Calm in a storm

On our cover shoot Fiona Kotur Marin was cool, creative and mag­nan­i­mous

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

um! The com­puter’s bro­ken! Mum! Where are my train­ers?” These hollers were fol­lowed by the thud of feet hurtling up the stairs as we were en­gaged on our cover shoot on the roof ter­race of Fiona Kotur Marin’s beau­ti­ful town­house. While un­flap­pably deal­ing with the de­mands of her four boys—just re­turned from school and busy­ing them­selves with an ar­ray of sports, com­puter games and snacks—fiona man­aged to pro­ject an air of calm ele­gance as she posed in the bak­ing heat of the ter­race.

Un­like her cam­era-shy dog Char­lie, Fiona was a nat­u­ral, re­spond­ing eas­ily to di­rec­tion. Ever the aes­thete, she ran off mid-shoot in a pale pink Chloé blouse to dig out some vin­tage di­a­mond ear­rings she knew would go per­fectly, and when she re­alised the Valentino dress (worn on the cover) matched bags she de­signed for her au­tumn-win­ter 2016 col­lec­tion, she sent for a se­lec­tion to be de­liv­ered from the of­fice. At lunchtime, amid field­ing calls from fam­ily and work, Fiona ate with the crew at her din­ing ta­ble and even served every­one home­made gaz­pa­cho.

Fiona was as com­fort­able pos­ing in Prada for our shoot as she was in sort­ing through sam­ples in dusty fac­to­ries in Shen­zhen. She’s pas­sion­ate about crafts­man­ship and de­ter­mined to avoid short cuts—a ded­i­ca­tion that com­bined with her abil­ity to mul­ti­task makes Fiona a de­signer with stay­ing power. We joined Fiona on a trip to Shen­zhen to see what goes into mak­ing a Kotur bag. Clue: It takes more than a prayer. For more see hk.asi­atatler.com

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