DJ turns the tables on style
Before she stumbled upon the music business eight years ago, Wong Yat-tung, better known as DJ Miss Yellow, was a model, beauty pageant contestant and jobbing actress for TVB. To mark her change of career, she chopped off her signature long hair, traded it for an edgy Chelsea cut and bleached it blond.
The walk-in closet in her flat in Tai Po also documents her drastic change in style, with clothes that range from girlie to tomboyish.
'I have something here for every occasion because I buy versatile things,' she says. 'I'm blessed with feminine features, so I can get more adventurous with a boyish look.'
There's a rack full of Adidas Originals track jackets and printed leggings, while more feminine choices include body-hugging tube dresses in black and leopard print.
'My off-duty uniform is oversized T-shirts with leggings, and my trustworthy Chlo? Sevigny for Opening Ceremony booties and vintage shades,' she says.
Wong has so many T-shirts that she categorises them by colour.
'I converted to Christianity, so I've been buying a lot of T-shirts bearing Christian messages from local designer Amen Papa. I'm wearing them for my new record company campaign shoot,' she says. 'They are meaningful to wear and hip, as well.'
Her shoe rack also demonstrates her boy-meets-girl style - think colourful Reebok and Nike high-top sneakers, Harley-Davidson motorcycle boots and pink L.A.M.B heels, as well as animal-print pumps from Dolce & Gabbana.
'I tend not to spend a lot of money on clothes, as some of them may only be worn once or twice. However, I do invest in good shoes. I think you're always able to tell the quality of footwear and other accessories,' she says.
Among her designer investments are a Hermes tote, a few Chanel chain bags, including a classic vintage 2.55 in turquoise, a silver bowling holdall from Junya Watanabe as well as a boxy satchel from Jean Paul Gaultier and a Prada backpack, both vintage.
'Like most city girls, I have a soft spot for bags, but I don't buy into the so-called it bags,' she says. 'The thing with Hong Kong style is that people follow trends as soon as they appear. I love to be fashionable but also original, so I try to avoid the hip items that everyone's wearing.'
Becoming a DJ, says Wong, who plays a mix of electro, hip hop and R&B in her sets, has changed her style dramatically.
'When I was still acting, I wore a lot of girlie and very office lady outfits. I still wear some today when I'm in the mood, but I man them up with my accessories and hairstyle,' she says.
Having been in the business for almost eight years, she says being a female DJ takes a lot more than just the right look.
'I used to dress to the nines when I first started DJing, partly because I could finally express myself with what I wore, having left my acting job behind. And, of course, I wanted to be hot on the eye. But now I'm trying to tone it down a bit and be more serious as a DJ. I want people to focus on my music,' she says.
The items that have retained their spots in her wardrobe over the years are mostly vintage finds she's been collecting since she was a teenager. Among them is an impressive coat dress with fur trim, which she picked up for HK$2,000 at second-hand boutique Mee & Gee.
'I bought it with my allowance when I was in high school, so it was a pretty big deal back then,' she says. 'I don't wear it as often now, but there are a lot of memories attached to it, and I love the style.'
She also has a collection of more than 100 pairs of sunglasses. She loves shades so much that she has considered developing her own range. Her favourites are a pair by Versace in white leather and a Bruce Lee-inspired pair of Vans.
'Before, I always worried about people not approving of what I wore. I cared far too much about what others might think of me,' she says. 'But now I'm happy to wear whatever I want. And once I stopped caring about other people's opinions, I found my own style.'