70-year-old fashion designer Vera Wang recently made waves on social media for her fabulous staying-at-home photos, most of which reveal her chic style and ridiculously fit figure. Asked in the comments section what her routine was, Wang replied: “Work, sleep, a vodka cocktail, not much sun.” Instantly everyone’s new lifestyle icon, we examine just how the accomplished designer lives out her mantra. She’s taken career detours at least twice in her life Two rejections led Wang to the career path meant for her. While in school, Wang trained to become a figure skater yet she failed to qualify for the Olympic team. She then decided to pursue fashion and straight out of college, acquired a position at Vogue in 1971. A year later, Wang was promoted to become fashion editor – the youngest ever in the magazine’s history. “She was inspiring, her energy, her caring, never complaining, which was really how she was brought up,” then Vogue editor-in-charge Polly Allen Mellen told Harper’s Bazaar . “She was a pleasure, and she skyrocketed.” Fashion diplomacy: What does Ivanka Trump’s wardrobe really say? Passed up for the editor-in-chief role, Wang quit the magazine and joined Ralph Lauren, where she worked for two years, before leaving to start her own brand. In 1989, Wang was planning for her wedding and realised none of the dresses available suited her style. She ended up hiring a dressmaker to execute her own design – inadvertently launching her bridal brand on her wedding day. Wang was born into a privileged family and grew up surrounded by fashion View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on May 10, 2020 at 7:08am PDT Born and raised in New York City to affluent Chinese parents, Wang’s fascination with the fashion world was due to the tutelage of her mother, who shopped at the Paris couture shows and adored Yves Saint Laurent. “Chic, creative, cultured” was how Wang described her late mother, as quoted in The New York Times . Wang also designed a luxury hotel suite View this post on Instagram A post shared by mia heuston pepin (@theskinnyonstyle) on Jan 17, 2019 at 1:46pm PST In 2004, Wang created a luxury suite for the Halekulani hotel and resort in Hawaii. The suite, which spans over 2,000 square meters, overlooks the beautiful Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. According to Travel Weekly , Wang oversaw every important detail, from the flower arrangements to crafting a silver chalice herself, which was meant for serving gourmet popcorn to guests. Disney launches designer Minnie Mouse ears with Heidi Klum She prefers her employees wear monochrome to work View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on Apr 13, 2020 at 9:28am PDT When she is not in her elegantly draped skirts, Wang is famously known for her monochrome, off-duty looks. She owns a thousand shirts in what she calls “Armani colours: You know, grey, black, navy,” Wang revealed in Harper’s Bazaar . How to pick your wedding dress: tips from designer Viola Chan As mentioned in The Wall Street Journal , Wang’s employees follow the designer’s monochrome palette, too. “A bit of colour in our environment can be distracting because we’re looking at so much and it’s sensory overload,” Wang explained. “We dress people who are in front of the camera, but we’re about being behind the camera.” And no, she’s not a fan of exercise View this post on Instagram A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on Mar 28, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT “I’m not a huge exercise person, but I love to play golf,” she shared with InStyle . On her Instagram, she talked about not being too fond of the treadmill, preferring to go cycling instead. Her diet is peppered with a healthy dose of indulgent food, from chips to sweets and a well-stocked pantry of snacks. Still, she tends to take things in moderation: “My favourite thing to eat for breakfast is an omelette with a little toast and maybe a slice – just one – of bacon.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter . Help us understand what you are interested in so that we can improve SCMP and provide a better experience for you. We would like to invite you to take this five-minute survey on how you engage with SCMP and the news.