Fashion

Fashion shoots, latest trends, shopping in Hong Kong, style tips and interviews with fashion insiders, beauty products
  1. If you were expecting the usual ramshackle scribblings from me about nothing in particular before a jarring pivot to hot watch chat, well, I’ve got news for you. It seems the market for watches in Hong Kong, and thus for hot watch chat, has – how do I put this charitably? – well, it’s gone a bit pear-shaped. Over the past six months, Hong Kong has lost its crown as the world’s No 1 market for Swiss watch exports to the United States of all places, and you don’t need me to rehash the reasons why…
  2. I keep reading that high heels are making a comeback. That may be true among fashion editors, but trainers continue to dominate footwear in the real world. I made it through this past holiday season barely slipping on a pair of heels twice, but my white Veja Esplars completed outfits daily, from a sequinned skirt on New Year’s Eve to jeans during recovery on New Year’s Day.My beloved heels sit on display in the shoe cabinet like shining trophies, sparking distant memories of days and nights…
  3. While January is filled with health kicks and fitness reboots, I’m battling the post-holiday blues with a detox of a different sort. Not a dry January or an extreme cleanse – I’ve been doing a wardrobe detox. I highly recommend it.It can be hard to know where to begin. Try honesty. There are countless self-help books to guide us, most notably Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2011). For me, though, it’s more about being honest than it is about finding joy in my possessions…
  4. At this year’s Golden Globes Awards some of the boldest red-carpet looks came courtesy of the biggest A-list stars, who outdid the young, up-and-coming celebrities with their adventurous and far from boring get-ups.Jennifer Lopez, nominated for her role in Hustlers , once again stole the show in a beautiful confection from Valentino. The golden bow of her gown is likely to inspire a slew of memes.Gwyneth Paltrow, another red-carpet veteran, went sheer, showing off her toned midriff in a tulle…
  5. What attracted you to hats? “I’ve always worn hats. Growing up in Hong Kong in the 1990s, I would wear men’s hats, trilbies and flat caps that I bought on trips to London, as they were quite unusual and a bit of a statement. That got me interested and, researching Philip Treacy’s hats, I realised they could be really special.”What was the first hat you made? “My first was for a family wedding in England 15 years ago. It was a floral comb with dangly bits that drew lots of compliments, so the…
  6. Princess dressing has been the bane of parents for decades. And we are in for another avalanche of Princess Elsa dresses, crowns, slippers, pyjamas and whatever else they can think of. Frozen II was released last month and with it another snowstorm of merchandise. Chilling. We had almost let it go (sorry) after the first Frozen, in 2013, but Disney couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Frozen merchandise and licensing raked in billions of dollars more than its box-office sales. Brides who take…
  7. We may have to wait until the Golden Globes on January 6 before award season kicks into high gear but the party that hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs threw at his home in Los Angeles to celebrate his 50th birthday over the weekend was one for the history books. The guest list was a who’s who of A-listers and included the Kardashian clan, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg, all of them looking sharp and glamorous in black-tie attire. Combs, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West and Jay-Z,…
  8. With the holidays comes kitsch, from ironic (read: hideous) Christmas jumpers, novelty earrings and reindeer and Santa headwearto matching pyjamas for all the family. One example of this I have yet to understand is holiday make-up, as if you suddenly have to show up looking like Lady Gaga. MAC Cosmetics has a holiday make-up look called Twinkling Drama. I’m not sure about your family, but mine doesn’t need any more drama during the holidays. Twinkling, though, I’m open to. Glam rock stars of…
  9. You started off as a model then became an actress. Why branch into jewellery? “I was born in China but moved to Virginia Beach, in the United States, when I was around 12. At 15, I started modelling and was influ­enced by the artistic side of fashion. “Although I never loved jewellery, I was a treasure hunter as a kid and collected rocks, glass and rhine­stones. I never let go of the habit, so when I started making money I would buy all sorts of stones and natural coloured diamonds. “I had…
  10. What is the worst Christmas gift you’ve received? The wine holder in the shape of a sparkly pink Birkin has got to be in the top 10.When I was single, I received a “Tea Set for One” decorated with pictures of cats. There was the dancing Santa Claus from a distant relative as a wedding present – in June. Etiquette tells us to gratefully accept whatever we are given. Times have changed, though. The world is choking on all the stuff we buy, especially during the holidays. We need new rules.Is it…