Fashion

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  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. Being glib is all too easy when writing about mechanical watches, as for the most part the industry is absolutely ridiculous. Think about it: the whole business is based on contraptions invented in the 17th century that are a million times less accur­ate than your phone. Still, I can’t quit these little metal monsters and, with Christmas around the corner, I’ve stopped watching the Prince “Can’t Sweat, Won’t Sweat” Andrew car crash interview and had a proper think about what would make the best…
  4. Shanghai Tang has teamed up with Chinese shoemaker Bing Xu for a series of slippers (HK$2,980) embroidered with cute scenes such as this cat and a mouse. Available at Shanghai Tang, Duddell Street, Central.The newly opened MoMa Design Store offers a range of tote bags (HK$98 each) adorned with quotes from artists in MoMA’s collection, including Yoko Ono, Carrie Mae Weems and Pierre Bonnard. Available at MoMa Design Store, K11 Musea, Tsim Sha Tsui.Saigon-based fragrance label Cochine has created…
  5. Party season sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? This year, my first Christmas party set a record. It was on November 13. I used to think early December invitations were aggressive. On receiving the invite, my first thought was: what am I going to wear? I don’t think I’m alone. A mad scramble in my wardrobe ensued. That LBD I’ve worn multiple times is easy to transform with accessories, but a memor­able statement dress? Not so much, especially if you move in Hong Kong’s small circles. I don’t…
  6. How did you come to work with refugees in Malaysia? “Back in 2008, I met a few refugee families living in Malaysia. I was hosting a documentary for UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] and sat in one family’s home listening to their story. I left that day committed to making sure these kids would have access to education and a brighter future.“Today, over 170,000 refugees in Malaysia cannot work legally or access pub­lic-education services and have limit­ed access to health…
  7. I still can’t believe grey hair is in fashion. We are bombarded with messages telling us women must look young at all costs. Yet so-called granny chic has strengthened into a major trend over the past few years. L’Oreal named silver the hair colour of 2019. I’d love for this to be a movement against the pressure to never age, and the resulting plastification of women. But there’s a catch: you have to be gorgeous and tanned to pull it off, and preferably young. At least, that’s what the images…
  8. Why did you start Tove & Libra?Christine Chow Chia-sze: “One of our goals is to help women create a more streamlined wardrobe, with items that they will wear more; dress more with less. Our styles are timeless.”Describe your collection.Chow: “We have tailored tuxedo pants, pieces made from 100 per cent cashmere, ribbed tees in a wool and cotton blend, jumpsuits made with Tencel. The mate­rials are upcycled using leftover textiles from other designers’ productions. Our bestselling item is our…
  9. This column has never been big on technology. The idea of robot butlers, drone deliveries and smart fridges fills us with dread as there’s no doubt in our mind that the machines will turn on us when they become sentient. I, for one, do not look forward to welcoming our robot overlords.That said, I have come to love the activity trackers that now come as standard on smartwatches now. Of course, I love them not for their intended use, which is to track your exercise progress, but rather they are…
  10. I’ve given up shopping for clothes in Hong Kong. It’s not just the massive void between fast fashion and designer labels – I feel too old for the former and lack the budget for the latter – it’s the sizing issue. Buying a dress should be fun – browse the rails, pick out something you like and try it on. Not so if you’re a Western woman or larger than petite. Instead of asking for my size, I get straight down to it and address the, err, elephant in the room. “What’s your biggest size?” I ask. …