Divia Harilela

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Divia Harilela has worked in lifestyle and fashion media for more than 12 years. Her work has been published in magazines such Vogue China, Departures, Elite Traveler and Surface Asia. Founder of luxury and fashion website The D’Vine, she also blogs for websites including Business of Fashion and Howtospendit.com.
Divia Harilela
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Divia Harilela has worked in lifestyle and fashion media for more than 12 years. Her work has been published in magazines such Vogue China, Departures, Elite Traveler and Surface Asia. Founder of luxury and fashion website The D’Vine, she also blogs for websites including Business of Fashion and Howtospendit.com.

Latest from Divia Harilela

British fashion’s newest star on finding his Chinese roots, his ‘auntie look’, and becoming more grown-up

Alexander McQueen, J.W. Anderson – London Fashion Week has long been a cradle of talent; A Sai Ta is its newest star; the Londoner tells us about referencing his origins while maintaining ‘a strong British vibe’ in his designs.

25 Jun 2019 - 7:44PM

Alexander McQueen, J.W. Anderson – London Fashion Week has long been a cradle of talent; A Sai Ta is its newest star; the Londoner tells us about referencing his origins while maintaining ‘a strong British vibe’ in his designs.

British fashion’s newest star on finding his Chinese roots, his ‘auntie look’, and becoming more grown-up
Why Chinese designers behind Ratio et Motus don’t want to make their luxury leather bags in China

Luxury brand Ratio et Motus is the brainchild of Angela Wang and Daniel Li. The brand makes its bags in Italy. Wang and Li say they don’t have plans to move production to China because it ‘boils down to perception and quality’.

19 Jun 2019 - 7:30AM

Luxury brand Ratio et Motus is the brainchild of Angela Wang and Daniel Li. The brand makes its bags in Italy. Wang and Li say they don’t have plans to move production to China because it ‘boils down to perception and quality’.

Why Chinese designers behind Ratio et Motus don’t want to make their luxury leather bags in China
Gay weddings: style tips on what to wear on that special day for hims and hers

As Taiwan celebrates its first same-sex weddings, we talk to experts about how to complement your partner’s look. Here are their top tips for men and women, from shades to textures to accessories.

17 Jun 2019 - 8:21PM

As Taiwan celebrates its first same-sex weddings, we talk to experts about how to complement your partner’s look. Here are their top tips for men and women, from shades to textures to accessories.

Gay weddings: style tips on what to wear on that special day for hims and hers
Why Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid adore season-less fashion brand Orseund Iris

Designer Alana Johnson, a 27-year-old New Yorker, has hit the social media sweet spot, attracting it girls to her offbeat brand

16 Jun 2019 - 8:15PM

Designer Alana Johnson, a 27-year-old New Yorker, has hit the social media sweet spot, attracting it girls to her offbeat brand

Why Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid adore season-less fashion brand Orseund Iris
How to buy a wedding dress online: fashion e-tailers look to fill gap in bridal market

Online brands are luring in shoppers with less traditional, more fashion-forward alternatives that provide brides better value for money.

15 Jun 2019 - 8:54PM

Online brands are luring in shoppers with less traditional, more fashion-forward alternatives that provide brides better value for money.

How to buy a wedding dress online: fashion e-tailers look to fill gap in bridal market
Why the blazer is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe, and the Italian brand that updated it

Famously worn by Karlie Kloss and Marlene Dietrich, a tailored blazer is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Blazer specialist Blazé Milano was started by three Italian women working at Italian Elle who bonded over their love of fashion and sports.

4 Jun 2019 - 7:00PM

Famously worn by Karlie Kloss and Marlene Dietrich, a tailored blazer is a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Blazer specialist Blazé Milano was started by three Italian women working at Italian Elle who bonded over their love of fashion and sports.

Why the blazer is an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe, and the Italian brand that updated it
Personalised phone case is fashion influencers’ statement accessory now – move over, ‘it’ bags

Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other labels have been selling luxury phone cases for years, but now specialist brands are offering personalised cases. Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid are fans of Hong Kong phone case maker Casetify.

29 May 2019 - 6:12PM

Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other labels have been selling luxury phone cases for years, but now specialist brands are offering personalised cases. Kylie Jenner and Gigi Hadid are fans of Hong Kong phone case maker Casetify.

Personalised phone case is fashion influencers’ statement accessory now – move over, ‘it’ bags
Japanese fashion influencers Amiaya talk about taking their Harajuku style to the world

Twins Ami and Aya started out in Tokyo’s famous Harajuku fashion and cosplay area. Now they appear at fashion weeks around the world, and have adjusted their style to include more international brands, and identical looks.

28 May 2019 - 8:00PM

Twins Ami and Aya started out in Tokyo’s famous Harajuku fashion and cosplay area. Now they appear at fashion weeks around the world, and have adjusted their style to include more international brands, and identical looks.

Japanese fashion influencers Amiaya talk about taking their Harajuku style to the world
Fashion designer Edeline Lee on how culture of consumerism fosters insecurity and disempowers women

The Central Saint Martins graduate, whose clothes have been worn by Alicia Vikander, Olivia Colman and Solange Knowles, has been showing at London Fashion Week since 2016.

23 May 2019 - 7:25PM

The Central Saint Martins graduate, whose clothes have been worn by Alicia Vikander, Olivia Colman and Solange Knowles, has been showing at London Fashion Week since 2016.

Fashion designer Edeline Lee on how culture of consumerism fosters insecurity and disempowers women
Cowboy hats, fedoras, bowlers: hat shop owner on the item that can change your look in an instant

Hong Kong-based Richard Avery realised that there was a growing demand for vintage hats from the city’s stylish men, so he opened his own shop. He says he wants to educate people and bring back hats into popular culture.

22 May 2019 - 8:19PM

Hong Kong-based Richard Avery realised that there was a growing demand for vintage hats from the city’s stylish men, so he opened his own shop. He says he wants to educate people and bring back hats into popular culture.

Cowboy hats, fedoras, bowlers: hat shop owner on the item that can change your look in an instant
Alexander McQueen’s legacy, fashion charity Sarabande, helps up-and-coming designers

In 2007, McQueen set up Sarabande to provide scholarships for creative people, such as Craig Green and Molly Goddard, who are now household names. Some of its graduates are showcasing their talents at Joyce in Hong Kong this week.

15 May 2019 - 8:04PM

In 2007, McQueen set up Sarabande to provide scholarships for creative people, such as Craig Green and Molly Goddard, who are now household names. Some of its graduates are showcasing their talents at Joyce in Hong Kong this week.

Alexander McQueen’s legacy, fashion charity Sarabande, helps up-and-coming designers
Clean beauty pioneer: why Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway are fans of brand that ‘understands the BS’

Tata Harper has a cult following among women seeking non-toxic skincare; she tells us about expanding to Asia, bad science, why not everything has to be organic, and an alternative to Botox she’s excited about.

11 May 2019 - 8:05PM

Tata Harper has a cult following among women seeking non-toxic skincare; she tells us about expanding to Asia, bad science, why not everything has to be organic, and an alternative to Botox she’s excited about.

Clean beauty pioneer: why Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway are fans of brand that ‘understands the BS’
Five niche handbag labels for the Instagram generation: think structural, yet mostly affordable

From Paris Fashion Week favourite Danse Lente’s Johnny to Métier’s Perriand tote, these bags are aimed at a youthful market. Other hot brands to look for: LA label Staud, The Volon, and Mlouye by Turkish designer Meb Rure.

8 May 2019 - 8:15PM

From Paris Fashion Week favourite Danse Lente’s Johnny to Métier’s Perriand tote, these bags are aimed at a youthful market. Other hot brands to look for: LA label Staud, The Volon, and Mlouye by Turkish designer Meb Rure.

Five niche handbag labels for the Instagram generation: think structural, yet mostly affordable
Opinion | Get over the ‘it’ bag: why fashion’s annual ‘must-have’ is an ugly relic of times gone by

Wokey, wokey! Throwing away each season’s must-have fads is a disaster for the planet, and very soon, your street cred. And anyway, who even needs a cumbersome bag these days? Not Anna Wintour, that’s for sure.

6 May 2019 - 9:15AM

Wokey, wokey! Throwing away each season’s must-have fads is a disaster for the planet, and very soon, your street cred. And anyway, who even needs a cumbersome bag these days? Not Anna Wintour, that’s for sure.

Get over the ‘it’ bag: why fashion’s annual ‘must-have’ is an ugly relic of times gone by
Bulgari, Armani, Versace: why luxury fashion brands open hotels as more get into the game

Ever since fashion-branded hotels emerged in the early noughties, luxury labels including Bulgari, Armani and Versace have capitalised on the synergies between fashion and hospitality.

18 Apr 2019 - 8:59PM

Ever since fashion-branded hotels emerged in the early noughties, luxury labels including Bulgari, Armani and Versace have capitalised on the synergies between fashion and hospitality.

Bulgari, Armani, Versace: why luxury fashion brands open hotels as more get into the game
Designer Johanna Ho is determined to make fashion sustainable, from high-street to high-end

Hong Kong-based designer Johanna Ho behind Phvlo talks about making sustainability a fashion must-have

11 Apr 2019 - 10:38AM

Hong Kong-based designer Johanna Ho behind Phvlo talks about making sustainability a fashion must-have

Designer Johanna Ho is determined to make fashion sustainable, from high-street to high-end
‘Australian men don’t understand fashion’, says Christian Kimber, designer out to change that

Christian Kimber, the British-born winner of Australia’s 2019 National Designer Award, has long had an eye for style, but only after relocating to Melbourne did he decide to launch his first collection.

28 Mar 2019 - 9:46AM

Christian Kimber, the British-born winner of Australia’s 2019 National Designer Award, has long had an eye for style, but only after relocating to Melbourne did he decide to launch his first collection.

‘Australian men don’t understand fashion’, says Christian Kimber, designer out to change that
Ahead of Brexit, British fashion promotes itself in China and welcomes Chinese talent to UK

China has become an important part of the British Fashion Council’s strategy, and it is hoping British brands can capitalise on evolving Chinese tastes; this month it will host its first series of events at Shanghai Fashion Week.

25 Mar 2019 - 10:00AM

China has become an important part of the British Fashion Council’s strategy, and it is hoping British brands can capitalise on evolving Chinese tastes; this month it will host its first series of events at Shanghai Fashion Week.

Ahead of Brexit, British fashion promotes itself in China and welcomes Chinese talent to UK
‘I’m not a crazy rich Asian’: Angela Lee, doctor who wears Dior, Chanel, Hermès with a lab coat

Look at Lee’s Instagram account and it’s all Hermes Birkins and Kellys, Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, and Patek Philippe watches, but she’s a doctor who put in 40-hour Hong Kong hospital shifts before opening a skin care clinic.

25 Mar 2019 - 8:19AM

Look at Lee’s Instagram account and it’s all Hermes Birkins and Kellys, Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, and Patek Philippe watches, but she’s a doctor who put in 40-hour Hong Kong hospital shifts before opening a skin care clinic.

‘I’m not a crazy rich Asian’: Angela Lee, doctor who wears Dior, Chanel, Hermès with a lab coat
AI fashion movement: e-tailers turn to tech to improve shoppers’ experience

Online retailers are becoming more adept at using tech, such as AI and AR, to improve their customer experience. Think avatars that interact with shoppers and photo-based apps that allow users to find similar items online.

15 Mar 2019 - 10:08AM

Online retailers are becoming more adept at using tech, such as AI and AR, to improve their customer experience. Think avatars that interact with shoppers and photo-based apps that allow users to find similar items online.

AI fashion movement: e-tailers turn to tech to improve shoppers’ experience
Caribbean resort where Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston stayed, Belmond Cap Juluca, opens after US$110 million makeover

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz and Harrison Ford were among the guests to have enjoyed Anguilla resort. Then came Hurricane Irma, and a renovation that was much more extensive than planned.

9 Mar 2019 - 8:04PM

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Cruz and Harrison Ford were among the guests to have enjoyed Anguilla resort. Then came Hurricane Irma, and a renovation that was much more extensive than planned.

Caribbean resort where Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston stayed, Belmond Cap Juluca, opens after US$110 million makeover
Hong Kong fashion label Izzue wants to change how world sees city, as Zara did for Spain and Uniqlo for Japan

British-influenced Izzue made history at London Fashion Week as the first label from Hong Kong to host a solo show in the city. As Roots is to Canada, so Izzue wants to represent the city’s style with its creative looks.

7 Mar 2019 - 6:07PM

British-influenced Izzue made history at London Fashion Week as the first label from Hong Kong to host a solo show in the city. As Roots is to Canada, so Izzue wants to represent the city’s style with its creative looks.

Hong Kong fashion label Izzue wants to change how world sees city, as Zara did for Spain and Uniqlo for Japan
How jewellery designer Ben Choi’s nostalgic creations wooed Naomi Campbell as a fan

The Hong Kong designer reinterprets childhood memories for his playful jewellery line, BC Joaillerie

1 Mar 2019 - 1:19PM

The Hong Kong designer reinterprets childhood memories for his playful jewellery line, BC Joaillerie

How jewellery designer Ben Choi’s nostalgic creations wooed Naomi Campbell as a fan
‘Fashion should be a never-ending Christmas,’ says Belgian streetwear designer. Is he the next Virgil Abloh?

Belgian Glenn Martens, creative director of cult French streetwear label, designs eclectic looks intended for clients to personalise; fun, diversity and opulence guide his creations. Rihanna is a fan. He may be the next Virgil Abloh.

25 Feb 2019 - 6:36PM

Belgian Glenn Martens, creative director of cult French streetwear label, designs eclectic looks intended for clients to personalise; fun, diversity and opulence guide his creations. Rihanna is a fan. He may be the next Virgil Abloh.

‘Fashion should be a never-ending Christmas,’ says Belgian streetwear designer. Is he the next Virgil Abloh?
What celebrity skincare lines, from Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and more, are selling: authenticity

Collections by the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr are selling authenticity, says beauty industry insider. Customers identify with the stars’ lifestyles.

5 Feb 2019 - 6:08AM

Collections by the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr are selling authenticity, says beauty industry insider. Customers identify with the stars’ lifestyles.

What celebrity skincare lines, from Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and more, are selling: authenticity
The new skiwear brands that can be worn in the city and on the slopes

A number of smaller brands specialising in outerwear are aiming at a new fashion-savvy audience, with styles not just for skiers but for people looking for new experiences.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:05PM

A number of smaller brands specialising in outerwear are aiming at a new fashion-savvy audience, with styles not just for skiers but for people looking for new experiences.

The new skiwear brands that can be worn in the city and on the slopes
From France to China, how plants are changing the face of anti-ageing skincare

Chanel’s two latest products use flowers native to the southern French Alps in attempts to boost the skin from beneath the surface, while it is conducting research in China to uncover more plants that help fight the signs of ageing.

23 Jan 2019 - 8:09PM

Chanel’s two latest products use flowers native to the southern French Alps in attempts to boost the skin from beneath the surface, while it is conducting research in China to uncover more plants that help fight the signs of ageing.

From France to China, how plants are changing the face of anti-ageing skincare
Daughter of ‘Donna Karan of Australia’ on why she launched in Asia: ‘it is going to be the next big superpower’

Bianca Spender on why she and fellow Australians are having their moment in the international fashion spotlight

11 Jan 2019 - 9:55AM

Bianca Spender on why she and fellow Australians are having their moment in the international fashion spotlight

Daughter of ‘Donna Karan of Australia’ on why she launched in Asia: ‘it is going to be the next big superpower’
What retinoids do, best skincare products and why the anti-ageing star has a dark side

Retinoids are scientifically proven to battle the signs of ageing quickly and effectively but can cause severe reactions. We talk to the experts on how they work and look at five of the best retinoid skincare products.

6 Jan 2019 - 8:46PM

Retinoids are scientifically proven to battle the signs of ageing quickly and effectively but can cause severe reactions. We talk to the experts on how they work and look at five of the best retinoid skincare products.

What retinoids do, best skincare products and why the anti-ageing star has a dark side
Sustainable fashion could ‘transform entire industry’ with innovative fungi and algae fabrics

The demand for sustainable fabrics in the fashion industry is growing quickly. The H&M Foundation is helping young designers develop sustainable fabrics and materials for the future

23 Dec 2018 - 6:42PM

The demand for sustainable fabrics in the fashion industry is growing quickly. The H&M Foundation is helping young designers develop sustainable fabrics and materials for the future

Sustainable fashion could ‘transform entire industry’ with innovative fungi and algae fabrics