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.

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Skincare 101: why you should never neglect your body care, and the products we’d recommend for gorgeous skin

When it comes to skincare, taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your face. Experts weigh in with their tips and tricks on keeping our skin in top condition.

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When it comes to skincare, taking care of your body is just as important as taking care of your face. Experts weigh in with their tips and tricks on keeping our skin in top condition.

Skincare 101: why you should never neglect your body care, and the products we’d recommend for gorgeous skin
How to succeed in business during Covid-19: Casetify CEO on how the accessories brand has grown in 2020

Wes Ng, CEO of Hong Kong accessories brand Casetify – known for its iPhone case covers – talks about how the business has grown during Covid-19 and the lessons learned.

26 Dec 2020 - 8:15AM

Wes Ng, CEO of Hong Kong accessories brand Casetify – known for its iPhone case covers – talks about how the business has grown during Covid-19 and the lessons learned.

How to succeed in business during Covid-19: Casetify CEO on how the accessories brand has grown in 2020
IV therapy, the beauty tip Kim Kardashian and Madonna swear by: how it makes your skin glow and fights ageing

Kim Kardashian and Madonna have famously used IV beauty treatments to improve their skin and reduce signs of ageing. Beauty drips usually contain a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

26 Nov 2020 - 5:24PM

Kim Kardashian and Madonna have famously used IV beauty treatments to improve their skin and reduce signs of ageing. Beauty drips usually contain a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

IV therapy, the beauty tip Kim Kardashian and Madonna swear by: how it makes your skin glow and fights ageing
Asos, Rihanna, Hugo Boss are giving plus-size menswear a chance, but why is the wider market so slow to catch on?

Brands like Asos, Hugo Boss and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty are giving plus-size menswear a chance, but the wider industry is ignoring a market that is ripe for the picking.

17 Nov 2020 - 6:26PM

Brands like Asos, Hugo Boss and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty are giving plus-size menswear a chance, but the wider industry is ignoring a market that is ripe for the picking.

Asos, Rihanna, Hugo Boss are giving plus-size menswear a chance, but why is the wider market so slow to catch on?
Dark spots, marks and blemishes: hyperpigmentation explained, and five of the best beauty products to treat it

Dark patches on your skin, known as hyperpigmentation, can have a number of causes – from sun damage to hormones. Laser treatments are available, but creams and topical applications are just as effective.

13 Nov 2020 - 11:46AM

Dark patches on your skin, known as hyperpigmentation, can have a number of causes – from sun damage to hormones. Laser treatments are available, but creams and topical applications are just as effective.

Dark spots, marks and blemishes: hyperpigmentation explained, and five of the best beauty products to treat it
Moonstone for healing, amethyst for protection: crystals are having a hot moment in fashion

Crystal jewellery, which incorporates gemstones with supposedly mystical and healing powers, is growing in popularity.

6 Oct 2020 - 7:46PM

Crystal jewellery, which incorporates gemstones with supposedly mystical and healing powers, is growing in popularity.

Moonstone for healing, amethyst for protection: crystals are having a hot moment in fashion
Chrissy Teigen, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham – why breast reduction surgery is on the rise as women embrace a more natural look

With Chrissy Teigen joining celebrities including Pamela Anderson and Victoria Beckham in having breast reduction surgery, we look at how the wider trend of organic and natural has affected how women see their chests.

22 Sep 2020 - 5:44PM

With Chrissy Teigen joining celebrities including Pamela Anderson and Victoria Beckham in having breast reduction surgery, we look at how the wider trend of organic and natural has affected how women see their chests.

Chrissy Teigen, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham – why breast reduction surgery is on the rise as women embrace a more natural look
For Vera Wang, fashion isn’t ‘fun and frivolous’, it’s like an ‘unrelenting’ sport

Vera Wang has dressed countless celebrities, from Michelle Obama to Chelsea Clinton, and describes the industry as ‘like a sport – it is demanding, unrelenting and the schedules are horrifying’.

21 Sep 2020 - 5:38AM

Vera Wang has dressed countless celebrities, from Michelle Obama to Chelsea Clinton, and describes the industry as ‘like a sport – it is demanding, unrelenting and the schedules are horrifying’.

For Vera Wang, fashion isn’t ‘fun and frivolous’, it’s like an ‘unrelenting’ sport
A personal trainer, a chef for meal planning – staycations themed around wellness and fashion offered by luxury hotels as they pivot to serving Hongkongers

Private yoga sessions, sound bath meditation, painting lessons, a photography master class, a fashion photo shoot in a luxury suite – hotels are going all out to give you that escape from everyday life you’d get from overseas travel.

12 Sep 2020 - 8:14PM

Private yoga sessions, sound bath meditation, painting lessons, a photography master class, a fashion photo shoot in a luxury suite – hotels are going all out to give you that escape from everyday life you’d get from overseas travel.

A personal trainer, a chef for meal planning –  staycations themed around wellness and fashion offered by luxury hotels as they pivot to serving Hongkongers
Plus size fashion is evolving into size-inclusive clothing, with brands like 11 Honoré and Universal Standard leading the way

Size-inclusive brands offer both traditional and plus sizes and aim to provide more fashion-forward designs for a broader range of women, with labels such as 11 Honoré, Universal Standard and Good American leading the way.

14 Sep 2020 - 7:55PM

Size-inclusive brands offer both traditional and plus sizes and aim to provide more fashion-forward designs for a broader range of women, with labels such as 11 Honoré, Universal Standard and Good American leading the way.

Plus size fashion is evolving into size-inclusive clothing, with brands like 11 Honoré and Universal Standard leading the way
Would you give a two-year-old a Hermès or LV handbag, as Cardi B and Kylie Jenner did recently?

Kylie Jenner and Cardi B recently gave their two-year-olds Louis Vuitton and Hermès handbags. It’s a trend that’s not confined to celebrities.

18 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM

Kylie Jenner and Cardi B recently gave their two-year-olds Louis Vuitton and Hermès handbags. It’s a trend that’s not confined to celebrities.

Would you give a two-year-old a Hermès or LV handbag, as Cardi B and Kylie Jenner did recently?
The best face masks for running and working out: four types to make exercising outdoors during Covid-19 easier

With many governments mandating mask wearing outdoors, we talk to runners about the best options and consider four masks developed by sportswear brands.

9 Aug 2020 - 5:07PM

With many governments mandating mask wearing outdoors, we talk to runners about the best options and consider four masks developed by sportswear brands.

The best face masks for running and working out: four types to make exercising outdoors during Covid-19 easier
Clean beauty brands get deodorants back in fashion thanks to natural, non-toxic and effective formulas

Deodorants have become fashionable again thanks to clean beauty brands using natural formulas free from ingredients that can cause irritation and long-term health issues. But the rise in quality also means a rise in price.

14 Jul 2020 - 5:00PM

Deodorants have become fashionable again thanks to clean beauty brands using natural formulas free from ingredients that can cause irritation and long-term health issues. But the rise in quality also means a rise in price.

Clean beauty brands get deodorants back in fashion thanks to natural, non-toxic and effective formulas
CBD skincare 101: what to know and five brands to try for serums, masks, moisturisers and more

With CBD skincare starting to go mainstream in stores like Sephora, we explain terms like isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum and recommend brands for items including serums, masks and moisturisers.

13 Jul 2020 - 6:28PM

With CBD skincare starting to go mainstream in stores like Sephora, we explain terms like isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum and recommend brands for items including serums, masks and moisturisers.

CBD skincare 101: what to know and five brands to try for serums, masks, moisturisers and more
Five niche sneaker brands placing function over fashion, from CrossFit fave Nobull to Hoka One One, loved by Britney Spears

From a shoe endorsed by tennis star Roger Federer to sneakers that count Reese Witherspoon as a fan, these niche sneaker brands focus on function while still looking good.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:04AM

From a shoe endorsed by tennis star Roger Federer to sneakers that count Reese Witherspoon as a fan, these niche sneaker brands focus on function while still looking good.

Five niche sneaker brands placing function over fashion,  from CrossFit fave Nobull to Hoka One One, loved by Britney Spears
Accessory designer Christina Wang is making face masks from offcuts, and they’re fun

Hong Kong-raised artist Christina Wang founded quirky accessories label CJW in 2014 counts celebrities and influencers such as Eva Chen and Ali Wong among her fans.

18 Jun 2020 - 2:39PM

Hong Kong-raised artist Christina Wang founded quirky accessories label CJW in 2014 counts celebrities and influencers such as Eva Chen and Ali Wong among her fans.

Accessory designer Christina Wang is making face masks from offcuts, and they’re fun
Leather, silk, wool, felt – which fabrics fight the spread of viruses and bacteria? Fashion industry looks for answers

Some fabrics have natural antimicrobial properties that protect against bacteria, but the jury is out on the best antiviral clothing. Shiny fabrics like leather and vinyl may be the best bet for now.

11 Jun 2020 - 8:12PM

Some fabrics have natural antimicrobial properties that protect against bacteria, but the jury is out on the best antiviral clothing. Shiny fabrics like leather and vinyl may be the best bet for now.

Leather, silk, wool, felt – which fabrics fight the spread of viruses and bacteria? Fashion industry looks for answers
Naomi Chan on her transition from fashion executive to artist and why the future is abstract

She left a career in communications for designer brands to focus on art as a means of expressing herself, and finds influence in everything from Egon Shiele to Wes Anderson.

4 Jun 2020 - 12:29PM

She left a career in communications for designer brands to focus on art as a means of expressing herself, and finds influence in everything from Egon Shiele to Wes Anderson.

Naomi Chan on her transition from fashion executive to artist and why the future is abstract
Opinion | With Chanel raising bag prices by up to 25 per cent, it is time for customers to demand a fairer system

Instead of discounting, some brands have announced they are about to increase prices. The move is not uncommon in the world of luxury retail, but, in times of global crisis, it comes across as tone deaf.

27 May 2020 - 10:41AM

Instead of discounting, some brands have announced they are about to increase prices. The move is not uncommon in the world of luxury retail, but, in times of global crisis, it comes across as tone deaf.

With Chanel raising bag prices by up to 25 per cent, it is time for customers to demand a fairer system
How to declutter your beauty and skincare products: what to trash, what to keep and when expiry dates matter

From skincare to hair care to make-up, experts offer their tips on what products you should keep on your bathroom shelf, what to throw away and when expiry dates actually matter.

15 May 2020 - 5:50AM

From skincare to hair care to make-up, experts offer their tips on what products you should keep on your bathroom shelf, what to throw away and when expiry dates actually matter.

How to declutter your beauty and skincare products: what to trash, what to keep and when expiry dates matter
Fashion is feeling the pandemic pinch, but spend your money where it’s needed – and not on feather-trimmed PJs

Rather than big-name labels with deep-pocketed backers, shop at local and ethical brands, and support craft-based brands.

5 May 2020 - 5:37AM

Rather than big-name labels with deep-pocketed backers, shop at local and ethical brands, and support craft-based brands.

Fashion is feeling the pandemic pinch, but spend your money where it’s needed – and not on feather-trimmed PJs
That no make-up, work from home look stars like Katy Perry and Jessica Alba are showing off? You may want to reconsider

Women working from home, and stars stuck indoors such as Jessica Alba and Katy Perry, have stopped using make-up and spend more on skincare. If that’s you, be sure to load up on hyaluronic acid and collagen, one expert says.

5 May 2020 - 4:57PM

Women working from home, and stars stuck indoors such as Jessica Alba and Katy Perry, have stopped using make-up and spend more on skincare. If that’s you, be sure to load up on hyaluronic acid and collagen, one expert says.

That no make-up, work from home look stars like Katy Perry and Jessica Alba are showing off? You may want to reconsider
Surgical masks and skincare: amid summer heat, how to avoid pimples, dry skin and other problems

In the humid summer months, wearing a surgical mask all day can play havoc with your skin, causing pimples, clogged pores and breakouts. Dermatologist Barbara Sturm explains how to change your skincare routine to minimise such problems.

21 Apr 2020 - 4:42PM

In the humid summer months, wearing a surgical mask all day can play havoc with your skin, causing pimples, clogged pores and breakouts. Dermatologist Barbara Sturm explains how to change your skincare routine to minimise such problems.

Surgical masks and skincare: amid summer heat, how to avoid pimples, dry skin and other problems
Fashion and the coronavirus: Hong Kong designers on their survival tactics

Hong Kong fashion designers were already dealing with fallout from months of anti-government protests when they were hit with the coronavirus. Here they tell how they hope to avoid financial ruin.

19 Apr 2020 - 5:05PM

Hong Kong fashion designers were already dealing with fallout from months of anti-government protests when they were hit with the coronavirus. Here they tell how they hope to avoid financial ruin.

Fashion and the coronavirus: Hong Kong designers on their survival tactics
Why New York-based menswear label Bode is one to watch, for vintage fabrics from US mills refashioned with a touch of modern nostalgia

Winner of the first Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, fashion designer Emily Adams Bode’s retro-modern designs use vintage US textiles and sustainable merino wool and historical crafting techniques.

7 Apr 2020 - 7:07PM

Winner of the first Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, fashion designer Emily Adams Bode’s retro-modern designs use vintage US textiles and sustainable merino wool and historical crafting techniques.

Why New York-based menswear label Bode is one to watch, for vintage fabrics from US mills refashioned with a touch of modern nostalgia
Coronavirus laundry rules: tips on when and how to wash your clothes to avoid contamination

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of hygiene, and the clothes we wear are no exception. Here are some laundry guidelines, from ideal water temperature to how often to wash and how to handle dirty clothes.

2 Apr 2020 - 4:50PM

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of hygiene, and the clothes we wear are no exception. Here are some laundry guidelines, from ideal water temperature to how often to wash and how to handle dirty clothes.

Coronavirus laundry rules: tips on when and how to wash your clothes to avoid contamination
Selling your jewellery online: Chanel, Hermès, Cartier pieces fetch high prices, and vintage ones even more

Jewellery resellers report a trend of people monetising unwanted items so they have cash in case of a prolonged coronavirus crisis. Here’s what you need to know about selling jewellery online, including factors that affect the price.

29 Mar 2020 - 6:57PM

Jewellery resellers report a trend of people monetising unwanted items so they have cash in case of a prolonged coronavirus crisis. Here’s what you need to know about selling jewellery online, including factors that affect the price.

Selling your jewellery online: Chanel, Hermès, Cartier pieces fetch high prices, and vintage ones even more
Fluid menswear and Chinese heritage are what sets designer Feng Chen Wang’s menswear apart

The London-based, China-born designer has been nominated for the International Woolmark Prize for a collection partly inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.

26 Mar 2020 - 2:20PM

The London-based, China-born designer has been nominated for the International Woolmark Prize for a collection partly inspired by traditional Chinese medicine.

Fluid menswear and Chinese heritage are what sets designer Feng Chen Wang’s menswear apart
Coronavirus: how to make your own hand sanitiser using five simple ingredients

There are few things more in demand around the world than hand sanitiser amid the coronavirus pandemic, but did you know you can make it at home? Here’s how.

19 Mar 2020 - 11:15AM

There are few things more in demand around the world than hand sanitiser amid the coronavirus pandemic, but did you know you can make it at home? Here’s how.

Coronavirus: how to make your own hand sanitiser using five simple ingredients
Hammer blow for Hong Kong creative arts as SCAD closes city campus; students of fashion, art and design at a loss

Art university has made a big impact since opening in 2010, and drawn visits by fashion designers such as Tory Burch and Guo Pei. Students’ safety was a factor in its decision to close. Current students offered e-learning or transfers to US.

13 Mar 2020 - 9:37PM

Art university has made a big impact since opening in 2010, and drawn visits by fashion designers such as Tory Burch and Guo Pei. Students’ safety was a factor in its decision to close. Current students offered e-learning or transfers to US.

Hammer blow for Hong Kong creative arts as SCAD closes city campus; students of fashion, art and design at a loss