Fashion

Fashion shoots, latest trends, shopping in Hong Kong, style tips and interviews with fashion insiders, beauty products
  1. 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…
  2. 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…
  3. 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…
  4. 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…
  5. 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,…
  6. 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…
  7. 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…
  8. Why did you decide to go into fashion? “I grew up in Hubei province and studied literature. I always wanted to do something creative related to arts and design. I was eventually attracted to fashion because I liked the idea of transforming an idea into something 3D, like an art piece. “I decided to go to Central Saint Martins [in Britain] after watching the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. It made London seem like an exciting city with lots to offer.” Why did you start your own label…
  9. Well, it finally happened: the Oscar for best film went to the actual best film. After some head-scratchingly awful 21st century winners – Crash (!), The King’s Speech (come on!) and the Driving Miss Daisy reverse retread Green Book (yes, it really did beat Roma and The Favourite), to name some of the most egregious examples – we finally got a best picture recipient in Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite that had voters, critics and the audience all nodding happily in agreement.Despite the frankly shameful…
  10. Are you at peace with the mould in your life? That would be the first line in my mould self-help book. Working title, Thanks a Lot, Mould. Living in humid Hong Kong, we all have to come to terms with mould in our lives. It’s particularly conspicuous when I switch out my clothes from one season in preparation for the next. I pull out a leather bag and find it covered in white spots. Thanks a lot, mould. Favourite sandals? Thanks a lot, mould. Another wake-up call came on a recent trip. I went…