The 12 with Lucia Tait Tolani
Lucia Tait Tolani is Hong Kong's own Marquess of Style . . .
With a portfolio that reads like a feature in September Vogue, Lucia is the personification of intelligence, grace and selflessness - thoughtfully all wrapped up in one chic, little package.
Wife to Vishal and mum to the very beautiful Taj, she is smart, engaging and inspires other woman to strive for excellence in everything they do.
Founder of Hong Kong's only by-invitation personal styling event service, Pair, Lucia draws on her 10+ years in the fashion and lifestyle industry to bring her clients the best.
I recently had the pleasure of styling Lucia's amazingly elegant home for ELLE DECOR, where I asked her THE 12 . . .
Right now, Home Kong
DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN THREE WORDS
Polished, simple and evolving
I'm always attracted to the drama and glamour of the original 'jet set' in their element - think Jackie O in Capri
WORDS TO LIVE BY
Coco Chanel is oft quoted, but a lesser known zinger is: 'I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all'. It was the 'you do you' of 100 years ago
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ASPECT OF PAIR
When a client sends me a picture of themselves wearing a piece we chose together, looking confident and happy
THREE PEOPLE YOU WANT AT YOUR DINNER PARTY (AND WHY)
People don't dress for dinner anymore. I'd go for opinionated bon vivants with outlandish wardrobes - the Marchesa Casati, Marie Antoinette, and the Dowager Countess of Downton
On a long night, a vodka-martini-up-with-olives-but-not-dirty, on a short night, an Aperol Spritz
FAVOURITE BOOK OR MOVIE
Anything pertaining to old world social values and/or satire - Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love, etc
THREE THINGS ALWAYS FOUND IN YOUR HANDBAG
NARS lipstick in Red Lizard or Cruising, a cashless wallet and my iPhone on vibrate
WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING, WE'LL FIND YOU . . .
Reading - either by myself in the bathtub with a stack of magazines or curled up with my baby boy and his storybooks
AND LASTLY, WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO IMPROVE THEIR PERSONAL STYLE
Forget trends and focus on fit. Once you've got the basics for your body down, you can start experimenting.
Styling by me, assisted by Rosie Lai, and photographed by Michael Jaune for the ELLE DECOR Yearbook (Hong Kong). All photos owned by SCMP.
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