She's got the blues
Carolyn Chow of Central Weddings and Occasions is a having a blue moment. 'I don't know why, but I have been drawn to blue this season,' she says with a shrug.
For the interview, she's wearing a blue Chanel cardigan over a plain white T-shirt, black city shorts and flats. 'This is what you'll find me in most of the time. I like to wear something casual, either shorts or dresses.'
She points to several day dresses, most of which also happen to be in various shades of blue - from cobalt to cerulean to Yves Klein blue.
Her latest purchase is an Hermes Kelly Amazon bag with a shoulder strap, in yet another shade of blue.
Her fascination with the colour often associated with royalty extends to her choice of footwear, as well. She prefers Tory Burch and Repetto flats during the day - 'I'm a mother of two and I'm running around all the time' - but at night, she breaks out the high heels. This season it's all about electric blue leather Yves Saint Laurent Tributes, Alexander Wangs and a pair of robotic-looking strappy sandals from Heavy Machine.
Chow was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied economics at Wellesley College in Boston, Massachusetts, but gravitated to fashion when she and a couple of her close friends opened Central Weddings and Occasions in 2006.
Chow also recently opened a children's learning centre that focuses on the arts and creative thinking called Smarticle Creative Learning Centre. 'We are always so focused on the academics, the maths and sciences. I opened the centre to help develop the other side of the brain through art classes and even teaching kids how to do magic tricks.'
All these responsibilities as a wife, mother and businesswoman dictate what she wears. She has no time to worry to much about putting together a look, and can't be bothered to fuss over which accessory goes with which ensemble.
On most days, Chow's only accessory will be a bag for her daily essentials. 'My style is really easy. That's why I like dresses because you don't have to think about mixing and matching. I go to Zara a lot. I have some from Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and No21,' she says, going through the many colourful dresses in her closet.
'I like to wear colour because it makes everything happy and lively,' she says.
Being petite, Chow is always having clothes altered. 'It's something about my body. I think I am too thin,' she says, pointing to her calves, which, she says, would never fit into those tall boots she would like to wear in winter.
'No matter what I buy, I need to have it altered. So my style advice would be to find a good tailor. That is very important.'