Beyond the Lens: Silas Oo

Silas Oo

Shirt; belt; padded shorts; neon socks and chukka boots; all from Onitsuka Tiger

 

Possessing unconventional beauty suited for high fashion, 25-year-old Silas is fast making a name for himself in the local fashion industry with a lot of editorial shoots and runway shows already under his belt. When asked to look back at the beginning of his career, which wasn’t that too long ago back in 2018, Silas shares, “I used to work in a fashion retail store but then had to quit due to medical reasons. Right before I left, they asked me to do a fashion shoot for one of the brands that they were stocking. After that, I just sort of started delving deeper into it. Over time, I started taking my own photos and decided that I liked modelling. I then approached photographer Ridduan “TTFGA” Ismail. It took a few months to get to a point where we could do a shoot together. After that session, the demand for me blew up exponentially. I honestly have a lot to thank him for it.”

 

 

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Silas describes his personal style to be “a little bit macabre, texturised and exaggerated,” and favours playing with textures and silhouettes when creating a look. “Maison Margiela has always been my style inspiration but if we’re talking about artists, I’ve always been a fan of H.R Giger since I was a kid. Music-wise, I listen to a lot of rock, garage rock, experimental rock. It’s nothing too crazy. The one band that always stuck with me is The Strokes,” he muses.

 

 

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Just like all of us, Silas is looking forward to the day when we regain normalcy again, which feels like it may be soon on the horizon. “A lot of things have been greatly inhibited by the pandemic and I would love to see that rectified. I feel like the entertainment industry isn’t given enough credit for how much is needed. So many career opportunities have been made from entertainment, compared to, let’s
say, two generations ago. Today, more and more kids have the option to become an influencer or a celebrity. And that’s a luxury that I find quite unique,” he says.

 

Silas Oo

V-neck sweater; and shorts, both from Gucci. Neon socks and chukka boots; both from Onitsuka Tiger

 

In regard to the local fashion industry, Silas sees a lot of potential for its growth. “The brands that we currently have now are a lot more fun than they were 10 years ago. So I feel like it’s just a matter of time until we become more playful and more experimental,” he says.