Richard Lord

Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.

Latest from Richard Lord

How Blade Runner, and the film’s Hong Kong influences, continue to inspire designer Alexis Holm

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film remains a source of inspiration for Swedish watch and footwear designer Alexis Holm.

9 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film remains a source of inspiration for Swedish watch and footwear designer Alexis Holm.

How Blade Runner, and the film’s Hong Kong influences, continue to inspire designer Alexis Holm
Which insiders and influencers got first peek at the Chloé summer 2020 collection in Hong Kong?

Parisian fashion house displayed its Daria and Daryl bags, Daisy sandals and Diane boots to celebrities and socialites including Ali Lee, Fish Liew, Jennifer Yu and Cecilia Choi in Central.

7 Feb 2020 - 4:55AM

Parisian fashion house displayed its Daria and Daryl bags, Daisy sandals and Diane boots to celebrities and socialites including Ali Lee, Fish Liew, Jennifer Yu and Cecilia Choi in Central.

Which insiders and influencers got first peek at the Chloé summer 2020 collection in Hong Kong?
Cecilia Yeung and Elva Ni rock up for Chanel Beauty Studio opening party in Hong Kong

Other guests at the opening of the city’s first Chanel Beauty Studio included singer Keung To, actor Adam Pak, and actresses Jeannie Chan and Karena Ng.

6 Feb 2020 - 5:58AM

Other guests at the opening of the city’s first Chanel Beauty Studio included singer Keung To, actor Adam Pak, and actresses Jeannie Chan and Karena Ng.

Cecilia Yeung and Elva Ni rock up for Chanel Beauty Studio opening party in Hong Kong
Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and Robert Pattinson bring star power to Dior Homme launch

Immediately after the Parisian couture house debuted its menswear collection designed by Kim Jones, it celebrated the launch of the woody, masculine fragrance created by master perfumer François Demachy, with dinner at Caviar Kaspia

5 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

Immediately after the Parisian couture house debuted its menswear collection designed by Kim Jones, it celebrated the launch of the woody, masculine fragrance created by master perfumer François Demachy, with dinner at Caviar Kaspia

Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid and Robert Pattinson bring star power to Dior Homme launch
6 places in Asia where you can see Tokyo-based teamLab’s mind-blowing exhibitions

Installations in Japan, China, Singapore and Macau put on the art-meets-science exhibitions your children actually want to see

4 Feb 2020 - 4:00PM

Installations in Japan, China, Singapore and Macau put on the art-meets-science exhibitions your children actually want to see

6 places in Asia where you can see Tokyo-based teamLab’s mind-blowing exhibitions
Joey King, Billy Porter, Laura Dern, Jodie Comer, Awkwafina – Hollywood stars out for Britain at LA’s Bafta Tea Party

The Baftas are Britain’s answer to the Oscars – so this year Hollywood’s A-listers celebrated with tea and scones at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles

4 Feb 2020 - 10:00AM

The Baftas are Britain’s answer to the Oscars – so this year Hollywood’s A-listers celebrated with tea and scones at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles

Joey King, Billy Porter, Laura Dern, Jodie Comer, Awkwafina – Hollywood stars out for Britain at LA’s Bafta Tea Party
Review | Hongkongers’ creative revenge on arrogant expat adman, a penis gaffe in Saudi Arabia, and more funny stories from a globetrotting copywriter

Advertising copywriter John Fuery went from the actual desert of Saudi Arabia to the creative desert that was Hong Kong – and stayed for 11 years. Don’t expect to be inspired or enlightened by his amusing memoir – but do expect to giggle.

27 Jan 2020 - 6:00PM

Advertising copywriter John Fuery went from the actual desert of Saudi Arabia to the creative desert that was Hong Kong – and stayed for 11 years. Don’t expect to be inspired or enlightened by his amusing memoir – but do expect to giggle.

Hongkongers’ creative revenge on arrogant expat adman, a penis gaffe in Saudi Arabia, and more funny stories from a globetrotting copywriter
How 2Pac’s 1996 album All Eyez on Me shaped the life of a designer in the Sydney suburbs

Australian designer and stylist Juan-Carlos Aquino on how he identified with the rapper and hip-hop culture.

21 Jan 2020 - 11:31AM

Australian designer and stylist Juan-Carlos Aquino on how he identified with the rapper and hip-hop culture.

How 2Pac’s 1996 album All Eyez on Me shaped the life of a designer in the Sydney suburbs
Review | High-octane tales of life in Hong Kong’s Marine Police in colonial-era commander’s memoir A Small Band of Men

Les Bird’s memoir about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police, A Small Band of Men, is a humorous romp that also foreshadows darker issues the city faces today.

12 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Les Bird’s memoir about his time in an elite unit of Hong Kong’s Marine Police, A Small Band of Men, is a humorous romp that also foreshadows darker issues the city faces today.

High-octane tales of life in Hong Kong’s Marine Police in colonial-era commander’s memoir A Small Band of Men
What were Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber and Frank Ocean up to at Loewe’s new NYC store?

Luxury Spanish fashion brand starts celebration with cocktails at its new SoHo space, followed by a holiday party at the Sinclair-Fletcher Mansion on the Upper East Side

30 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM

Luxury Spanish fashion brand starts celebration with cocktails at its new SoHo space, followed by a holiday party at the Sinclair-Fletcher Mansion on the Upper East Side

What were Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber and Frank Ocean up to at Loewe’s new NYC store?
Why were RuPaul, Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan and other A-listers seen partying together in West Hollywood?

Hollywood A-listers, musicians, models and influencers such as RuPaul, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae and Alana Hadid were spotted at this hip new West Hollywood Club

10 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Hollywood A-listers, musicians, models and influencers such as RuPaul, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monae and Alana Hadid were spotted at this hip new West Hollywood Club

Why were RuPaul, Lenny Kravitz, Chaka Khan and other A-listers seen partying together in West Hollywood?
How a book about poverty reduction changed NGO founder’s life: her big takeaways from Nobel Prize winners’ Poor Economics

Nobel Prize for Economics winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics inspired Marie Kretz Di Meglio to found a Hong Kong NGO for domestic helpers.

8 Dec 2019 - 4:00PM

Nobel Prize for Economics winners Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics inspired Marie Kretz Di Meglio to found a Hong Kong NGO for domestic helpers.

How a book about poverty reduction changed NGO founder’s life: her big takeaways from Nobel Prize winners’ Poor Economics
Before Tiffany & Co. – 6 brands LVMH has bought since 2015, from Rimowa suitcases to Belmond hotels

Already the owner of 75 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi and Givenchy, LVMH has just added Tiffany & Co. to its roster – so which other household names has the French luxury conglomerate bought lately?

3 Dec 2019 - 11:49AM

Already the owner of 75 luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi and Givenchy, LVMH has just added Tiffany & Co. to its roster – so which other household names has the French luxury conglomerate bought lately?

Before Tiffany & Co. – 6 brands LVMH has bought since 2015, from Rimowa suitcases to Belmond hotels
Southeast Asia electronic music festivals Wonderfruit and Epizode preview: from star DJs to yoga and sustainability

Wonderfruit in Thailand in December is a holistic experience as much as a musical one, while the focus at Epizode in Vietnam in January is firmly on the DJs, from Carl Craig to Ricardo Villalobos.

26 Nov 2019 - 11:12AM

Wonderfruit in Thailand in December is a holistic experience as much as a musical one, while the focus at Epizode in Vietnam in January is firmly on the DJs, from Carl Craig to Ricardo Villalobos.

Southeast Asia electronic music festivals Wonderfruit and Epizode preview: from star DJs to yoga and sustainability
Celebrity hairstylist Kim Robinson on how the film Out of Africa changed his life

The hairstylist to stars such as Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh says the 1985 film gave him his first understanding of how women feel.

11 Nov 2019 - 7:46AM

The hairstylist to stars such as Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi and Michelle Yeoh says the 1985 film gave him his first understanding of how women feel.

Celebrity hairstylist Kim Robinson on how the film Out of Africa changed his life
'Banksy: Genius or Vandal?’ comes to Hong Kong – and these 6 iconic images will help you find the answer

Ahead of the globetrotting Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition coming to Hong Kong, we round-up the enigmatic, anonymous street artist’s most influential and impactful artworks to date

29 Oct 2019 - 5:30PM

Ahead of the globetrotting Banksy: Genius or Vandal? exhibition coming to Hong Kong, we round-up the enigmatic, anonymous street artist’s most influential and impactful artworks to date

'Banksy: Genius or Vandal?’ comes to Hong Kong – and these 6 iconic images will help you find the answer
Architect Kengo Kuma’s new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympics and 5 other stunning buildings he has designed

He is a masterful user of bamboo and his designs often blend with nature, but one of his buildings is so incredible it seems to magically appear out of the earth

11 Oct 2019 - 2:20PM

He is a masterful user of bamboo and his designs often blend with nature, but one of his buildings is so incredible it seems to magically appear out of the earth

Architect Kengo Kuma’s new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympics and 5 other stunning buildings he has designed
Olympics 2020: How does Tokyo’s National Stadium compare with the most iconic stadiums ever?

Montreal’s Big O in 1976 and Berlin 1936, when African-American sprinter Jesse Owens’ four gold medals shattered the myth of Aryan superiority in front of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, are among the leading candidates

10 Oct 2019 - 5:21PM

Montreal’s Big O in 1976 and Berlin 1936, when African-American sprinter Jesse Owens’ four gold medals shattered the myth of Aryan superiority in front of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, are among the leading candidates

Olympics 2020: How does Tokyo’s National Stadium compare with the most iconic stadiums ever?
Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Naomie Harris bring a touch of 007 to Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity gala

Fashion icons Alexa Chung, Sita Abellan and Anna Wintour join musicians Eve, AJ Tracey and Ella Eyre at supermodel’s annual London fundraiser

3 Oct 2019 - 5:14AM

Fashion icons Alexa Chung, Sita Abellan and Anna Wintour join musicians Eve, AJ Tracey and Ella Eyre at supermodel’s annual London fundraiser

Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Naomie Harris bring a touch of 007 to Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity gala
Gucci, Chanel and Armani lead luxury fashion offerings at K11 Musea – the new artsy mall at Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside

The cultural-retail complex at Victoria Dockside in Tsim Sha Tsui features artistic treasures as well as sophisticated shopping and dining all under one roof

28 Sep 2019 - 2:00PM

The cultural-retail complex at Victoria Dockside in Tsim Sha Tsui features artistic treasures as well as sophisticated shopping and dining all under one roof

Gucci, Chanel and Armani lead luxury fashion offerings at K11 Musea – the new artsy mall at Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside
5 things we know about Beijing Daxing International Airport, the ‘alien starfish’ opening soon

Beijing Daxing International Airport opens at end of September – handling 300 take-offs and landings an hour, with 45 million passengers by 2021 – and will eventually be the world’s busiest

3 Sep 2019 - 10:38AM

Beijing Daxing International Airport opens at end of September – handling 300 take-offs and landings an hour, with 45 million passengers by 2021 – and will eventually be the world’s busiest

5 things we know about Beijing Daxing International Airport, the ‘alien starfish’ opening soon
Sustainable music festivals: the plastic-free, carbon neutral events making a big difference

Arts and music festivals can be terrible for the environment, from the waste they create to the energy required to host them. But some events are doing all they can to promote a positive message and reduce their impact.

28 Jul 2019 - 6:30PM

Arts and music festivals can be terrible for the environment, from the waste they create to the energy required to host them. But some events are doing all they can to promote a positive message and reduce their impact.

Sustainable music festivals: the plastic-free, carbon neutral events making a big difference
Review | Forty Nights by Chris Thrall: second memoir relocates drug-fuelled antics from Hong Kong to Britain

In his second memoir, Forty Nights, ex-marine Chris Thrall describes with wit and warmth his attempts, with varying degrees of success, to face his demons back home in Britain.

25 Jul 2019 - 6:20PM

In his second memoir, Forty Nights, ex-marine Chris Thrall describes with wit and warmth his attempts, with varying degrees of success, to face his demons back home in Britain.

Forty Nights by Chris Thrall: second memoir relocates drug-fuelled antics from Hong Kong to Britain
The Jollibee story: how a Philippine fast food franchise took on the world

Philippine brand Jollibee has grown from two outlets to more than 1,300 restaurants at home and overseas. The chain adapts its menus for different cultures, but its Chickenjoy fried chicken is a favourite everywhere.

23 Jul 2019 - 4:57PM

Philippine brand Jollibee has grown from two outlets to more than 1,300 restaurants at home and overseas. The chain adapts its menus for different cultures, but its Chickenjoy fried chicken is a favourite everywhere.

The Jollibee story: how a Philippine fast food franchise took on the world
Back to the Future film showed mixologist Antonio Lai that the world has no limits

Antonio Lai discovered anything was possible when he watched the 1985 time-travelling sci-fi flick as a child.

25 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Antonio Lai discovered anything was possible when he watched the 1985 time-travelling sci-fi flick as a child.

Back to the Future film showed mixologist Antonio Lai that the world has no limits
How The Book of Tea taught a curator to see the human behind the art

Takahashi Mizuki is co-director of the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, the arts centre at The Mills, a Hong Kong conservation project

19 May 2019 - 1:30PM

Takahashi Mizuki is co-director of the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, the arts centre at The Mills, a Hong Kong conservation project

How The Book of Tea taught a curator to see the human behind the art
Chef Vicky Cheng of Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant Vea shares how Canto-pop record changed his life

Despite being released before the chef was born, George Lam’s soundtrack to 1980 film Disco Bumpkins proved influential for Cheng.

12 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Despite being released before the chef was born, George Lam’s soundtrack to 1980 film Disco Bumpkins proved influential for Cheng.

Chef Vicky Cheng of Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant Vea shares how Canto-pop record changed his life
Breakout queen of Mongolian hip hop Mrs M on rapping in English and touring overseas

Ulan Bator is the hub of Mongolia’s vibrant hip hop scene and Mrs M is leading the charge. Her first single in English comes out this month and she is starting to tour overseas.

5 May 2019 - 2:15PM

Ulan Bator is the hub of Mongolia’s vibrant hip hop scene and Mrs M is leading the charge. Her first single in English comes out this month and she is starting to tour overseas.

Breakout queen of Mongolian hip hop Mrs M on rapping in English and touring overseas
How Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea inspired Hong Kong trio to open a bar

James Tamang, a co-owner of The Old Man and The Sea bars in Hong Kong, says he felt a connection with the American novelist’s most famous book.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:47PM

James Tamang, a co-owner of The Old Man and The Sea bars in Hong Kong, says he felt a connection with the American novelist’s most famous book.

How Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea inspired Hong Kong trio to open a bar
Former policeman tells a rollicking tale of the Hong Kong force, and of the city itself