Coco Chanel

A green head full of ideas

Seventeen-year-old Tiffany Wong Hoi-shan says: 'Art to me is a source of energy. It's the fuel that powers me through all the difficulties I face in life.'

It certainly seems to be working.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am

Six degrees

David Furnish (above), the sophisticated yang to Elton John's flamboyant yin, has become a 'mother', according to an American registrar's documents. The former advertising executive has been credited with saving the career of his ageing pop-star partner and the 17-year relationship has seen the Canadian mould the one-time cocaine-addled alcoholic into A-list royalty - and, now, a parent.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Forget shopping, this model's at work

Model-about-town Lisa Selesner has finally tied the knot with actor Daniel Wu Yin-cho but, as a modern couple, the pair are maintaining separate finances. Which may explain the wistful expression on Selesner's face as she showed off a diamond ring costing more than HK$1 million at Chanel's launch of its 18 Vendome jewellery collection.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen Bloomsbury HK$142

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Being Coco

Audrey Tautou is not the first actor to play Coco Chanel: her turn in Coco Before Chanel is only the latest attempt to conjure the spirit of the high priestess of haute couture - and she's not the last either ...

Katherine Hepburn in Coco (1969)

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Style meter


Chain-strap shoulder bags Iconic and stylish, Coco Chanel was onto something when she created the 2.55 more than 50 years ago.

Matte sequins Getting rid of unnecessary bling is in tune with the times. Besides, these sequins look much cooler.

15 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

New reality: if you think you can't afford it, you don't need to ask

The most surprising and unusual aspect of Chanel's Bijoux de Diamants jewellery exhibition, which opened with a reception at the Mandarin Oriental Connaught Room on Tuesday, wasn't that it paid tribute to Coco Chanel's very first jewellery collection in 1932, or that some of the standout pieces are presented against a video backdrop that creates a three-dimensional outer-space feel.

26 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

In your closet: Donna Chown

Wardrobe staple?

La Perla lingerie.

What would you never throw out?

My wedding dress.

Fashion no-nos?

Mismatched underwear.

Must-have accessory?

I always wear a watch, which is ironic as I'm generally late.

Most cherished fashion items?

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Great Lives - A Century of Obituaries

Great Lives - A Century of Obituaries

by The Times .

Times Books, HK$208

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Women who reached the top

This week Women in Business by David Evans

This book is about five women who became exceptionally rich through business.

You might wonder what's so special about that. The answer is that business, even today, is dominated by men. It's still hard for women to make it to the top, or start a business.

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The essence of black and white

Coco Chanel liked black and white. She felt they were underused and that women should be more aware that the absence of colour worked just as well as the use of colour.

'I said that black was the essence of it all,' Coco once said, a statement that would have made her popular with an earlier icon, Henry Ford, when he produced the Model T.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Chanel vision glows

Chanel held an exclusive cocktail reception at its Watch & Fine Jewellery Boutique in Prince's Building last month to announce its Les Perles de Chanel exhibition.

The collection marks a return to the classic style of Coco Chanel.

A bevy of models displayed the bling at an intimate jewellery show, while celebrity guests mingled happily.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

Pearl ardour

Many of Coco Chanel's favourite symbols have been incorporated into the brand's jewellery, ranging from the camellia and four-leafed clover to the quilted Matelasse pattern and stars. Coco's favourite accessories - pearls - make an appearance in the latest collection, Les Perles de Chanel.

30 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Flower power

Coco Chanel redefined fashion with her various signature trademarks: the little black dress, long pearls and, of course, her signature Camelia flower. Her favourite bloom gets the star treatment this season with the launch of Chanel's Camelia jewellery flower watch (left; $115,100).

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

In brief

Returned luggage

8 Sep 2004 - 12:00am