1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you grew up.
I was born in HK but left for UK boarding school when I was young then ended up living in London for most of my life. After boarding school I took a year out to live in Paris then went to Chelsea College of Art in London to study a Foundation course then 3 years later I graduated with a 1st Class Degree Honour in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins Art College.
2. How did you get started as a stylist in the fashion industry?
During my time at CSM I met the Founder/Creative Director Mr Terry Jones of i-D magazine. After I finished my degree he took me into the i-D family as an editorial/fashion assistant. I assisted the Fashion Director Mr Edward Enninful for a couple of years. He is my mentor and taught me lots about the international fashion scene. We worked with all the elite talents. Photographers such as Mario Testino, Craig McDean, Paolo Roversi, Steven Klein. Supermodels such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bundchen. We also worked on Jil Sander & Anna Molinari fashion shows in Milan. We did Editorial shoots for VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Japan, L’uomo VOGUE, V Magazine & i-D of course. Then one vacation in Hong Kong I got recruited to help launch VOGUE CHINA as their Senior Fashion Style Editor so I left London and never looked back. This was almost 10 years ago, how time has flown by.
3. What is the most memorable moment or moments of your career so far?
It has to be meeting my fashion & beauty photographer husband Jason Capobianco at the VOGUE China HK office. Being a big Formula One fan when I interviewed F1 Champion Fernando Alonso and met the renowned F1 commentator Martin Brundle in Shanghai during F1 race weekend it was too wicked indeed.
4. What is the biggest misconception people have about your job?
People think working in fashion is a very glamorous job and part of it is true but there are lots of tedious tasks we also have to do as well. Sometimes we work for very long hours especially if one is shooting a TV commercial or shooting an editorial, but at least it’s a very fun & creative line of work.
5. Do the clothing choices you make at work influence your personal style?
I am not a hardcore label person anyway. I love designer clothes, as they are well designed and well made, but I also love style challenges by mixing street wear with designer gear. I also love vintage clothes but you cannot buy them easily in HK.
6. What’s the best style advice you’ve received?
In order to look fierce you must be comfortable too.
7. As a working mum, how do you find time in your busy schedule to balance work and family?
I was working at VOGUE China for almost 10 years but after having my son BBT aka Theo I switched to freelance but still contributing for VOGUE. I want to spend more time with BBT. The best thing about freelancing is that you design your own timetable. I also have an amazing and very hands-on husband to help. I am a super organized person so it’s quite easy to split my time between work and family.
8. Can you tell us about your career before and after you had a child? Was it difficult getting back into your regular working routine after having a child?
Before I had BBT my life was very free and I definitely went out more often. I was able to travel whenever and wherever. Post BBT life is very scheduled and disciplined. I didn’t find it difficult to get back to work after my maternity leave but of course I miss BBT when I am at work. As a typical mom, of course I worry about him when I am not around. Now that he’s 21 months, things are much easier.
9. Has having a child changed your outlook on your career?
I am a very practical & realistic person. Even when I was at i-D, I always knew my job wasn’t everything but at the same time we all have to earn a living. I love my job & I am very good at it, but I am not the intense workaholic type. I have hobbies & I always make sure I have a very balanced life between work & family.
10. What are some of your favourite places to hang out with your family during the days you don’t have to work?
We love the Happy Valley racetrack and our local park so BBT can run around and burn some energy. We also enjoy going to the beach in the summer, as Jason and I are both freelancers therefore we can do fun things during weekdays which is great.
11. When you are not working where are some of your favourite family restaurants to eat with your family in Hong Kong?
We live in Happy Valley and we often go to our local Classified as it’s a very kid-friendly place. We also like going to the Jockey Club Clubhouse as it has a kids playroom & yummy food. For early morning breakfast or teatime we love Petite Café at Pacific Place as it has an outdoor area for kids to run around. Muji Café is always a good & easy no fuss spot too.
12. Do you have any tips for other mothers that are in the same industry as you?
Don’t get too sucked into the whole ‘fashion is everything’ mindset. Don’t put too much pressure on oneself as working moms as no one is perfect so we must enjoy what we do & play hard & love hard.
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