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Myolie was in Singapore when Nuyou mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Ter­ence Lee asked her if she’d like to be this is­sue’s cover girl. Of course, she said yes. How­ever, un­like many other Hong Kong celebs, who sim­ply can­not get around with­out a posse of as­sis­tants, Myolie showed up at our stu­dio promptly at 10am with just her per­sonal as­sis­tant, and two suit­cases of beau­ti­ful wed­ding and evening gowns – in­clud­ing the ones in these pages – from Kevolie, the bridal sa­lon she co-owns with Hong Kong stylist Kev Yiu. Up close, Myolie looked younger than her 36 years. Her skin, sans makeup, was lu­mi­nous and prac­ti­cally flaw­less. Her lus­cious pout, also bare, was pil­lowy. Known for her youth­ful mien and bub­bly per­son­al­ity, the award-win­ning ac­tress is also well known for many no­table dra­mas and movies, like Tri­umph In The Skies, Ghetto Jus­tice and Curse Of The Royal Harem. After the shoot, Myolie gra­ciously an­swered all our ques­tions – and we had lots!

What does love mean to you?

Love is very pow­er­ful. It makes ev­ery­thing okay. If there are any prob­lems that can’t be worked out, love will turn the tide and pull you through. Love also means com­pro­mis­ing and sac­ri­fic­ing. It can give you courage to do things you never thought you’d ever do.

How did you know Philip was the one for you?

It wasn’t love at first sight, but I knew he was my type the mo­ment we met. For a re­la­tion­ship to blos­som, you have to get to know each other bet­ter, and there needs to be chem­istry be­tween you. After our first meet­ing, we stayed in touch by chat­ting reg­u­larly as well as ex­chang­ing What­sapp mes­sages to un­der­stand each other’s val­ues, how we wanted to live our lives, and what we en­vis­aged for a fu­ture to­gether. Ev­ery­thing fell into place per­fectly – and pretty fast.

What do you love about Phillip?

Ev­ery­thing! We’re just so com­pat­i­ble. We also share strong val­ues when it comes to fam­ily ties and money – very im­por­tant is­sues for mar­ried couples.

Did you have the wed­ding of your dreams?

I’d al­ways pic­tured my­self get­ting mar­ried out­doors, with a big white tent and lots of green­ery. That’s usu­ally pretty hard to do in Hong Kong, but Philip and I found the per­fect spot – at the Beas River Coun­try Club. For the day, we agreed on a sim­ple theme of pas­tel and white flow­ers. For the evening ban­quet at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, we had a red theme that was glam­orous and dra­matic.

How long did it take to plan?

We booked the venue six months ahead of time and then sat down to ar­range and con­firm ev­ery­thing else two months be­fore the big day. Philip and I made a lot of de­ci­sions to­gether be­cause shar­ing our union with fam­ily and guests was more im­por­tant than how our cel­e­bra­tion would look. Of course, we were lucky to have friends from the cre­ative in­dus­try, who helped with the dec­o­ra­tions and other nitty-gritty things. Kev Yiu, my friend and de­signer for Kevolie, did my gowns and the brides­maids’ dresses.

What were the days lead­ing up to your wed­ding like?

Two nights be­fore the wed­ding, I couldn’t sleep at all. Thank good­ness it didn’t show. On the day it­self, I was up for makeup by 5am. We had the gate­crash­ing at home later that morn­ing. The solem­ni­sa­tion cer­e­mony in the af­ter­noon was fol­lowed by the ban­quet, and our after-party went on till 4am. Of course, ev­ery­thing went re­ally well. If any­thing did go awry, no one said a word to me or Philip. I’m truly grate­ful to our friends and fam­ily who helped pull ev­ery­thing to­gether. We were even lucky with the weather. The fore­cast said rain, but the sun was shin­ing down on our solem­ni­sa­tion.

Many brides say their wed­ding went by in a blur. Was this true for you?

Not at all! Al­though it went by quickly, be­cause we had a re­ally packed sched­ule, I re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing else but the food dur­ing the day as I didn’t get to see or taste any­thing. After the cer­e­mony, I was busy tak­ing pic­tures with all our guests. By the time we were done, there was noth­ing left! At the ban­quet, I was busy tak­ing pic­tures as well, and didn’t even get to see the re­cep­tion area or what the decor looked like. I only ate two of the 10 dishes.

What were your dresses like?

I wore the qun kua to pay re­spects to both our par­ents and el­ders at the tea cer­e­mony, which was beau­ti­ful and very emo­tional. As for my wed­ding dress, Kev and I de­signed it to­gether. I like long-sleeved dresses and mer­maid sil­hou­ettes, so it re­flected both el­e­ments. As I also like a vin­tage feel, we added a high col­lar made of French lace, too.

What in­spired you to open Kevolie?

I’ve al­ways liked fash­ion and have been styling my own out­fits for quite a while. And I’ve also al­ways wanted to own a busi­ness. I met Kev a few years ago, after I had worn a cou­ple of his de­signs. When I was in­vited to at­tend the 2011 Venice Film Fes­ti­val Awards, he made a beige-pink, low-cut mini dress with a floor-length lace over­lay, and I loved it be­cause it made me feel young and beau­ti­ful. At the time, Kev didn’t have any tai­lors work­ing for him. He de­signed, hand-stitched the dress and did all the bead­ing. After see­ing this, other celebri­ties asked him to de­sign out­fits for their con­certs and videos, and I was re­ally happy for him be­cause I’ve al­ways ad­mired his ded­i­ca­tion. He wasn’t earn­ing a lot, but he was faith­ful to his pas­sion. Ear­lier last year, he told me an in­vestor wanted to start a brand with him, and sug­gested pulling in a celebrity to boost it. Kev thought of me straight­away as he’s al­ways con­sid­ered me his muse. I had doubts at first as I didn’t want to start any­thing that would fail be­cause of my in­ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness. Of course, I fi­nally said yes and promised my­self to work hard; I didn’t want to be a sleep­ing part­ner. I’ve learnt a lot since our grand open­ing in Au­gust 2015, from brand build­ing to mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tions. We’re also grow­ing as more peo­ple are recog­nis­ing our dresses. And I’m al­ways happy to wear Kev’s dresses when I travel be­cause I be­lieve in his de­signs and the blood, sweat and time he puts into each one. Our dresses can’t be found else­where. I have faith in Kevolie.

Does Kevolie have a sig­na­ture style or look?

We don’t have just one as we see our­selves as a for­ward-think­ing brand. We’re very strong in bead­work, es­pe­cially with crys­tals, and ver­sa­til­ity. If a bride says she wants a puffy, princess style for the bot­tom half of her dress, or a low- cut bodice, or some­thing vin­tage, Kev will make it hap­pen.

What is Hong Kong’s bridal sa­lon scene like now?

It is very com­pet­i­tive. There are many choices, both af­ford­able and high­end. Hong Kongers are used to hav­ing ac­cess to dif­fer­ent op­tions, so some sa­lons pack­age pre-wed­ding trips as part of their ser­vices. It’s not easy, but we haven’t gone in that di­rec­tion as we be­lieve that as long as we make qual­ity dresses, we’ll have cus­tomers.

Do you of­fer any other ser­vices?

Be­sides dresses that are cus­tom-made by Kev him­self, as well as made-to­order dresses from ex­ist­ing de­signs, we do dress rental.

Do you have plans to ex­pand?

We are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond sa­lon in Bei­jing, China. It’s all down to the lo­ca­tion, and we will need to find ex­pe­ri­enced tai­lors as our dresses are all hand­crafted.

Any projects com­ing up?

We did our Fall/Win­ter 2016 show in June; the dresses I wore to­day are from that col­lec­tion. Kev’s in­spi­ra­tion was the 1920s, when women were dressed all the time, whether they had money or not. We used a lot of bold colours for this col­lec­tion that in­cludes gloves, hats and more. Our mes­sage to brides: that they can be bold, that they can try strik­ing colours for a change, and that they can be dif­fer­ent.

One for the books! Myolie takes a selfie with the gor­geous canopy after the wed­ding cer­e­mony at the Beas River Coun­try Club. The cou­ple at their tra­di­tional Chi­nese wed­ding cer­e­mony at Phillip’s Hakka an­ces­tral vil­lage at Sha Tau Kok.

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