Andrew Seow Of Growing Up Is Your Style Icon For S/S17

In this three-part series, we take a look at how local film and TV characters are proving to be global style inspirations.

BY Janie Cai | Jan 6, 2017 | Fashion

Screenshot of Andrew Seow as Gary Tay in Mediacorp’s TV series Growing Up (1996- 2001).


Style source: The eldest son of the Tay family, Gary Tay (played by Andrew Seow--where is he now, anyways?)

Style inspiration: Seow’s bad-boy posturing found a perfect home in the open-collared shirts over singlets, curry-pok hair and tight trousers of his character’s wardrobe. From the white-on-white sobriety of the ’60s all the way to his more flamboyant outfits of his character in the ’70s. Both styles have their starring moment for next spring-summer.

S/S17 interpretation: See more below.




Lemaire S/S17

Christophe Lemaire brings Gary Tay to life on the Parisian runway with a timeless look which has its subtlety underscored by the gentle contrast of ecru slit-pocket shirt against the stark white tank.




Valentino S/S17

Hardware accents in the form of metal bracelets and a heavy chain necklace imbue the outfit with a slightly ominous, but no less sleek, vibe.




Moschino S/S17

If you’re going to floor it then don’t hold back. Moschino does just that with this floral-on-floral number that ratchets up the ’70s fever, which likely combines Gary’s entire era wardrobe in the process.


Paul Smith



Paul Smith S/S17

Loud, patterned shirt, check. Popped-up collar and insouciant attitude, check. The pleated trousers and embroidered leather shoes are a nice touch too.


Louis Vuitton



Louis Vuitton S/S17

Kim Jones plays it subtle, updating the monogram print in a soft silk number with illustrative elements in collaboration with the Chapman brothers. It may be less brazen than Seow’s original look but think of it as a grown-up Gary (with a deeper wardrobe budget). 



See how Adrian Pang's character in Forever Fever inspires the S/S17 collection in part one of this feature.