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

Birkin or Kelly? Mini or oversized, vintage or new – which Hermès handbags will go up in value?

Birkin or Kelly? Vintage or new? How to buy a splurge handbag that can only go up in value

10 Jul 2020 - 4:49PM

Birkin or Kelly? Vintage or new? How to buy a splurge handbag that can only go up in value

Birkin or Kelly? Mini or oversized, vintage or new – which Hermès handbags will go up in value?
Would you pay US$200,000 for a second-hand Hermès Birkin handbag? Here’s how you can buy one

They are up there with gold as an investment and in these uncertain times the fashion set are rushing to put their money in Hermès Birkin handbags

7 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM

They are up there with gold as an investment and in these uncertain times the fashion set are rushing to put their money in Hermès Birkin handbags

Would you pay US$200,000 for a second-hand Hermès Birkin handbag? Here’s how you can buy one
Inside a magical wedding in Spain with lunch on a beach, a ceremony in a forest and an after-party with DJ Luciano

A couple who met in the lift of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel married in a lavish wedding in Ibiza, Spain – complete with synchronised swimmers, celebrity DJs, and waiters who broke into song.

3 May 2020 - 8:28PM

A couple who met in the lift of the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong hotel married in a lavish wedding in Ibiza, Spain – complete with synchronised swimmers, celebrity DJs, and waiters who broke into song.

Inside a magical wedding in Spain with lunch on a beach, a ceremony in a forest and an after-party with DJ Luciano
Why Versace, Valentino and Balmain looked to the 1990s for their spring/summer collections

Bella Hadid donned 1990s-inspired looks on the catwalk for Off-White, a green dress akin to Jennifer Lopez’s 2001 frock was a Versace show-stopper and Balmain packed vintage references into shows

3 May 2020 - 3:00PM

Bella Hadid donned 1990s-inspired looks on the catwalk for Off-White, a green dress akin to Jennifer Lopez’s 2001 frock was a Versace show-stopper and Balmain packed vintage references into shows

Why Versace, Valentino and Balmain looked to the 1990s for their spring/summer collections
How your blood type can guide your coronavirus workout – Hailey Bieber is a believer

Use your blood type to figure out your most effective exercise routine to stay fit and focused during the coming weeks of lockdown – from home yoga for type A to Zoom workouts for type B

3 Apr 2020 - 9:00AM

Use your blood type to figure out your most effective exercise routine to stay fit and focused during the coming weeks of lockdown – from home yoga for type A to Zoom workouts for type B

How your blood type can guide your coronavirus workout – Hailey Bieber is a believer
What it’s like to postpone a wedding amid coronavirus pandemic

The global coronavirus outbreak has caused many weddings to be postponed. We talk to some Hong Kong brides- and grooms-to-be about how they are navigating last-minute rescheduling for themselves and their guests.

1 Apr 2020 - 12:43PM

The global coronavirus outbreak has caused many weddings to be postponed. We talk to some Hong Kong brides- and grooms-to-be about how they are navigating last-minute rescheduling for themselves and their guests.

What it’s like to postpone a wedding amid coronavirus pandemic
New Hong Kong art museum debuts, welcoming small groups with 30 high-quality Monet reproductions

The coronavirus pandemic has shut most art institutions, but new museum the Metropolis is making its debut next week. The museum’s focus will be on high-quality reproductions of European masterpieces.

22 Mar 2020 - 7:10PM

The coronavirus pandemic has shut most art institutions, but new museum the Metropolis is making its debut next week. The museum’s focus will be on high-quality reproductions of European masterpieces.

New Hong Kong art museum debuts, welcoming small groups with 30 high-quality Monet reproductions
How a Hong Kong bookstore owner is creating a new way of consuming the written word

Hong Kong second-hand bookshop owner Surdham Lam wants to create a lending library that lets borrowers keep the books as long as they like. The idea is to promote reading and to make books a cool accessory.

19 Mar 2020 - 4:53PM

Hong Kong second-hand bookshop owner Surdham Lam wants to create a lending library that lets borrowers keep the books as long as they like. The idea is to promote reading and to make books a cool accessory.

How a Hong Kong bookstore owner is creating a new way of consuming the written word
Five stages of trauma recovery brought to life by artists amid Coronavirus outbreak and Hong Kong protests help audience deal with current times

The coronavirus outbreak and Hong Kong protests prove the perfect foil for a new exhibition at OUR Gallery in Wan Chai where five installations created by Chinese University student artists convey the five stages of trauma recovery.

24 Feb 2020 - 5:56PM

The coronavirus outbreak and Hong Kong protests prove the perfect foil for a new exhibition at OUR Gallery in Wan Chai where five installations created by Chinese University student artists convey the five stages of trauma recovery.

Five stages of trauma recovery brought to life by artists amid Coronavirus outbreak and Hong Kong protests help audience deal with current times
Stand-out down jackets and luxury winter wear – from Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Moncler and more – to keep you snug until spring

Down jackets and puffy, feather-filled winter wear dominated the runways this season – from Demna Gvasalia’s reinvention of the puffer for Balenciaga to the Moncler Genius programme’s daring collabs

12 Jan 2020 - 5:00PM

Down jackets and puffy, feather-filled winter wear dominated the runways this season – from Demna Gvasalia’s reinvention of the puffer for Balenciaga to the Moncler Genius programme’s daring collabs

Stand-out down jackets and luxury winter wear – from Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Moncler and more – to keep you snug until spring
Harvested in Hong Kong: why global beauty brand Lush is shopping local to make its products sustainable and environmentally friendly

Global companies like Lush are sourcing their ingredients locally to cut down on what they import – making their products more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

11 Dec 2019 - 12:50PM

Global companies like Lush are sourcing their ingredients locally to cut down on what they import – making their products more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Harvested in Hong Kong: why global beauty brand Lush is shopping local to make its products sustainable and environmentally friendly
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