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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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.

13 Jul 2020 - 5:20AM

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
Five trending beauty ingredients that will revolutionise skin and hair care in 2020, from hemp oil to sea kelp

Hemp seed oil for hydration, seaweed for skin protection, Abyssinian oil for your hair, multibiotics for your skin’s ecosystem – expect to see these trending ingredients revolutionise hair products and skincare this year.

12 Mar 2020 - 7:19PM

Hemp seed oil for hydration, seaweed for skin protection, Abyssinian oil for your hair, multibiotics for your skin’s ecosystem – expect to see these trending ingredients revolutionise hair products and skincare this year.

Five trending beauty ingredients that will revolutionise skin and hair care in 2020, from hemp oil to sea kelp
Chinese fashion designer Wen Pan believes sustainability is something everyone in the industry should embrace

Her brand’s capsule collection for Net-a-Porter, produced in collaboration with Hong Kong’s upcycling specialists The R Collective, was made using zero-waste patterns.

5 Mar 2020 - 3:04PM

Her brand’s capsule collection for Net-a-Porter, produced in collaboration with Hong Kong’s upcycling specialists The R Collective, was made using zero-waste patterns.

Chinese fashion designer Wen Pan believes sustainability is something everyone in the industry should embrace
5 sustainable sneaker brands selling cool shoes at affordable prices

Eco-friendly and sustainable fashion is on the rise as specialist brands like Allbirds, Rothys, Thousand Fell, Veja and Yatay focus on casual looks rather than glamorous styles.

14 May 2020 - 11:48AM

Eco-friendly and sustainable fashion is on the rise as specialist brands like Allbirds, Rothys, Thousand Fell, Veja and Yatay focus on casual looks rather than glamorous styles.

5 sustainable sneaker brands selling cool shoes at affordable prices
Skincare using traditional Chinese medicine goes bespoke to treat acne, eczema and other common skin conditions

Natural skincare products are on trend, and herbs from traditional Chinese medicine are becoming more popular. Dr David Lee, who blends Eastern and Western medicine, explains how he uses Chinese herbs for custom-made skincare.

11 Feb 2020 - 8:17PM

Natural skincare products are on trend, and herbs from traditional Chinese medicine are becoming more popular. Dr David Lee, who blends Eastern and Western medicine, explains how he uses Chinese herbs for custom-made skincare.

Skincare using traditional Chinese medicine goes bespoke to treat acne, eczema and other common skin conditions
Coronavirus beauty essentials: how to adapt your routine when you wear a face mask – make it all about the eyes

Serums and moisture mists are in, blush and lipstick are out as you wear a mask against coronavirus. Don’t forget sunscreen, rethink your foundation – and put all your efforts into making beautiful eyes, says celebrity make-up artist.

5 Feb 2020 - 6:43PM

Serums and moisture mists are in, blush and lipstick are out as you wear a mask against coronavirus. Don’t forget sunscreen, rethink your foundation – and put all your efforts into making beautiful eyes, says celebrity make-up artist.

Coronavirus beauty essentials: how to adapt your routine when you wear a face mask – make it all about the eyes
How long can you wear clothes before washing them? Save water and energy by checking labels

Clean clothes smell and feel great, but throwing them into the washing machine too often is harmful to the environment and wastes water, experts say.

28 Jan 2020 - 6:31PM

Clean clothes smell and feel great, but throwing them into the washing machine too often is harmful to the environment and wastes water, experts say.

How long can you wear clothes before washing them? Save water and energy by checking labels
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