Arriving at a Sheung Wan café in an Alexander Wang ensemble and a Temperley London necklace, Charlotte Chen exudes off-duty cool. A Hong Kong native and girl-about-town, Chen loves hunting for antiques on Hollywood Road and being pampered at Ten Feet Tall. She offers us a peek inside her fashionable world.
A regular on the city’s fashion circuit (attending intimate dinners with Diego Della Valle and Romeo Gigli, among others), Charlotte Chen is also a fashion blogger, digital media guru and consultant on Chinese socialite Wan Bao Bao’s fine jewellery line.
Her influences? “I don’t really look to any modern person for style advice. If I had to name names, artist Frida Kahlo (for her eclecticism) and the legendary Diana Vreeland are the closest,” she tells us. Chen’s mother, the late Rowena U, who was the vice chairman of the Hong Kong Fashion Designers’ Association, also had a huge impact: “She was a very eccentric woman.”
From duck curry at Spices to junk boat rides – follow Charlotte Chen’s photo diary for inspiration for your next visit to Hong Kong. “Just remember to bring foldable carry-on luggage for the extra shopping you will do,” Chen reminds us.
SLEEP: The Upper House
“There’s a really cool library in the reception area, where you can sit behind the fireplace and sip an Earl Grey Martini from [the hotel’s] Café Gray Deluxe.”
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
EAT: Spices at Repulse Bay
“The menu hasn’t changed for 20 years. I still order the duck curry with lychee every time I go there.”
G/F, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay
INDULGE: Ten Feet Tall
“I love a good foot rub; this place is quite chic.”
20/f & 21/f,L place, 139 Queen's Road Central