Fashion

Fashion shoots, latest trends, shopping in Hong Kong, style tips and interviews with fashion insiders, beauty products
  1. There’s no point pretending, the cascade of pandemic news is starting to get to me and, I’m sure, everyone else. Anxiety is up, optimism is down and the economy is flat­lining. Given the state of things, it can be hard to see any upside at the moment, and too easy to see levity as downplaying the situation or being glib and uncaring. All of which makes writing columns like this pretty tricky. But we can’t let the virus win. So this week’s column is all about good vibes, focusing on positive…
  2. Have you cut your bangs yet? That’s just one of the questionable social media trends at a moment when people all over the world are staying home. Although right now we have far greater concerns than how we look, I’ve made a to-do list for this unexpected home time while we all do our civic duty (#stayhome). First, reorganise bulging wardrobes. Decluttering queen Marie Kondo’s books and videos offer a guide, of course. A search for “closet detox” reveals multiple tutorials with different…
  3. You are likely to be home more than usual right now, which makes this the ideal time for that soothing beauty ritual: the sheet mask. While some debate their efficacy compared with regular masks in jars, there is nothing like lying down wearing one at the end of a long day. We recommend storing them in the fridge to enhance their effect.The SK-II Facial Treatment Mask (HK$640/six sheets, HK$950/10 sheets) is a favourite with celebrity make-up artists and their famous clients, who often use one…
  4. Rather belatedly, the West is quarantining itself to “flatten the curve” of the corona­virus spread, so for the next month or so billions of people will be looking for things to do at home. Binge-watching television is the easiest way to fill the hours, of course. Lockdown will also lead, one assumes, to more can­oodling and some predict a baby boom nine months from now. Before we all get clucky, I should say that recent empirical evidence out of China, which has experienced the worst of the…
  5. I have been thinking about weight a lot recently. Is it ever far from our minds? The many fat jokes that have accompanied self-quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic are a little too close to the bone – or new flab.A few disparate events have recently put the spotlight back on the fashion industry’s efforts to be inclusive when it comes to sizing. In Paris, celebration and controversy ensued when Dutch model Jill Kortleve walked Chanel’s autumn/winter 2020 runway, making her the first plus…
  6. Why specialise in menswear? “It came from deep within. I tried both, and womenswear felt difficult. Menswear came naturally and easily. Back then [five years ago], there were strict rules for menswear and womenswear but now those lines are blurring. The new generation wants something new – they don’t need another piece of clothing, they are looking for a new shape, technique or story. That’s why I am moving towards fluid and gender-free collections.”How would you describe your style? “I love…
  7. Comfort and style combine in this soft pastel-pink short pyjama set from Iris & Ink (HK$1,144), which will keep you cool and chic as temperatures rise. Available at The Outnet.This pyjama set (HK$1,980) from Hong Kong-based label Shanghai Tang stands out for its piping details and mandarin collar. It also comes in smaller sizes for children. Available at Shanghai Tang, 1 Duddell Street, Central.British designer Olivia von Halle specialises in luxurious silk pyjamas such as this set in lime…
  8. Are there certain types of clothing you look at, but never actually buy? For me, the hoodie is definitely one of them. Even during my university years, usually the apex of a person’s hoodie usage, I opted for a collegiate sweatshirt instead. Maybe it was the inevitable hair mussing, maybe it was the restricted neck turning, they just never appealed to me.I still consider and then reject beautiful cashmere hoodies as too casual. But as the line between sports­wear and luxury continues to blur,…
  9. With all the new perspective that travel brings, it was modes of dress and societal uniforms that struck me the most on a recent trip to America’s Silicon Valley. Male tech executives there really do walk down the streets of Palo Alto in Patagonia fleeces and khaki trousers. These men, some of them so wealthy they could afford to wear anything their heart desired, have replaced traditional suits with a more casual uniform.We often instinctively resist uniforms enforced by others because they…
  10. With the constant pace of change in global fashion, Chinese designers should not be limited to the “Made in China” label any more than be identified with China’s booming market of luxury consumption. This identity issue has become increasingly complex and multidimensional with global integration of fashion production, distribution and consumption, blurring past boundaries that separated Chinese from the non-Chinese, or, more commonly, from the Western.Over the past decade, a large number of…