Karen Tee

Karen Tee

Karen is a lifestyle and travel journalist who is constantly roaming the globe in search of her next great adventure. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York City, she has also taught journalism at Lasalle College of the Arts. She covers fashion and beauty for South China Morning Post.

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Desirable or unattainable? The V-shaped face quest spurred by the likes of Blackpink and Angelababy, and how far some will go to achieve it

Angelababy has one. So do the girls of K-pop band Blackpink. Women undergo procedures, even surgery to achieve a V-shaped face – but their fixation can perpetuate unhealthy ideals of beauty, some say.

Angelababy has one. So do the girls of K-pop band Blackpink. Women undergo procedures, even surgery to achieve a V-shaped face – but their fixation can perpetuate unhealthy ideals of beauty, some say.

11 May 2021 - 7:22PM
Will virtual social media influencers replace human ones? They’re everywhere, from K-pop to fashion catwalks

Virtual influencers are on the catwalk, on Instagram, collaborating with companies like Tesla and gracing the covers of fashion magazines – are they taking over from human ones?

Virtual influencers are on the catwalk, on Instagram, collaborating with companies like Tesla and gracing the covers of fashion magazines – are they taking over from human ones?

30 Mar 2021 - 10:14AM
New York-based Malaysian clean beauty brand Evereden’s founder, former investment banker Kimberley Ho, on her epiphany

Beauty entrepreneur Kimberley Ho is building the next Johnson & Johnson – natural skincare label Evereden, which offers products safe for babies and children, and targets clean-beauty-conscious new mums.

Beauty entrepreneur Kimberley Ho is building the next Johnson & Johnson – natural skincare label Evereden, which offers products safe for babies and children, and targets clean-beauty-conscious new mums.

19 Jan 2021 - 10:33AM
Viral Singapore Airlines-style crop top shows off wonders of batik, plus 6 Southeast Asian brands giving the craft a fresh spin

Singaporean brand Makerly SG has been making a splash with its batik crop top made with a print similar to the one used for Singapore Airlines’ crew uniform.

Singaporean brand Makerly SG has been making a splash with its batik crop top made with a print similar to the one used for Singapore Airlines’ crew uniform.

12 Jan 2021 - 12:15PM
How to make it in fashion: Singapore’s most exciting shoe designer on building his dream career

Young Singaporean footwear designer Firdaos Pidau from Charles & Keith talks about the lessons he learned on his way to a dream career in the fashion industry.

Young Singaporean footwear designer Firdaos Pidau from Charles & Keith talks about the lessons he learned on his way to a dream career in the fashion industry.

7 Nov 2020 - 8:28PM
Facelifts and Covid-19: patients having major cosmetic surgery with no social events to attend and everyone masking up, Southeast Asia beauty clinics report

Spas, aesthetic clinics and beauty salons in Southeast Asia have seen a rise in demand from local customers as lockdowns have eased. For some, having no social events to go to makes it the right time to have some major work done.

Spas, aesthetic clinics and beauty salons in Southeast Asia have seen a rise in demand from local customers as lockdowns have eased. For some, having no social events to go to makes it the right time to have some major work done.

29 Sep 2020 - 7:40PM
Singaporean creatives forced home rediscover the Lion City’s unique characteristics

Singapore has seen a flowering of artistic output as its overseas-based creatives return home from coronavirus-ravaged countries, leading them to rediscover the city state’s unique characteristics and reflect on the pandemic’s effects.

Singapore has seen a flowering of artistic output as its overseas-based creatives return home from coronavirus-ravaged countries, leading them to rediscover the city state’s unique characteristics and reflect on the pandemic’s effects.

16 Sep 2020 - 7:50AM
Singapore online fashion festival The Front Row to give smaller local brands a digital boost

Daniel Boey conceived The Front Row, an online fashion festival, to offer smaller, local Singaporean brands doing great work a digital platform in a time of reduced bricks-and- mortar shopping.

Daniel Boey conceived The Front Row, an online fashion festival, to offer smaller, local Singaporean brands doing great work a digital platform in a time of reduced bricks-and- mortar shopping.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:08AM
Food meets fashion in Singapore as industry elite sell chilli and desserts instead of designer wear and haircuts during lockdown

With stay-at-home dining all the rage, some of the city state’s coolest trendsetters have turned their hand to making food for delivery, and even opening a cafe. They may or may not go back to fashion.

With stay-at-home dining all the rage, some of the city state’s coolest trendsetters have turned their hand to making food for delivery, and even opening a cafe. They may or may not go back to fashion.

23 Jun 2020 - 5:44PM
Masks and manners: your essential etiquette tips for a polite and polished pandemic

As the world adjusts to living with the coronavirus, we need to adapt to new norms of behaviour, says Singapore-based etiquette consultant Astrie Sunindar-Ratner.

As the world adjusts to living with the coronavirus, we need to adapt to new norms of behaviour, says Singapore-based etiquette consultant Astrie Sunindar-Ratner.

21 Jun 2020 - 5:36PM
OliveAnkara, the Singapore brand that fuses African prints with Italian craftsmanship

Ifeoma Ubby, cancer researcher turned fashion designer, launched OliveAnkara in 2016 as a side hustle when she could not find African fabric in Singapore.

Ifeoma Ubby, cancer researcher turned fashion designer, launched OliveAnkara in 2016 as a side hustle when she could not find African fabric in Singapore.

27 Feb 2020 - 7:36AM
This Singapore design group is shaking up fashion with its rebel T-shirts and Gen Z thinking

Supported by Dover Street Market and Comme des Garcons president Adrian Joffe, and fresh from their first showing in Paris, Singapore design collective Youths In Balaclava could be the breath of fresh air the fashion industry needs.

Supported by Dover Street Market and Comme des Garcons president Adrian Joffe, and fresh from their first showing in Paris, Singapore design collective Youths In Balaclava could be the breath of fresh air the fashion industry needs.

14 Jan 2020 - 7:31PM
Why e-commerce isn’t a threat to luxury watch stores – The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay on the value of service, and group’s belief in future for protest-hit Hong Kong

Singaporean luxury retail group boss Michael Tay says wearing a smartwatch could stoke a young consumer’s appetite for a mechanical watch later on. He reflects on the future of bricks-and-mortar retailing and the importance of service.

Singaporean luxury retail group boss Michael Tay says wearing a smartwatch could stoke a young consumer’s appetite for a mechanical watch later on. He reflects on the future of bricks-and-mortar retailing and the importance of service.

6 Jan 2020 - 5:08PM
Is Singapore Social on Netflix as bad as its critics say, or are the haters really hating on themselves when they say the show (no Singlish included) is vapid and fake?

Singapore Social on Netflix is no Crazy Rich Asians, but are the haters hating on themselves when they say this new reality show is vapid and fake?

Singapore Social on Netflix is no Crazy Rich Asians, but are the haters hating on themselves when they say this new reality show is vapid and fake?

2 Dec 2019 - 8:53PM
Durians and chilli crabs: Singapore fashion designer celebrates city’s cuisine with food motifs for capsule collection

Designer Afton Chen, of Reckless Ericka, is marking the Singapore label’s 10th anniversary by making the country’s national obsession – food – an object of sartorial desire.

Designer Afton Chen, of Reckless Ericka, is marking the Singapore label’s 10th anniversary by making the country’s national obsession – food – an object of sartorial desire.

19 Nov 2019 - 8:28PM
How Singapore’s go-to events organiser went from refugee to society darling

Whether it’s for private functions with VIP guests or flashy store openings, Olga Iserlis is who many in the Lion City turn to. After fleeing Russia for the US aged 15, she draws on her experiences for inspiration.

Whether it’s for private functions with VIP guests or flashy store openings, Olga Iserlis is who many in the Lion City turn to. After fleeing Russia for the US aged 15, she draws on her experiences for inspiration.

29 Oct 2019 - 6:31PM
Singapore’s most outspoken drag queen Becca D’Bus on fashion that turns heads and calling things as they are

Plus size and 1.85 metres tall, Becca D’Bus would stand out on the streets of Singapore even if she didn’t wear dresses that draw stares. ‘I wear my creations because I am proud of them and not to challenge societal views,’ she says.

Plus size and 1.85 metres tall, Becca D’Bus would stand out on the streets of Singapore even if she didn’t wear dresses that draw stares. ‘I wear my creations because I am proud of them and not to challenge societal views,’ she says.

15 Oct 2019 - 8:33PM
Asian fashion labels championed by Singapore boutique – designer quality at high street prices, owner says

Pek Lay Peng, of Singaporean multi-label boutique SocietyA, is on a mission to get Asian designers the credit they deserve – labels such as LIE from South Korea, Malaysia’s Jonathan Liang and Peggy Hartanto from Indonesia.

Pek Lay Peng, of Singaporean multi-label boutique SocietyA, is on a mission to get Asian designers the credit they deserve – labels such as LIE from South Korea, Malaysia’s Jonathan Liang and Peggy Hartanto from Indonesia.

25 Sep 2019 - 7:33PM
Crazy Rich Asian wedding planner on million dollar dresses, weather control and ‘bridezillas’

Lelian Chew pulls out all the stops to create perfect weddings for her wealthy clientele, for whom little is beyond the realms of possibility: million dollar dresses, purpose-built structures in remote places – even weather control.

Lelian Chew pulls out all the stops to create perfect weddings for her wealthy clientele, for whom little is beyond the realms of possibility: million dollar dresses, purpose-built structures in remote places – even weather control.

7 Sep 2019 - 7:40PM
Behind Singapore unisex fashion label is pair’s obsession with hard-to-find handmade textiles from Japan

Biro, founded by Singaporean brothers Kenghow and Kage Chong, sells a tightly curated collection of utilitarian apparel made in Japan that combines precision tailoring with carefully sourced premium textiles.

Biro, founded by Singaporean brothers Kenghow and Kage Chong, sells a tightly curated collection of utilitarian apparel made in Japan that combines precision tailoring with carefully sourced premium textiles.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:31PM
Chinese caviar: the Singapore pair farming ‘black gold’ in Yunnan – and trying to change perceptions

Two Singaporean entrepreneurs have launched a brand, Caviar Colony, to showcase the ‘black gold’ harvested from a caviar farm in Yunnan, southwest China, and gain for Chinese caviar the recognition they say it deserves.

Two Singaporean entrepreneurs have launched a brand, Caviar Colony, to showcase the ‘black gold’ harvested from a caviar farm in Yunnan, southwest China, and gain for Chinese caviar the recognition they say it deserves.

17 Dec 2019 - 2:35PM
Ong Shunmugam’s designer on why diffusion line OM is for working women

Singapore-based Priscilla Shunmugam says one of her design hallmarks is tasteful colours for Asian skin. Diffusion line OM is for women who are not afraid to look both capable and fashionable.

Singapore-based Priscilla Shunmugam says one of her design hallmarks is tasteful colours for Asian skin. Diffusion line OM is for women who are not afraid to look both capable and fashionable.

28 Jun 2019 - 11:45AM
Cover girls: five hijab-wearing Instagram fashionistas from Asia – trendy Muslim women with a following on social media

Muslim women from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, by offering followers a glimpse of their lives through Instagram, aim to spread understanding of their fashion and faith.

Muslim women from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, by offering followers a glimpse of their lives through Instagram, aim to spread understanding of their fashion and faith.

30 May 2019 - 1:20PM
Five of the hottest new nightclubs in Asia for partying all summer long

Marquee in Singapore features a 30-metre-tall Ferris wheel, Ce La Vi is the highest rooftop lounge in Taiwan, and Zouk Genting in Malaysia has a social gaming lounge. And they’re not all the new venues offering something different.

Marquee in Singapore features a 30-metre-tall Ferris wheel, Ce La Vi is the highest rooftop lounge in Taiwan, and Zouk Genting in Malaysia has a social gaming lounge. And they’re not all the new venues offering something different.

27 Apr 2019 - 7:58PM
Why LVMH boss is bullish on Asia, except its luxury fashion brands

LVMH regional chairman Ravi Thakran says there are many rising fashion stars in Asia that have the potential to go global, but he does not see the continent producing a true global luxury fashion brand in the next decade.

LVMH regional chairman Ravi Thakran says there are many rising fashion stars in Asia that have the potential to go global, but he does not see the continent producing a true global luxury fashion brand in the next decade.

17 Apr 2019 - 8:38PM
Chanel, Victoria Beckham, Topshop have all banned exotic skins – but trend could be doing more harm than good

Contrary to popular belief, using ethical sources of crocodile leather and snakeskin in the fashion industry can help in wildlife conservation, says some industry leaders.

Contrary to popular belief, using ethical sources of crocodile leather and snakeskin in the fashion industry can help in wildlife conservation, says some industry leaders.

21 Mar 2019 - 8:33PM
Asian meets Latin American as Colombian art comes to Singapore and Asian artists plan to head to South America

A trip to Colombia led to the opening of Singapore-based Artitude Galeria. Owners Ravi Thakran and partner Holly Turner were amazed at the similarities between Latin America and Asian art and decided to bring the two together.

A trip to Colombia led to the opening of Singapore-based Artitude Galeria. Owners Ravi Thakran and partner Holly Turner were amazed at the similarities between Latin America and Asian art and decided to bring the two together.

18 Mar 2019 - 7:19PM
Birkins wall to wall, a closet full of couture, but it’s work that makes Singapore socialite Jamie Chua happiest

There are 200 Hermès handbags, a similar number of shoes and fashion from the world’s leading luxury labels. The former Singapore Airlines stewardess talks about her style, her work, and the perils of not staying in five-star hotels.

There are 200 Hermès handbags, a similar number of shoes and fashion from the world’s leading luxury labels. The former Singapore Airlines stewardess talks about her style, her work, and the perils of not staying in five-star hotels.

11 Mar 2019 - 8:53PM
How Asia is daring to share: the rise of fashion rental services

Clothing rental companies are springing up in Asia as shoppers overcome their reluctance to wear used designer outfits. Some companies also offer alteration services and package deals.

Clothing rental companies are springing up in Asia as shoppers overcome their reluctance to wear used designer outfits. Some companies also offer alteration services and package deals.

24 Jan 2019 - 7:50AM
How online fashion retailer Zalora cracked Southeast Asia

Singapore and Malaysia-based company Zalora says that understanding the region inside out is what has given it the edge.

Singapore and Malaysia-based company Zalora says that understanding the region inside out is what has given it the edge.

17 Jan 2019 - 8:33PM