Irene Pyne

Irene Pyne is a professional copywriter, storywriter and all-round content guru. Her interests include East Asian culture and politics, modern art, food, television and film. When she’s not writing for us, she’s spending time at idNerd’s animation studio, debating over the projectile speed of snot - for a cartoon, of course.

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The world’s most luxurious grand pianos? Lenny Kravitz put his spin on the Steinway Kravitz Grand Limited Edition while Drake has a Bosendorfer in his mansion …

Lenny Kravitz put his spin on the Steinway Kravitz Grand Limited Edition while Drake has a Bosendorfer in his mansion and the Fazioli M Liminal imitates a yacht …

Lenny Kravitz put his spin on the Steinway Kravitz Grand Limited Edition while Drake has a Bosendorfer in his mansion and the Fazioli M Liminal imitates a yacht …

21 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Would you drop US$500,000 on this 325-inch 8K TV? LG launches its first ultra-luxury screen, plus 3 more OTT home cinema displays from Bang & Olufsen, Samsung and C-Seed

LG, Bang & Olufsen and Samsung have pulled out all the stops, bringing cutting edge tech to truly gigantic screens, culminating in a 325-inch, 8K model that’ll fill your wall

LG, Bang & Olufsen and Samsung have pulled out all the stops, bringing cutting edge tech to truly gigantic screens, culminating in a 325-inch, 8K model that’ll fill your wall

20 Nov 2021 - 3:00AM
4 luxurious chandeliers and lamps to brighten up your home this winter, from the Baccarat x Virgil Abloh Crystal Clear Chandelier to pieces by Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Daum

Illuminating ideas from the shining light of Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh – plus British design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and others

Illuminating ideas from the shining light of Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh – plus British design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, and others

4 Nov 2021 - 8:53PM
Stylish shoes and handbags for the autumn fashion week season, from Fendi’s sustainably crafted Baguette messenger bag to Celine’s street-chic CT-03 sneakers

As international fashion weeks return in September, we’re getting ready with head-turning casual and streetwear offerings by Fendi, Loewe and Celine

As international fashion weeks return in September, we’re getting ready with head-turning casual and streetwear offerings by Fendi, Loewe and Celine

1 Sep 2021 - 5:00PM
A Marvel supercar? The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro was conceived to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ new Hypercar class – but it just made us think of Stormbreaker

If the original Aston Martin Valkyrie was Thor’s Mjolnir, then this track-only beast – conceived to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ new Hypercar class – must be Stormbreaker

If the original Aston Martin Valkyrie was Thor’s Mjolnir, then this track-only beast – conceived to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ new Hypercar class – must be Stormbreaker

17 Aug 2021 - 12:33PM
What to watch on Netflix this August: Kim Kardashian helps Paris Hilton cook up a storm, Addison Rae stars in a He’s All That remake and Caitlyn Jenner reveals all in Untold

Netflix is pulling out the big guns for August, with new productions from Marie Kondo, Paris Hilton and Jason Momoa, whose film Sweet Girl sees him avenging the death of his wife

Netflix is pulling out the big guns for August, with new productions from Marie Kondo, Paris Hilton and Jason Momoa, whose film Sweet Girl sees him avenging the death of his wife

9 Aug 2021 - 10:03AM
Simone Biles wasn’t the first – before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Naomi Osaka, Michael Phelps and Serena Williams spoke up about mental health in sports

Olympic champion Simone Biles just withdrew from the final in Tokyo to focus on her mental health – and Naomi Osaka, Michael Phelps and Serena Williams have had their own struggles too

Olympic champion Simone Biles just withdrew from the final in Tokyo to focus on her mental health – and Naomi Osaka, Michael Phelps and Serena Williams have had their own struggles too

29 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
Meet Hong Kong swimmer Siobhan Haughey, the hometown hero who won two Olympic silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Games

After Edgar Cheung delivered Hong Kong’s second-ever gold medal on Monday, all eyes were on Siobhan Haughey in the women’s 200-metre freestyle final today – but what’s she like out of the pool?

After Edgar Cheung delivered Hong Kong’s second-ever gold medal on Monday, all eyes were on Siobhan Haughey in the women’s 200-metre freestyle final today – but what’s she like out of the pool?

30 Jul 2021 - 10:10AM
Meet Japan’s teenage Olympic champion Momiji Nishiya – the 13-year-old girl who just won skateboarding gold at Tokyo 2020

The teenage skateboarder swept quite a few ‘firsts’ with her win, but said she ‘wasn’t too worried about getting a medal’ before competing ... so what’s she like outside of the skate park?

The teenage skateboarder swept quite a few ‘firsts’ with her win, but said she ‘wasn’t too worried about getting a medal’ before competing ... so what’s she like outside of the skate park?

27 Jul 2021 - 2:08PM
Netflix’s steamy July line-up: 5 best TV series and films to watch – Too Hot to Handle and medical K-drama Hospital Playlist are both back for season two

Missing Bridgerton? Get your fill of saucy antics in the reality series where contestants stay celibate to win US$100,000, and a new Netflix original about the past affairs of a bored housewife

Missing Bridgerton? Get your fill of saucy antics in the reality series where contestants stay celibate to win US$100,000, and a new Netflix original about the past affairs of a bored housewife

3 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
Superyacht bling: is the US$305,000 limited-edition Bugatti Pool Table the new billionaire must-have?

What’s a yacht without a pool table? And not just any pool table – this US$305,000 limited-edition piece features tech that’ll automatically stabilise it on the waves plus signature Bugatti design touches

What’s a yacht without a pool table? And not just any pool table – this US$305,000 limited-edition piece features tech that’ll automatically stabilise it on the waves plus signature Bugatti design touches

15 Jun 2021 - 6:00AM
Is this the ultimate smart bed? The US$120,000 HiCan takes sleep and self-care to a new level with state-of-the-art tech and Italian artisanal design

Sleep and air quality trackers, a shoulder and foot massage option, a state-of-the-art entertainment system complete with 70-inch screen … does the US$120,000 HiCan smart bed have it all?

Sleep and air quality trackers, a shoulder and foot massage option, a state-of-the-art entertainment system complete with 70-inch screen … does the US$120,000 HiCan smart bed have it all?

9 Jun 2021 - 1:23PM
How do K-pop and LGBT issues inspire Haneyl Choi’s sculptures? Art Basel Hong Kong marks the millennial Korean artist’s international arrival

At his first international art fair feature, the millennial artist explores the collision of conservative Korean society with queer liberation

At his first international art fair feature, the millennial artist explores the collision of conservative Korean society with queer liberation

21 May 2021 - 4:02PM
What is Operation Forth Bridge and what happens now that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away?

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle – here is the protocol the British royal family is most likely to follow

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died at Windsor Castle – here is the protocol the British royal family is most likely to follow

9 Apr 2021 - 8:43PM
WineCab, the US$180,000 robot sommelier that will scan your face, choose your wine and deliver it at the right temperature

Would you pay US$180,000 for an AI-driven wine storage system that will offer recommendations, deliver your wine with a robotic arm ++++and keep unwanted drinkers away with facial recognition?

Would you pay US$180,000 for an AI-driven wine storage system that will offer recommendations, deliver your wine with a robotic arm ++++and keep unwanted drinkers away with facial recognition?

3 Apr 2021 - 12:00PM
Is this blinged-out Sony PlayStation 5 really worth US$2 million? Russian luxury brand Caviar’s Golden Rock version, launched for Lunar New Year, is a true objet d’art

Russian luxury brand Caviar has launched its Golden Rock version of the video game console, which features 20kg of 18-karat gold and controllers done up in crocodile leather

Russian luxury brand Caviar has launched its Golden Rock version of the video game console, which features 20kg of 18-karat gold and controllers done up in crocodile leather

18 Mar 2021 - 5:00PM
Would you live in Hong Kong’s Star Ferry superyacht? One iconic 80s cross-harbour passenger ferry was transformed into a New York loft-style floating weekend home – now on sale for US$2.7 million

An iconic cross-harbour passenger ferry from Hong Kong’s 80s glory days has been was transformed into a floating luxury weekend home – yours for US$2.7 million

An iconic cross-harbour passenger ferry from Hong Kong’s 80s glory days has been was transformed into a floating luxury weekend home – yours for US$2.7 million

11 Mar 2021 - 11:03AM
Anya Taylor-Joy in 5 facts: before Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit earned her a Golden Globe, the Argentinian-American actress was scouted as a model outside London’s Harrods

She was a double nominee and took home a best actress gong for her portrayal of Beth Harmon in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit – so what else do we know about the 24-year-old face of the moment?

She was a double nominee and took home a best actress gong for her portrayal of Beth Harmon in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit – so what else do we know about the 24-year-old face of the moment?

2 Mar 2021 - 1:23PM
Prince Philip’s 69 years of royal achievements, from designing a Boucheron ring for Queen Elizabeth to creating a new sport and a now globally popular youth programme

The Duke of Edinburgh may often play second fiddle to Queen Elizabeth in terms of public duties, but his life as a royal has been far from uneventful: here we chart the hidden talents (and occasional gaffes) you might not know about

The Duke of Edinburgh may often play second fiddle to Queen Elizabeth in terms of public duties, but his life as a royal has been far from uneventful: here we chart the hidden talents (and occasional gaffes) you might not know about

24 Feb 2021 - 5:18PM
5 of Harry Styles’ most iconic gender-bending looks, from Gucci garb and Saint Laurent suits to that JW Anderson rainbow cardigan that went viral on TikTok

The former One Direction member embraces famous brands as well as lesser-known labels to author his androgynous approach – but which designer played the biggest part in his sense of style?

The former One Direction member embraces famous brands as well as lesser-known labels to author his androgynous approach – but which designer played the biggest part in his sense of style?

22 Feb 2021 - 6:00AM
Former One Direction singer Harry Styles buys property, supercars and designer clothes – but also gives millions to charities

The former One Direction singer owns three homes and collects supercars and clothes but also loves nothing more than a good loaf of bread and giving money away

The former One Direction singer owns three homes and collects supercars and clothes but also loves nothing more than a good loaf of bread and giving money away

16 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM
Will Covid-19 spark a personal submarine luxury trend? The US$5.5 million Triton 3300/6 takes social distancing to aquatic depths

The new US$5.5 million Triton 3300/6 takes social distancing to aquatic depths – is an underwater getaway vehicle 2021’s coolest luxury purchase?

The new US$5.5 million Triton 3300/6 takes social distancing to aquatic depths – is an underwater getaway vehicle 2021’s coolest luxury purchase?

5 Feb 2021 - 5:06PM
Harry Styles’ 5 biggest surprises: from dating Olivia Wilde to getting Kendall Jenner to rank Kourtney worst Kardashian parent on The Late Late Show

From getting Kendall Jenner to name the worst Kardashian parent on TV to posing in a dress for Vogue

From getting Kendall Jenner to name the worst Kardashian parent on TV to posing in a dress for Vogue

3 Feb 2021 - 4:00AM
Why Anna Shay is the true star of Netflix’s Bling Empire: she’s classy, down to earth and generous – gifting co-stars Kelly Mi Li and Kevin Kreider a Boucheron ring and Dior shopping spree

With her memorable antics, stylish wardrobe and warm generosity, the 60-year-old millionaire heiress is the true star of the hit reality TV show – change our minds

With her memorable antics, stylish wardrobe and warm generosity, the 60-year-old millionaire heiress is the true star of the hit reality TV show – change our minds

29 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
Netflix’s Bling Empire: who is Kevin Kreider? The Korean-American fitness influencer is friends with Kelly Mi Li and models for Gillette and Abercrombie & Fitch

With no millions to his name and often no shirt, he’s an odd fit in the show’s money- and fashion-obsessed Southern California world

With no millions to his name and often no shirt, he’s an odd fit in the show’s money- and fashion-obsessed Southern California world

28 Jan 2021 - 3:24PM
Who is Bling Empire’s Kim Lee, ‘the Asian Kim Kardashian’? Before the hit Netflix reality TV series, the millionaire appeared in The Hangover Part II and hosted Yo! MTV Raps on MTV Asia

She made her start as a model and was once named ‘the sexiest woman in the world’, before achieving success as a DJ and MTV host – is this role in Netflix’s hit reality show her biggest break yet?

She made her start as a model and was once named ‘the sexiest woman in the world’, before achieving success as a DJ and MTV host – is this role in Netflix’s hit reality show her biggest break yet?

27 Jan 2021 - 11:08AM
Is Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray still dating Kelly Mi Li? 5 things to know about the controversial Netflix reality star, model and Red Power Ranger (yes, really)

He was criticised by viewers for his ‘emotionally abusive’ behaviour and cast members even asked Mi Li what she could see in him – so what’s the full story off screen?

He was criticised by viewers for his ‘emotionally abusive’ behaviour and cast members even asked Mi Li what she could see in him – so what’s the full story off screen?

22 Jan 2021 - 6:49PM
Millionaire Anna Shay is stealing the show on Netflix’s Bling Empire: Boucheron high jewellery, fashions from Alexander McQueen and Dior and US$330 caviar are some of her favourite things

The 60-year-old millionaire, who is stealing the show on the new hit reality series, flew co-star Kelly Mi Li to Paris for US$330 caviar while her son splurges on five-figure cannabis paraphernalia

The 60-year-old millionaire, who is stealing the show on the new hit reality series, flew co-star Kelly Mi Li to Paris for US$330 caviar while her son splurges on five-figure cannabis paraphernalia

21 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
Netflix’s Bling Empire: meet Christine Chiu, the couture queen married to celebrity plastic surgeon Gabriel Chiu, and who got mad when Jessica Chastain wore the same Chanel dress

‘More than the average home in the US, but less than a very rare Bugatti,’ was the cost of her 2019 Lunar New Year bash – trust the socialite with the millionaire husband to do it in style

‘More than the average home in the US, but less than a very rare Bugatti,’ was the cost of her 2019 Lunar New Year bash – trust the socialite with the millionaire husband to do it in style

20 Jan 2021 - 7:26PM
Rihanna followed his Instagram, then Netflix’s Bling Empire called – Kane Lim’s journey from real-life Crazy Rich Asian to reality TV celebrity

‘I have walked into a designer shoe store and said: I’ll take one pair of everything you have in every colour,’ boasted the Singaporean heir – now his lavish life is on Netflix

‘I have walked into a designer shoe store and said: I’ll take one pair of everything you have in every colour,’ boasted the Singaporean heir – now his lavish life is on Netflix

19 Jan 2021 - 11:07AM