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

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
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