When you think of fashionable pop stars, who comes to mind? Women like Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and FKA twigs have all used clothing as a means of distinguishing themselves, but it might be time to add a new name to the list. Chinese pop star Victoria Song is one of the world’s best-dressed women, and her wardrobe of key looks from buzzy houses gives other divas a run for their money. When it comes to wearing the right piece at the right time, few can compete with Song, but it’s the ease she brings to ensembles that truly makes her a standout. Everyone and their mother is wearing Alessandro Michele’s Gucci creations of late, but when Song pairs butterfly embroidery and lace with a simple pair of cuffed jeans it feels organic, rather than trendy.
First appearing on the scene as a member of girl group f(x), Song soon went from stints on local reality shows to modeling and acting, most recently opposite Feng Shaofeng and Shu Qi in this summer’s Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding. During the press tour for the film, Song has consistently stepped out in unexpected runway looks, from Chanel suspenders and belted tweed minidresses to Burberry hot pants and Saint Laurent letterman jackets. The European fashion standards are mixed in with separates from Korean designer Seung Gun Park’s label Pushbutton, and Seoul Fashion Week mainstay, Lucky Chouette. Song often accessorizes with novelty add-ons, like Loewe’s panda purse and Gucci’s patch-covered Dionysus bag. Though she’s never sought out the outlandish gear favored by some of her contemporaries, with every new outfit Song manages to make an impact—check out some of her best moments, and see for yourself why she’s one of China’s biggest trendsetters.