Vivian Chen

Location icon Hong Kong

Born in Shanghai, based in Hong Kong. I've been features writer and editor for English newspaper and magazine since 2006. I cover luxury lifestyle topics from watches to fashion, jewellery, film, culture and more.

Portfolio

Business of Luxury

South China Morning Post
10/06/2016
Instant satisfaction: see-now-buy-now trend is changing the face of the fashion industry

The morning after Burberry's straight-to-consumer debut, its London flagship store on Regent Street was bustling with enthusiastic customers trying on the latest September collection fresh off the runway - some even left the shop sporting their trophy buys right away. ​ "Customer behaviour has changed so dramatically," says Christopher Bailey, Burberry's chief creative officer and CEO.

South China Morning Post
09/01/2016
Couture receives injection of vitality and 'street cred'

From the appearance of teenager Willow Smith in the front row at Chanel's show to Elie Saab's unveiling of matching mother-daughter gowns at July's Paris Haute Couture Week, it seems the prestigious couture trade is responding in full to the rising interest it is receiving from a dynamic new generation of customers, and is keeping its modernisation in tune with the fast-changing fashion realm.

South China Morning Post
10/08/2015
Lane Crawford and other high-end stores are getting personal in their battle against online...

The rising popularity of high-end e-tailers such as the newly merged Net-A-Porter and Yoox has sparked a transformation among institutional luxury retailers. With the convenience, discretion and competitive pricing of online shopping drawing affluent customers away from brick-and-mortar stores, traditional multibrand retailers are reinventing themselves with personalised services and creative retail concepts to maintain their appeal.

South China Morning Post
09/03/2015
Subtle luxury is the new trend in watchmaking

Grand feu is almost a lost art in luxury watchmaking. The delicate technique that heats layers of enamelling powder in an oven at temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Celsius to achieve a subtle patina is extremely costly and time-consuming. Yet, to untrained eyes, the discreet decorative effect could easily be overlooked compared to otherwise lavishly decorated skeletonised or diamond-paved dials.

STYLE Magazine, South China Morning Post
12/18/2014
China's private jet market expands

From the clients' favourite bottle of Château Mouton Rothschild to their children's beloved blankets, Jenny Lau makes sure the private jet owners on her watch have all their needs met. The in-flight butler duties are only a small part of the services Lau and her team at Sino Jet Management - the private jet management firm she founded in 2008 - provide.

LUXURY CEO

South China Morning Post
03/05/2015
Valentino expands its global network

Stefano Sassi, CEO of Valentino, says the lifestyle company is focusing on an aggressive global expansion strategy By Vivian Chen Q. Why has Valentino been very aggressive in store expansion lately? A. We are super aggressive in building our own network.

South China Morning Post
04/07/2016
Andrew Keith, president of JOYCE and Lane Crawford, aims to provide customers with a perfect...

A. JOYCE has always been about celebrating the art of fashion with its strong point of view and we have continued to stay true to this commitment. In delivering that, we have curated the best brands globally and launched talented designers through our multibrand boutiques and - through our distribution business - we have built a platform for emerging brands to grow in Greater China.

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Loewe CEO Lisa Montague believes in pushing boundaries

Q: How important is heritage and legacy for Loewe? A: It is really important. I always think of it as a foundation for us to look [ahead] ... we have the authenticity of that heritage. We can take the expertise and draw from it.

Multimedia Digital Package

South China Morning Post
Tried and Tested: Gucci's Dionysus Python top handle bag

Gucci's ready-to-wear and accessories have been on a hit streak ever since Alessandro Michele took over as creative director. We took a peek inside the bag-to-end-all-bags to get a closer look at its exotic skin and iconic details.

Fashion

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Oscar de la Renta's passion for fashion

Despite his many accolades and awards, designer Oscar de la Renta had no plans to step down. In fact, he was experiencing the best time of his life. "My work is a celebration of a woman's beauty and femininity," said de la Renta, who died today.

South China Morning Post
05/07/2015
Designer Mary Katrantzou switches from her famous digital prints to other styles

Mary Katrantzou is full of surprises. The Greek-born, London-based designer made her name with whimsical digital prints that are worn by A-listers and hang in the world's most exclusive boutiques. Last year, the rising star brought her two-dimensional prints to life via intricate embellishments, beading, crocheting and embroidery.

COVER STORY

South China Morning Post
12/12/2013
Roles of fame: Gong Li returns for new movie

Like the many rooms she has entered, Gong Li owns this one the moment she walks into the suite at The Peninsula Hong Kong. Arriving for our interview, the beauty flaunts her femme-fatale physique in a sleek ensemble of monochrome pant suit, leaving us smitten with her megawatt beam.

STYLE Magazine, South China Morning Post
Christian Louboutin launches nail polish and shoes collection

Depending on who you ask, Christian Louboutin's receptionist could have the most or least coveted job. The receptionist should expect the unexpected, especially when it come to deliveries. These could range from Moroccan wooden doors to Egyptian wall panels and, on a good day, a full-grown cougar specimen that's proudly on display in Louboutin's Parisian apartment.

Watches and Jewellery

South China Morning Post
09/22/2016
On Her Watch: Why you should buy a mechanical watch

A different take on luxury timepieces - from a female connoisseur's perspective By Vivian Chen Watchmaking to me is, above all, romantic. Just the thought of a timekeeper being passed on to the generations to come is a love letter for the future.

South China Morning Post
Renowned independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour saw his big break in Asia

Back in 1992, Philippe Dufour had yet to make a name for himself, despite his groundbreaking innovations for heritage watch maisons such as Audemars Piguet and Jaeger LeCoultre. Dufour's Grande Sonnerie minute-repeater wristwatch - a world's first which took him 36 months to finish - didn't get any orders after its Baselworld debut until he came across an Asian dealer who offered to show the piece in Singapore.

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12/18/2014
Independent watchmakers are all the rage among watch collectors

The world of independent watchmakers is a far cry from mainstream manufacturers. Independent watchmakers create timepieces from scratch - hand-polishing them with simple tools, such as files and screwdrivers, with an annual output of as few as 30 pieces.

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Restoring classics in watches and jewellery to new heights of luxury

There was a man determined to withstand the shockwaves emanating from the quartz revolution during the 1970s. Nonetheless, it was no easy task to ensure the survival of the delicate craft of creating mechanical watches during this tumultuous period in watchmaking. Not even for Michel Parmigiani, who founded his atelier during the maelstrom of the revolution.

Art and Culture

South China Morning Post
11/05/2015
Award-winning actress Zhao Wei to focus on film directing and new wine business

Occupation: Actress, film director, entrepreneur Defining Moment: Zhao's role in the 1998 costume drama My Fair Princess became her career breakthrough. Her portrayal of the innocent Xiaoyanzi character being dragged into a rags-to-riches love story set in the 18th-century Qing dynasty earned her fame overnight.

South China Morning Post
Luxury brands are setting up their own museums to preserve heritage and honour arts

On the opening night of Expo Milano, Ermenegildo Zegna's headquarters rolled out the canvas for a visual feast prepared by British artist duo Lucy + Jorge Orta. The Italian luxury menswear maison's modern glass-and-steel office - in the heart of Milan's up-and-coming neighbourhood Via Tortona frequented by the creative set - was transformed into a crucial element of the night's performance, titled "Symphony for Absent Wildlife".

South China Morning Post
Artist Zeng Fanzhi portrays life amid a drastically changing China

Like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and other great contemporary painters of our time, Zeng Fanzhi is an artist whose working process can almost be compared with performance art. Catch the maestro in action, and you'll find him going all-out while he paints.

In Chinese

Nanzaozhinan
腕表品牌高珀富斯在传统和创新之间寻求平衡

(高珀富斯的总部展现了传统和创新的品牌理念。) 公司最新推出的产品是24秒陀飞轮腕表,体现了两者的协同作用。设计腕表时频繁使用3D列印科技,以确保佩戴者感觉舒适。腕表底盖上配有水晶圆顶,24秒陀飞轮就藏于其中。然而,表盘却运用了一种几乎失传的工艺,这种工艺耗时巨大且很难实现。时间数字被直接雕刻在表盘上,然后在镀钯上涂瓷釉烘烤。 ...

Nanzaozhinan
11/01/2015
对话兰博基尼CEO:奢侈源自专享、历史、无暇高品

意大利著名跑车公司兰博基尼(Lamborghini)主席兼首席执行官史蒂芬.温科尔曼(Stephan Winkelmann)大量投资于研发,以生产最完美跑车,并维持品牌专属地位。 问:兰博基尼2013年庆祝成立50周年。半世纪以来,这个品牌为人津津乐道的精髓何在?期间有什么演变? 答:当费鲁齐欧.兰博基尼(Ferruccio ...

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