Monochrome Magic

Dur­ing our cover shoot, Cindy Chao de­liv­ered a les­son on the sub­ject of stand­ing out

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

alk­ing onto the set of our cover shoot with Cindy Chao was like be­ing at a de­signer sale—lots of peo­ple and so many de­light­ful racks of dresses and footwear: Ver­sace, Dior, Tom Ford, Hel­mut Lang, Chris­tian Louboutin... Cindy ar­rived on lo­ca­tion, a scenic up­per floor of Cal­i­for­nia Tower in Lan Kwai Fong, armed with her own out­fits to add to Fash­ion Editor Justine Lee’s picks, in­clud­ing cou­ture pieces by Stéphane Rol­land spe­cially flown in from Paris, run­way looks from Dior and Cindy’s favourite suits from Ford and Lang.

Ever since she started de­sign­ing jew­ellery in 2004, Cindy’s style has grav­i­tated to­wards monochro­matic, and you un­der­stand why she’s de­vel­oped this affin­ity for black and white when you see the photos from our shoot; her jew­ellery re­ally stands out.

The de­signer, known for her ex­quis­ite jew­elled but­ter­flies, says emer­alds are her favourite stone, and she loves the colours of the sea. But these pref­er­ences haven’t stopped her from work­ing with a mul­ti­tude of hues. Her Bal­le­rina But­ter­fly brooch, code­signed with ac­tress friend Sarah Jes­sica Parker, is set with more than 4,500 fancy coloured di­a­monds. “I’ve al­ways thought of Cindy’s jew­ellery de­signs as true works of art,” says Sarah, who first met Cindy in 2011. “They’re ex­tra­or­di­nary pieces that cap­ture the eye and the imag­i­na­tion.”

With show­rooms in Bei­jing, Taipei and Hong Kong, Cindy is con­stantly on the move. But de­spite her busy sched­ule, the mother of one re­mem­bered to send the Tatler team not one, but three enor­mous boxes of scrump­tious Pierre Hermé mac­arons and a hand­writ­ten note of thanks af­ter the shoot. Very sweet of you, Cindy!

Turn to page 246 for the full story.

IN THE MOOD Cindy looks sharp on the cover in a Ver­sace jacket and the Ama­zona Colom­bia emer­ald neck­lace by Cindy Chao, and (right) her own leather trousers by Hel­mut Lang and heels by Giuseppe Zan­otti. Be­low: Cindy and Sarah Jes­sica Parker, who is wear­ing the Bal­le­rina But­ter­fly brooch they de­signed to­gether

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