Divia Harilela

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

Asians the trendsetters in modern ski wear, just look at Niseko in Japan, says retailer catering to Instagram generation’s love of winter holidays

Asia’s millennials have taken to winter holidays, and retailers are catering to their needs, including Hong Kong-based The Ski Project, whose founder says image-conscious Asians are setting the trends in modern ski wear.

4 Jan 2020 - 9:25PM

Asia’s millennials have taken to winter holidays, and retailers are catering to their needs, including Hong Kong-based The Ski Project, whose founder says image-conscious Asians are setting the trends in modern ski wear.

Asians the trendsetters in modern ski wear, just look at Niseko in Japan, says retailer catering to Instagram generation’s love of winter holidays
‘I believe beauty can save us’, Susan Rockefeller says as Swarovski jewellery collection on panda theme she helped design launches

Panda-themed Beautiful Earth jewellery collection for Swarovski ‘is a reminder of nature and our need to protect it’, Susan Rockefeller says. Sales of the collection will support conservation of giant panda habitats in China.

31 Dec 2019 - 8:12PM

Panda-themed Beautiful Earth jewellery collection for Swarovski ‘is a reminder of nature and our need to protect it’, Susan Rockefeller says. Sales of the collection will support conservation of giant panda habitats in China.

‘I believe beauty can save us’, Susan Rockefeller says as Swarovski jewellery collection on panda theme she helped design launches
Green fashion practices start in the factory, say Hong Kong manufacturers as they make processes sustainable

Reducing water and energy use, building green factories, eliminating waste, and upcycling the clothes consumers discard – Hong Kong textile and apparel manufacturers have embraced sustainability 

17 Dec 2019 - 9:15PM

Reducing water and energy use, building green factories, eliminating waste, and upcycling the clothes consumers discard – Hong Kong textile and apparel manufacturers have embraced sustainability 

Green fashion practices start in the factory, say Hong Kong manufacturers as they make processes sustainable
The decade in fashion: Chinese and celebrity designers, streetwear, athleisure, and sustainable fashion

It was the decade in which fashion lost Karl Lagerfeld but found Rihanna, streetwear and athleisure took over the catwalks, and the MeToo movement brought moves towards equality and diversity.

14 Dec 2019 - 6:24PM

It was the decade in which fashion lost Karl Lagerfeld but found Rihanna, streetwear and athleisure took over the catwalks, and the MeToo movement brought moves towards equality and diversity.

The decade in fashion: Chinese and celebrity designers, streetwear, athleisure, and sustainable fashion
Marni founder’s daughter on new fashion label Plan C, keeping things in the family, and the best advice mum Consuelo Castiglioni gave her

One of Italy’s favourite fashion dynasties lives on in the shape of Plan C, started small in 2018 by Carolina Castiglioni. She talks about her inspirations and why label is not a new Marni.

6 Dec 2019 - 5:44AM

One of Italy’s favourite fashion dynasties lives on in the shape of Plan C, started small in 2018 by Carolina Castiglioni. She talks about her inspirations and why label is not a new Marni.

Marni founder’s daughter on new fashion label Plan C, keeping things in the family, and the best advice mum Consuelo Castiglioni gave her
Jewellery made from diamonds and dinosaur bone? New York’s Xiao Wang on her unique, ethical designs

Former model and actress uses recycled gold, diamonds and unusual stones, such as cosmic obsidian and fossils.

6 Dec 2019 - 12:17AM

Former model and actress uses recycled gold, diamonds and unusual stones, such as cosmic obsidian and fossils.

Jewellery made from diamonds and dinosaur bone? New York’s Xiao Wang on her unique, ethical designs
Save the Duck, vegan outerwear alternative to Moncler and Canada Goose, and its eco-mission as it opens first Asia store

Vegan outerwear brand Save the Duck was created from a vision to make high-performance apparel free of animal products. Now it produces 600,000 jackets a year and has just opened its first store in Asia.

10 Nov 2019 - 7:44PM

Vegan outerwear brand Save the Duck was created from a vision to make high-performance apparel free of animal products. Now it produces 600,000 jackets a year and has just opened its first store in Asia.

Save the Duck, vegan outerwear alternative to Moncler and Canada Goose, and its eco-mission as it opens first Asia store
Shanghai Tang creative director on her father David Tang’s legacy, her plans for taking the brand forward, and practical fashion

Victoria Tang-Owen, creative director of the Hong Kong-based fashion and accessories brand, talks about reconnecting with her roots, designing practical fashion, and her plans to expand its non-fashion lines and reach new markets.

31 Oct 2019 - 8:17PM

Victoria Tang-Owen, creative director of the Hong Kong-based fashion and accessories brand, talks about reconnecting with her roots, designing practical fashion, and her plans to expand its non-fashion lines and reach new markets.

Shanghai Tang creative director on her father David Tang’s legacy, her plans for taking the brand forward, and practical fashion
Women in Asia like to spend money on big brands but that is changing, says Jo Kilda’s Jyoti Singh

The Fiji-born designer’s size-inclusive Singapore-based brand has made her a favourite among women around the world.

25 Oct 2019 - 8:34AM

The Fiji-born designer’s size-inclusive Singapore-based brand has made her a favourite among women around the world.

Women in Asia like to spend money on big brands but that is changing, says Jo Kilda’s Jyoti Singh
The price of fast fashion and the sustainability champions fighting back detailed in new book

Dana Thomas wrote Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes to highlight the greed driving the fashion industry today. But she also features entrepreneurs like Stella McCartney who are trying to turn things around.

24 Oct 2019 - 1:12AM

Dana Thomas wrote Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes to highlight the greed driving the fashion industry today. But she also features entrepreneurs like Stella McCartney who are trying to turn things around.

The price of fast fashion and the sustainability champions fighting back detailed in new book
Drunk Elephant founder on acquisition by Shiseido, future plans and why she doesn’t look at competitors

Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson says the sale to Shiseido will enable the skincare brand to launch new categories, possibly in new markets – but she still sees herself as an ‘outsider’ in the industry.

17 Oct 2019 - 1:34PM

Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson says the sale to Shiseido will enable the skincare brand to launch new categories, possibly in new markets – but she still sees herself as an ‘outsider’ in the industry.

Drunk Elephant founder on acquisition by Shiseido, future plans and why she doesn’t look at competitors
Amid protests, Hong Kong independent fashion retailers seize opportunities

It isn’t all doom and gloom for the city’s retail, with local independent fashion retailers able to adapt to changing circumstances in the city thanks to having agility and flexibility on their side.

28 Sep 2019 - 8:11PM

It isn’t all doom and gloom for the city’s retail, with local independent fashion retailers able to adapt to changing circumstances in the city thanks to having agility and flexibility on their side.

Amid protests, Hong Kong independent fashion retailers seize opportunities
South Korean DJ and designer Peggy Gou launches Kirin, a fashion line mixing high end and street style

‘I like street wear and vintage shirts, but I also like dresses and high heels. I’m the same with my musical tastes [...] I want to be eclectic’, she says.

26 Sep 2019 - 1:50PM

‘I like street wear and vintage shirts, but I also like dresses and high heels. I’m the same with my musical tastes [...] I want to be eclectic’, she says.

South Korean DJ and designer Peggy Gou launches Kirin, a fashion line mixing high end and street style
Never lose your glasses again: why a Hong Kong filmmaker is bringing back the eyewear chain

With Lien Atelier, Jenny Suen injects fun and fashion into a practical accessory.

12 Sep 2019 - 11:00AM

With Lien Atelier, Jenny Suen injects fun and fashion into a practical accessory.

Never lose your glasses again: why a Hong Kong filmmaker is bringing back the eyewear chain
From scents to senses: an aromatherapist’s journey to becoming installation artist

Haley Alexander van Oosten has a background in fragrances, and her art installation reflects this. She has filled atomisers with scents from objects and plant matter collected after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong, which visitors can play with.

2 Sep 2019 - 7:31PM

Haley Alexander van Oosten has a background in fragrances, and her art installation reflects this. She has filled atomisers with scents from objects and plant matter collected after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong, which visitors can play with.

From scents to senses: an aromatherapist’s journey to becoming installation artist
These chic senior fashion influencers show true style has no age

Instagram stars such as Maye Musk, 71, and Yazemeenah Rossi, 63, highlight how perceptions of beauty are evolving, while celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren are also embracing a more eclectic style as they get older.

30 Aug 2019 - 5:42AM

Instagram stars such as Maye Musk, 71, and Yazemeenah Rossi, 63, highlight how perceptions of beauty are evolving, while celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Helen Mirren are also embracing a more eclectic style as they get older.

These chic senior fashion influencers show true style has no age
How Meghan Markle put Hong Kong-based lifestyle brand Malabar Baby on the map

Anjali Harjani, the founder of the lifestyle brand, talks about finding and filling a niche for original babywear and reveals why she chose to have her products handmade in India.

15 Aug 2019 - 4:08PM

Anjali Harjani, the founder of the lifestyle brand, talks about finding and filling a niche for original babywear and reveals why she chose to have her products handmade in India.

How Meghan Markle put Hong Kong-based lifestyle brand Malabar Baby on the map
Buccal facial: treatment Meghan Markle favours lands in Hong Kong. We try it out

Called “Pilates for the face” by some, the buccal facial has arrived in Hong Kong at the Sense of Touch spas. Divia Harilela gave it a try and – one slight shock aside – was amazed at the difference she felt.

14 Aug 2019 - 3:13PM

Called “Pilates for the face” by some, the buccal facial has arrived in Hong Kong at the Sense of Touch spas. Divia Harilela gave it a try and – one slight shock aside – was amazed at the difference she felt.

Buccal facial: treatment Meghan Markle favours lands in Hong Kong. We try it out
From Champion to Fila – why retro brands are here to stay thanks to streetwear movement

When streetwear became a trend, luxury brands were among the first to embrace it. But younger clientele got their fix by seeking out nostalgic brands like Champion and Fila.

14 Aug 2019 - 7:22PM

When streetwear became a trend, luxury brands were among the first to embrace it. But younger clientele got their fix by seeking out nostalgic brands like Champion and Fila.

From Champion to Fila – why retro brands are here to stay thanks to streetwear movement
Frizzy hair days: how hair smoothing tames summer locks, and three places to get smooth in Hong Kong

For many women, summer with its high humidity is a source of dread because it makes hair frizzy. There is a solution – hair smoothing. We explain how it works and where to do the treatment – at home or in certain Hong Kong salons.

7 Aug 2019 - 6:39PM

For many women, summer with its high humidity is a source of dread because it makes hair frizzy. There is a solution – hair smoothing. We explain how it works and where to do the treatment – at home or in certain Hong Kong salons.

Frizzy hair days: how hair smoothing tames summer locks, and three places to get smooth in Hong Kong
Lauren X Khoo’s bespoke jewellery: ‘customers should have a say in the design process’

Founded in 2013, Khoo’s eponymous line is available in Hong Kong, New York and Singapore. Edgy and girlie, the designer can find inspiration anywhere, from gummy bears to balloon animals and temples.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:47AM

Founded in 2013, Khoo’s eponymous line is available in Hong Kong, New York and Singapore. Edgy and girlie, the designer can find inspiration anywhere, from gummy bears to balloon animals and temples.

Lauren X Khoo’s bespoke jewellery: ‘customers should have a say in the design process’
Celebrity designer Azeeza Khan on dressing Barbra Streisand: ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’

Barbra Streisand is a fan of Chicago designer Azeeza Khan’s label and has been wearing her pieces on her tour. Khan talks about visiting the singer at her home and picking out outfits for her to wear on and off the stage.

27 Jul 2019 - 6:51PM

Barbra Streisand is a fan of Chicago designer Azeeza Khan’s label and has been wearing her pieces on her tour. Khan talks about visiting the singer at her home and picking out outfits for her to wear on and off the stage.

Celebrity designer Azeeza Khan on dressing Barbra Streisand: ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’
First Asian CEO in LVMH group vows to revive Fred, French heritage jewellery brand

Hongkonger Charles Leung made history when he was just 48 years old. In 2018, he became chief executive officer of French jewellery brand Fred, making him the first person of Asian descent to hold a global CEO title within LVMH.

26 Jul 2019 - 7:25PM

Hongkonger Charles Leung made history when he was just 48 years old. In 2018, he became chief executive officer of French jewellery brand Fred, making him the first person of Asian descent to hold a global CEO title within LVMH.

First Asian CEO in LVMH group vows to revive Fred, French heritage jewellery brand
Away, Calpak, Ookonn: the luggage brands making cases fashion’s newest status symbol

Forget the sneakers you’re wearing – luggage is what’s now setting true followers of fashion apart, with a number of independent luggage brands each offering its own spin on classics.

24 Jul 2019 - 5:35AM

Forget the sneakers you’re wearing – luggage is what’s now setting true followers of fashion apart, with a number of independent luggage brands each offering its own spin on classics.

Away, Calpak, Ookonn: the luggage brands making cases fashion’s newest status symbol
From Villanelle to Renata Klein, the top five style trendsetters in TV series right now

Renata Klein in Big Little Lies, Elektra Abundance in Pose, Cookie Lyon in Empire, Villanelle in Killing Eve, Miriam Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – these are characters whose style launched fashion trends.

22 Jul 2019 - 5:03AM

Renata Klein in Big Little Lies, Elektra Abundance in Pose, Cookie Lyon in Empire, Villanelle in Killing Eve, Miriam Maisel in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – these are characters whose style launched fashion trends.

From Villanelle to Renata Klein, the top five style trendsetters in TV series right now
Jewellery designer Nadine Ghosn puts humorous twist on everyday items – ‘I like provoking’, she says

Father Carlos Ghosn’s travel keepsakes kindled Lebanese-Brazilian’s interest in jewels as a child, and a chance encounter years later led her to start designing. Her cheeky takes on everyday items soon took off. ‘I like provoking,’ she says.

17 Jul 2019 - 7:23PM

Father Carlos Ghosn’s travel keepsakes kindled Lebanese-Brazilian’s interest in jewels as a child, and a chance encounter years later led her to start designing. Her cheeky takes on everyday items soon took off. ‘I like provoking,’ she says.

Jewellery designer Nadine Ghosn puts humorous twist on everyday items – ‘I like provoking’, she says
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

3 Jul 2019 - 3:32PM

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