Every time we spot Declan Chan rubbing shoulders with the designers and fashion personnel du jour at yet another fashion event, he's always painstakingly dressed to the nines. Whether he's on a shopping spree or backpacking in Europe, his outfits always have to be Tommy Ton photo-ready. He confesses that the only time you'll spot him in a sweatshirt is when he's up in the air. Opening up his closet on a Friday evening, the fashion maven and senior creative services manager with Lane Crawford is in mix-and-match heaven. For the shoot he has opted for Prada's vintage-print pyjama jacket with a denim tunic, a Topman T-shirt, paired with slouchy Acne pants and tied at the waist with a Dries Van Noten belt. 'Well, I do buy a lot of clothes, but I don't see a problem,' says Chan. 'It's a moderated occupational hazard. Shopaholics buy expensive things and never wear them. I know exactly what I want, and I wear them all the time.' Chan's walk-in closet is neatly organised, filled with racks of established designer brands and labels from up-and-comers that frontline fashionistas would nod at appreciatively. 'I would say my style is dandy with a quirky twist. I salute the classics, iconic prints and statement pieces, but I also want a playful edge to it,' he says. His Stubbs & Wootton slippers - with a screw print on the right foot and capital U on the left - illustrate the point. Two main categories dominate the space in Chan's wardrobe: prints (especially floral this season) and luxe basics. 'I know. I do wear a lot of prints, especially for a guy,' he says. Recent purchases include Christopher Kane's tie-dye floral print T-shirt, Celine's multicoloured peony print trousers, Jil Sander's paisley print shirt, Givenchy's birds of paradise print and Prada's daisy tote bag. He's also fond of a one-of-a-kind green leafy printed top that Russian designer Vika Gazinskaya made him while he was in Paris last year for fashion week. The key to wearing prints, Chan says, is to wear just one type at a time and clash it with printed accessories. 'You want the focus to be on just one print or it gets messy. I often layer navy-coloured items with the print. Instead of black, I find blue way more subtle and chic. I don't wear anything black except shoes,' he says. 'That's why I want every single look from Dries Van Noten's spring-summer collection. The first 10 looks are all navy.' Chan says his go-to brand for luxe basics, to layer and tone down loud prints, is Acne. 'Shopping at Acne can be dangerous. I picked up five things in five minutes when I entered the shop in Paris,' he says, laughing. Another favourite is Prada. 'Its use of colour, style and interpretation of aesthetics are mesmerising, and that's why I always find something to lust after every time I go into a Prada shop. Even though some of the pieces I got were iconic seasons before, I still find them interesting to incorporate into a new season's uniform,' he says. The fashion darling confesses he shops more in the women's section in Lane Crawford than in the men's. 'First it's for practical reasons: I'm skinny, so women's pants fit better. Also I'm not a fan of men's tailoring or the flamboyant over-the-top style in menswear, so I find a lot of unisex styles in womenswear,' he says. Among them are shirts and trousers from Celine, J.W. Anderson print pants and a Givenchy T-shirt. 'Celine makes a lot of sense,' he says. 'It's largely based on a men's silhouette, and it's boxy.' Chan also has a soft spot for shoes, and prefers to invest in dress shoes rather than sneakers. Some of his favourites include a pair from Lanvin - the most expensive pair he recalls buying, at more than HK$10,000. 'It's perfect. It has the classic Oxford shape, with a zipper closure and mountaineering sole. There are just so many details incorporated into the shoe. Money well spent.' Chan, who shops two or three times a week, confesses to being quite a fashion hoarder. We're fooled by the neat appearance of his wardrobe until he confesses later on his Weibo page that his wardrobe has not been this tidy for a long, long while. Ever fashion-conscious, Chan makes a 'what to wear' stylebook when he goes to fashion weeks. 'It saves time and helps me pack,' he says. 'But really, dressing up is already a part of my lifestyle. I don't even realise I'm doing it any more. It's certainly stress-free.' Now, that sounds like a true fashion junkie talking.