Christina Ko

Christina Ko

Hong Kong-based writer and editor Christina has covered the luxury scene for over a decade. She covers topics ranging from beauty and wellness to arts and culture. Formerly the editorial director of Prestige Hong Kong, she has written for various publications including Hong Kong Tatler, Discovery and Silverkris, as well as for clients such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Estee Lauder and Lane Crawford.

Latest from Christina Ko

Hong Kong building that’s a hotbed of political thought amid the protests, and how cheap rents allowed artistic community to flourish there

Flats let at below-market rates to emerging artists and community activists have transformed a Wan Chai block. Critics have labelled it a base for rioters.

25 Nov 2019 - 6:38PM

Flats let at below-market rates to emerging artists and community activists have transformed a Wan Chai block. Critics have labelled it a base for rioters.

Hong Kong building that’s a hotbed of political thought amid the protests, and how cheap rents allowed artistic community to flourish there
It’s not political, it’s art, he says: Hong Kong artist Frog King opens exhibition filled with protest references

Umbrellas, tear gas, a reference to protest forums – but at the launch of an exhibition of his recent work, artist Kwok Mang-ho insists he’s ‘not a political demonstrator’.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:37PM

Umbrellas, tear gas, a reference to protest forums – but at the launch of an exhibition of his recent work, artist Kwok Mang-ho insists he’s ‘not a political demonstrator’.

It’s not political, it’s art, he says: Hong Kong artist Frog King opens exhibition filled with protest references
Has Hillary Clinton started a trend? Chanel, Louis Vuitton and others discover the joy of wearing pantsuits

Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Alexander McQueen join others in presenting suits in every colour of the rainbow that former first lady Hillary Clinton would love

30 Oct 2019 - 4:45PM

Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Alexander McQueen join others in presenting suits in every colour of the rainbow that former first lady Hillary Clinton would love

Has Hillary Clinton started a trend? Chanel, Louis Vuitton and others discover the joy of wearing pantsuits
Melania Trump, Carrie Symonds, Carrie Lam – what can we tell from the style statements of 6 women in politics?

Dissecting the wardrobes of women in seats of power, whether it’s the wives of leaders or those in the hot seat themselves, is a favourite pastime of the public

4 Oct 2019 - 10:13AM

Dissecting the wardrobes of women in seats of power, whether it’s the wives of leaders or those in the hot seat themselves, is a favourite pastime of the public

Melania Trump, Carrie Symonds, Carrie Lam – what can we tell from the style statements of 6 women in politics?
Ralph Lauren, Supreme, Nikes: inside the closet of fashion and food entrepreneur Wil Fang

Founder of The DPT Group, Wil Fang worked at Ralph Lauren for 10 years and credits much of his style sense to that time, although he does feel he is sometimes ‘annoyingly conscious’ about what he wears.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:33PM

Founder of The DPT Group, Wil Fang worked at Ralph Lauren for 10 years and credits much of his style sense to that time, although he does feel he is sometimes ‘annoyingly conscious’ about what he wears.

Ralph Lauren, Supreme, Nikes: inside the closet of fashion and food entrepreneur Wil Fang
Made for the fake-news era, this photographer’s work was ahead of its time

American Philip-Lorca diCorcia tested the line between fact and fiction in the pre-Photoshop era, as a retrospective at David Zwirner in Hong Kong shows; it’s one of a number of art photography shows in the city.

21 Sep 2019 - 8:02PM

American Philip-Lorca diCorcia tested the line between fact and fiction in the pre-Photoshop era, as a retrospective at David Zwirner in Hong Kong shows; it’s one of a number of art photography shows in the city.

Made for the fake-news era, this photographer’s work was ahead of its time
Designer vaginas without the surgery: Ultra Femme 360 vaginal rejuvenation – who needs it, what it does

Young women who want better sex or appearance down there, older women who experience dryness or itchiness, and menopausal women can all benefit from procedure, which is pain-free and takes just eight minutes.

12 Sep 2019 - 12:11PM

Young women who want better sex or appearance down there, older women who experience dryness or itchiness, and menopausal women can all benefit from procedure, which is pain-free and takes just eight minutes.

Designer vaginas without the surgery: Ultra Femme 360 vaginal rejuvenation – who needs it, what it does
Why Carrie Lam’s fashion choices may say more than she does

In July her outfits were noticeably drab and dark as the crisis worsened, but she was back to her favoured pastels after the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office reaffirmed its support for her. Now she defaults to a navy-skirt-suit uniform.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:42PM

In July her outfits were noticeably drab and dark as the crisis worsened, but she was back to her favoured pastels after the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office reaffirmed its support for her. Now she defaults to a navy-skirt-suit uniform.

Why Carrie Lam’s fashion choices may say more than she does
The facialist Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller use – and three others who celebrities rate

London-based Teresa Tarmey’s clients include Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller. An early adopter of techniques such as LED light therapy, her reputation extends across the globe.

25 Aug 2019 - 6:27PM

London-based Teresa Tarmey’s clients include Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller. An early adopter of techniques such as LED light therapy, her reputation extends across the globe.

The facialist Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller use – and three others who celebrities rate
How Pepe the Frog became face of Hong Kong protests – despite cartoon being a symbol of hate in US

Pepe the Frog is a smug cartoon frog that has become the face of Hong Kong’s summer of unrest. However, many Hongkongers don’t realise the frog is actually a symbol of America’s alt-right movement.

17 Aug 2019 - 6:39PM

Pepe the Frog is a smug cartoon frog that has become the face of Hong Kong’s summer of unrest. However, many Hongkongers don’t realise the frog is actually a symbol of America’s alt-right movement.

How Pepe the Frog became face of Hong Kong protests – despite cartoon being a symbol of hate in US
How drag queen Victoria Sin is tackling notions of binary and fixed gender

Sin is not your typical drag queen. A biological female, Sin uses the pronoun ‘they’ and believes drag is for all. Sin talks about Ru Paul’s Drag Race, make-up and costumes, performing in clubs and performance art.

14 Oct 2019 - 1:03PM

Sin is not your typical drag queen. A biological female, Sin uses the pronoun ‘they’ and believes drag is for all. Sin talks about Ru Paul’s Drag Race, make-up and costumes, performing in clubs and performance art.

How drag queen Victoria Sin is  tackling notions of binary and fixed gender
Sustainable skincare: the Dutch brand changing fragrance and body care industry one spray bottle at a time

Zenology prides itself on bringing hotel luxury into the home; its fragrance and body care products are made without parabens, sulphates or colourants. Initially used in hotels and travel kits, they can now be bought in luxury stores.

5 Jul 2019 - 8:00PM

Zenology prides itself on bringing hotel luxury into the home; its fragrance and body care products are made without parabens, sulphates or colourants. Initially used in hotels and travel kits, they can now be bought in luxury stores.

Sustainable skincare: the Dutch brand changing fragrance and body care industry one spray bottle at a time
Inside former Vogue China fashion editor Grace Lam’s wardrobe, where less is more

Stylist Grace Lam is a contributing editor at Lane Crawford and creative stylist for luggage brand Ookonn. While she has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, she lives by the rule of less is more.

10 Jul 2019 - 6:46PM

Stylist Grace Lam is a contributing editor at Lane Crawford and creative stylist for luggage brand Ookonn. While she has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, she lives by the rule of less is more.

Inside former Vogue China fashion editor Grace Lam’s wardrobe, where less is more
Biologique Recherche, the skincare brand Glossier wants to be, and how it was created for one woman

Since releasing its P50 lotion in 1970, Biologique Recherche has become a yardstick many other brands compare themselves to. Creative head Philippe Allouche, son of the brand’s founders, explains its origins and why he likes copycats.

24 May 2019 - 3:03AM

Since releasing its P50 lotion in 1970, Biologique Recherche has become a yardstick many other brands compare themselves to. Creative head Philippe Allouche, son of the brand’s founders, explains its origins and why he likes copycats.

Biologique Recherche, the skincare brand Glossier wants to be, and how it was created for one woman
The lipstick revolution: how pretty packaging is making smiles more sustainable

Brands are offering customised ‘keeper’ cases that can double as jewellery, and hopefully help reduce the billion lipsticks that we throw away each year.

24 Apr 2019 - 11:00AM

Brands are offering customised ‘keeper’ cases that can double as jewellery, and hopefully help reduce the billion lipsticks that we throw away each year.

The lipstick revolution: how pretty packaging is making smiles more sustainable
The Bali wellness resort expanding to Hong Kong that grew out of a Cinderella love story

Chicco Tatriele and his wife, Lahra, had a fairy tale romance that encouraged the couple to establish Fivelements, an eco-conscious wellness retreat. The next step is the opening of Fivelements Habitat in Hong Kong’s Times Square in July.

19 Apr 2019 - 1:03PM

Chicco Tatriele and his wife, Lahra, had a fairy tale romance that encouraged the couple to establish Fivelements, an eco-conscious wellness retreat. The next step is the opening of Fivelements Habitat in Hong Kong’s Times Square in July.

The Bali wellness resort expanding to Hong Kong that grew out of a Cinderella love story
Five superfoods that will boost your natural beauty – from green tea to turmeric

Turmeric is known for its health benefits but it can also play a major role in your beauty routine. Find out more about this spice, and four other beauty favourites

10 Apr 2019 - 12:37PM

Turmeric is known for its health benefits but it can also play a major role in your beauty routine. Find out more about this spice, and four other beauty favourites

Five superfoods that will boost your natural beauty – from green tea to turmeric
Vintage Chanel and Hermès for her, ’90s street style or preppy daddy look for him, Supreme tees for both

‘Like, where is this guy going?’ Laura Li thought the first time she met Hiro Kinoshita wearing animal-print pants. Today she pairs his T-shirts with Céline.

8 Mar 2019 - 12:18PM

‘Like, where is this guy going?’ Laura Li thought the first time she met Hiro Kinoshita wearing animal-print pants. Today she pairs his T-shirts with Céline.

Vintage Chanel and Hermès for her, ’90s street style or preppy daddy look for him, Supreme tees for both
Beauty hacks, from tattooed eyebrows to lip colour, eye liner, and concealer – moving on from microblading

‘They want to wake up with make-up,’ says Hong Kong beauty salon owner Rebecca Chung of customers who’ve moved on from microblading to other semi-permanent and permanent make-up procedures.

4 Feb 2019 - 8:32AM

‘They want to wake up with make-up,’ says Hong Kong beauty salon owner Rebecca Chung of customers who’ve moved on from microblading to other semi-permanent and permanent make-up procedures.

Beauty hacks, from tattooed eyebrows to lip colour, eye liner, and concealer – moving on from microblading
‘Anything goes’ for this Hong Kong fan of Issey Miyake, Etro, and Dries Van Noten, who’s mad about colours

Laura Cheung, Hong Kong boutique owner and a fan of colours, prints and patterns — think Dries Van Noten, Etro, Giambattista Valli – threw out all her husband’s American khaki pants in favour of a sharper, more European silhouette.

7 Jan 2019 - 7:52PM

Laura Cheung, Hong Kong boutique owner and a fan of colours, prints and patterns — think Dries Van Noten, Etro, Giambattista Valli – threw out all her husband’s American khaki pants in favour of a sharper, more European silhouette.

‘Anything goes’ for this Hong Kong fan of Issey Miyake, Etro, and Dries Van Noten, who’s mad about colours
Custom skincare: how tech is shaking up the way we buy beauty products

From DNA tests to clever algorithms to convenient new devices, technology is creating a whole new market for made-to-measure skincare, where products can be customised to fit individual lifestyles

3 Jan 2019 - 6:57PM

From DNA tests to clever algorithms to convenient new devices, technology is creating a whole new market for made-to-measure skincare, where products can be customised to fit individual lifestyles

Custom skincare: how tech is shaking up the way we buy beauty products
From KFC founder Colonel Sanders’ white suit to Antiques Roadshow – the life of America’s second ever female auctioneer

America’s second ever female auctioneer, Kathleen Guzman talks about selling Colonel Sanders white suit for US$25,000, starring on Antiques Roadshow and decades working for the top auction houses in the world.

23 Dec 2018 - 3:15PM

America’s second ever female auctioneer, Kathleen Guzman talks about selling Colonel Sanders white suit for US$25,000, starring on Antiques Roadshow and decades working for the top auction houses in the world.

From KFC founder Colonel Sanders’ white suit to Antiques Roadshow – the life of America’s second ever female auctioneer
Christmas shopping online creates waste mountain of packaging from luxury retailers

When you’ve built your strategy around offering a luxury experience right down to the packaging, adopting environment-friendly policies is fraught with commercial risks. Still, some online retailers are going down this road.

14 Dec 2018 - 4:16PM

When you’ve built your strategy around offering a luxury experience right down to the packaging, adopting environment-friendly policies is fraught with commercial risks. Still, some online retailers are going down this road.

Christmas shopping online creates waste mountain of packaging from luxury retailers
Inside bridal boutique owner Jacqueline Au’s wardrobe, full of surprises

It was Jacqueline Au’s search for a wedding dress that inspired her to open her boutique; when she hit on a Giambattista Valli dress with a 40-yard train, it had to go into storage for a year. Her everyday style is simple: monochrome and heels.

6 Dec 2018 - 12:54PM

It was Jacqueline Au’s search for a wedding dress that inspired her to open her boutique; when she hit on a Giambattista Valli dress with a 40-yard train, it had to go into storage for a year. Her everyday style is simple: monochrome and heels.

Inside bridal boutique owner Jacqueline Au’s wardrobe, full of surprises
From Madonna’s mask to Philips water mister: DIY beauty gadgets give you a spa experience at home

These gadgets are for hair curling and removal, facial masks, LED light and microcurrent therapy and water misters. These tools offer the latest beauty treatments in your own home.

14 Nov 2018 - 8:14PM

These gadgets are for hair curling and removal, facial masks, LED light and microcurrent therapy and water misters. These tools offer the latest beauty treatments in your own home.

From Madonna’s mask to Philips water mister: DIY beauty gadgets give you a spa experience at home
Wakesurfing – get in shape to master carving, ollies, shuvs, 720 spins and riding backside

Celebrity social media posts have ignited a craze for wakesurfing, sport where you ride a speedboat’s wake and that’s less strenuous than wakeboarding. Get in shape to master carving, ollies, shuvs, 720 spins and riding backside.

9 Nov 2018 - 8:52PM

Celebrity social media posts have ignited a craze for wakesurfing, sport where you ride a speedboat’s wake and that’s less strenuous than wakeboarding. Get in shape to master carving, ollies, shuvs, 720 spins and riding backside.

Wakesurfing – get in shape to master carving, ollies, shuvs, 720 spins and riding backside
Sneaker freak Japanese chef who swaps food for the latest Off-Whites – and queues hours for jewellery

AJs, Air Force 1s, Nike SBs, Off-Whites – Hong Kong-based Shun Sato has over 200 pairs of trainers, and loves vintage kimonos, and denim of course; he once queued 10 hours in Harajuku, Tokyo, with singer/actor Shawn Yue to buy Goro hand-made jewellery.

8 Nov 2018 - 1:36PM

AJs, Air Force 1s, Nike SBs, Off-Whites – Hong Kong-based Shun Sato has over 200 pairs of trainers, and loves vintage kimonos, and denim of course; he once queued 10 hours in Harajuku, Tokyo, with singer/actor Shawn Yue to buy Goro hand-made jewellery.

Sneaker freak Japanese chef who swaps food for the latest Off-Whites – and queues  hours for jewellery
The man behind revolutionary skincare brand Diane Kruger, Dakota Johnson and Demi Moore love

German research scientist Augustinus Bader launched his eponymous beauty line in February, and Hollywood A-listers were quick to sing its praises. It employs stem cell technology he used to heal severe burns.

7 Nov 2018 - 3:54PM

German research scientist Augustinus Bader launched his eponymous beauty line in February, and Hollywood A-listers were quick to sing its praises. It employs stem cell technology he used to heal severe burns.

The man behind revolutionary skincare brand Diane Kruger, Dakota Johnson and Demi Moore love
Why personal training is back in trend among fitness fans in Hong Kong

Forget cycling in the dark or trampolining your way to a new you, it seems personal training is seeing a resurgence in popularity in Hong Kong

1 Nov 2018 - 11:00AM

Forget cycling in the dark or trampolining your way to a new you, it seems personal training is seeing a resurgence in popularity in Hong Kong

Why personal training is back in trend among fitness fans in Hong Kong
Instagram hits: eight beauty brands that owe their start to social media site

The social media site serves as a powerful catalyst to boost brand awareness – Forbes estimates model and reality-TV star Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics will be worth US$1 billion by next year.

10 Oct 2018 - 9:33PM

The social media site serves as a powerful catalyst to boost brand awareness – Forbes estimates model and reality-TV star Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics will be worth US$1 billion by next year.

Instagram hits: eight beauty brands that owe their start  to social media site