Sixties Starlets Inspire a Retro Fashion Revival in Hong Kong

Old Hong Kong meets new as vintage glamour takes a spin on the city's vibrant streets



A moment of quiet reflection amid the hustle and bustle of the city beckons at Hollywood Road Park in Sheung Wan. Here, traditional Chinese pavilions cast shade over a pond filled with golden carp and turtles.

Kowtow jacket $329 and trousers $269. Kate Sylvester scarf $129. Safsafu earrings, about $280, from Lane Crawford.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


A radical twist is given to an otherwise classic silhouette — this Prada coat and matching skirt is made for stopping traffic.

Prada sweater $1585, jacket $2750, skirt $2750 Kathryn Wilson mules $279. Vintage pearl necklace, $69, from Homage Online. Marco Bicego 18k gold ball necklace, $3080, from Orsini Fine Jewellery.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


Ladies who dim sum: A matching suit worn with pearls and sling-back heels is how the well-groomed Hong Kong set do brunch.

Jojo Ross jacket $595, top $320, and shorts $330. Mi Piaci heels $180. Vintage pearl earrings $149 and necklace, $149, from Homage Online.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


Hit the lively streets of Sham Shui Po and pick up a bargain. The area is a treasure trove of textiles, technology, street food and more. Throw on a lightweight coat by local designer Anais Jourden, about $1113, and prepare for a sensory overload.

Camilla & Marc shirt $480. Adam Selman x Le Specs sunglasses $129. Vintage pearl earrings, $149, from Homage Online.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


Associated with good luck and fortune, the colour red is a significant part of Chinese culture. A Twenty-Seven Names jacket, $520, with matching culottes, $280, is a surefire way to turn heads while out seeing the sights.

Prada sunglasses, $660, from Sunglass Hut. Merchant 1948 heels $210.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


Tucked down an alleyway is Ta Hei Cha Don, a breakfast bar where locals order a refreshing glass of ice cold milk tea or a bowl of noodle soup made with love.

Silk top, about $240, from G.O.D (Goods of Desire). Self Portrait trousers, about $465 and Safsafu earrings, about $280, from Lane Crawford.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


Don your glad rags for a night out in Hong Kong — a city synonymous with bright lights and impeccable hospitality.

Gestuz wrap dress $500. Kate Sylvester sash (worn as belt) $129. Vintage gold pendant $149 and chain necklace $149, from Homage Online.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.


A modern update on the traditional Cheongsam, this G.O.D (Goods of Desire) number, about $164, is a colourful addition to Hong Kong’s vibrant streetlife.

Safsafu earrings, about $280, from Lane Crawford. 9ct gold Akoya pearl necklace, $3290, from Walker & Hall.

Photo / Rebecca Zephyr Thomas.

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