Fashion

As part of an experiment, sustainability activist Tanja Wessels decided to not buy any new clothes for a year. She hasn’t bought any in four. Photo: Alex Macro
One woman’s life-changing decision to stop buying new clothes

Environmental activist Tanja Wessels has only bought second-hand clothes for four years. It’s an experiment that has opened her eyes to how we can all consume fashion more sustainably.

14 Jan 2022 - 7:34AM
Frederieke Van Doorn, the founder of Frey.
‘Most suits here are glued together’: newcomer on Hong Kong tailoring

Frederieke van Doorn, the Dutch founder of Frey, and designer Yulia Tlili tell Sian Powell what makes the women’s workwear brand stand out from the crowd.

18 Nov 2021 - 10:39AM
Cheung Ka-Long in Dior Men
Profile | Golden boy: Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung on his road to Olympic glory

Hong Kong Olympic gold medal-winning fencer Edgar Cheung looks back on his journey to the pinnacle of his sport, and confesses he still feels an introvert as he gets used to public appearances.

5 Nov 2021 - 7:32AM
A farmer works with silkworm cocoons in a silkworm farm in Xingyi, in southwest China’s Guizhou province. Photo: Getty Images
How silk is made, its history in China and farmers’ odd figure of worship

Author Victoria Finlay traces the fascinating origins of China’s silk industry, from moth larvae to an ancient emperor’s new clothes, in this edited excerpt from her latest book.

31 Oct 2021 - 10:15AM
Drag queen Coco Pop at her home in Hong Kong. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Profile | Hong Kong drag queen Coco Pop on climbing the cross-dressing ladder

The ‘drag grandmother’ talks about her love of Anita Mui, working for House of Siren and how she uses her platform to help educate children and adults alike.

24 Oct 2021 - 1:15PM
A race participant at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August 2021. Photo: Rolex/Stephan Cooper
Rolex support for classic car events continues its motor sport ties

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering are among the world’s most remarkable motoring events.

15 Oct 2021 - 6:40PM
Hong Kong-based British fashion designer Jason Mui, co-founder of label Yat Pit. Photo: Jason Mui
How The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying changed fashion designer Jason Mui’s life

Life, death, karma and compassion are the themes of the book by lama Sogyal Rinpoche, and reading it helped Mui deal with the death of two of his grandparents.

29 Sep 2021 - 6:45PM
A woman wears a flat, fringed Hakka farmer’s hat. Practicality trumped fashion when it came to choosing hats in Hong Kong,  until the advent of the baseball cap, adopted to mimic Japanese who wore them to appear American. Photo: Getty Images
Then & Now | When hats were a linguistic marker, and fedoras were worn with cheongsam

Hats were usually chosen for practical reasons in Hong Kong – take the ones sedan chair bearers wore, their pattern indicating the dialect they spoke.

27 Sep 2021 - 9:15AM
Brightly coloured looks from the Valentino autumn/winter 2021 couture collection.
Ditch your pandemic neutrals: colour is fashionable again

This season’s fashion collections from Valentino, Versace, Jacquemus and others are full of vivid colours and saturated hues as we emerge from lockdown and can finally dress for an occasion.

27 Sep 2021 - 2:30AM
Rosmah Mansor (centre), wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, leaves the Kuala Lumpur High Court on April 10, 2019 where she faced corruption charges in relation to misappropriation with regards to a solar panel project for rural schools in Sarawak. Photo: EPA-EFE
My brush with former Malaysian first lady’s spectacular shopping sprees

When a writer blogged about Rosmah Mansor buying 61 custom-altered garments from a Sydney-based designer, little did she know the backlash she would cause.

27 Sep 2021 - 9:49AM
LeBron James in an ill-fitting baggy suit in 2003 (above, left) and in Thom Browne in 2018 as he arrives for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first game in the NBA Finals. Photos: Chris Polk/FilmMagic and Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images
From baggy suit to Thom Browne, LeBron shows athletes’ fashion evolution

Today, sportsmen such as LeBron James, Neymar and Lewis Hamilton are as likely as musicians and actors to be fashion influencers.

26 Sep 2021 - 5:15AM
Make-up is not a frivolous matter, Rae Nudson writes.
Review | The meaning of make-up and why appearances really do matter

Author Rae Nudson dispels the notion that cosmetics are dispensable in her deep dive into beauty culture.

25 Sep 2021 - 7:15PM
We talk to Grace Wales Bonner, a mixed-race British designer loved by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: Jamie Morgan
Designer Grace Wales Bonner started in menswear, then Meghan wore her

The London-born designer, who won the LVMH Prize two years after launching her eponymous label, says of her collections: ‘I always try to bring some elegance to what I create.’

25 Sep 2021 - 4:15PM
Vivienne Tam and Jill Biden at a luncheon honouring Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US State Department in 2015.
Profile | Vivienne Tam on growing up poor in Hong Kong and dressing Jill Biden

The Chinese-American fashion designer talks about watching her mother sew in their tiny Shek Kip Mei flat, and the ‘great honour’ of picking outfits for US first lady Biden.

4 Oct 2021 - 2:48PM
Kylie Jenner, the founder of Kylie Cosmetics.
Opinion | How social media messed up make-up for the masses

From Instagram make-up to beauty hacks that are excessive at best, to endless celebrity and influencer product launches, social media has a lot to answer for.

27 Sep 2021 - 4:28PM
Four De Beers diamonds in different shapes from a 129.71ct rough diamond mined in Botswana. The 1888 Master Diamonds collection is made up of 19 stunning stones.
POST EDIT: De Beers 1888 Master Diamonds collection explores art and beauty

De Beers’ 1888 Master Diamonds collection, now in Hong Kong, is made up of 19 stunning stones, ranging in size from five to more than 26 carats, for which illustrator Cecilia Carlstedt has created bespoke artwork.

23 Sep 2021 - 1:20PM
In 2007, Nikki Lee Hyuna was one of the first in South Korea to jump into the world of e-commerce. Today, she’s the founder of Hong Kong fashion brand TAV. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Timeless K-fashion is the goal of TAV’s Korean designer, Nikki Lee

As a student in 2007, Nikki Lee Hyuna was one of the first in South Korea to jump into the world of e-commerce. Today, she’s the creative director and designer behind Hong Kong fashion brand TAV.

28 Sep 2021 - 11:25AM
Popular Chinese beauty blogger Austin Li Jiaqi has make-up applied as he prepares for a livestream.Photo: VCG via Getty Images
Reflections | Far from being ‘sissies’, Chinese men who wore make-up were admired

Often celebrities of their time, Chinese men throughout history have used make-up to achieve a fair complexion, though only the privileged could afford to.

23 Sep 2021 - 8:45AM
Miru Wong Ka Lam holds weekly workshops in Hong Kong for those keen to learn the vanishing art of Cantonese embroidery for shoes. Photo: SCMP/Xiaomei Chen
A Hongkonger keeps the dying art of hand-embroidered shoes alive

Miru Wong holds weekly workshops in Hong Kong for those keen to learn the vanishing art of Cantonese embroidery for shoes.

21 Sep 2021 - 11:14AM
Thieves stole millions of dollars worth of diamonds from an office safe in Hong Kong in 1971. Photo: Shutterstock
The day Hong Kong safe crackers stole diamonds worth millions

Safe crackers stole a large haul of diamonds from an office used by the Israeli consulate in Central Hong Kong in August 1971. A large reward was offered, but the gems were never recovered.

31 Aug 2021 - 10:38AM