Online stalking of Lucia Tait Tolani, which we encourage you to do, reveals the impeccable patina of effortless elegance that sticks to her jpegs in ways that cannot be taught: the bold lip, the fearless embrace of colour and patterns, the statement earrings, a well-heeled stiletto and that sheen of perfect hair. She’s the definitive yummy mummy who looks as glamorous in this role as she does when in her alter ego as an exclusive personal stylist.
“No, I don’t feel pressure to look fashionable,” she says, as we caffeinate at Pacific Place. “Anyone can do fashion for one outfit, one trend or one season, but style is something that takes experience, education, interest and experimentation. The only instances in which I feel disappointment in myself is when I just throw something on for lack of time or planning. I’m absolutely an advocate of ‘shopping your closet’, but if someone has gone to the trouble to put on an event and invite you, you should show your support by investing in your outfit – your mood will follow.”
She has her own company, a by-invitation-only personal styling service (pairhk.com) that caters to the crème de la crème of the crème de la femme. “My business model for Pair is to bring in designers, brands and retailers that aren’t regularly available in Hong Kong for private shopping events,” she explains. “To have some fun with fashion, meet the creatives involved and fall in love with a new way of dressing – without overpaying!” Having been in the industry for over a decade (she studied at Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology, worked in fashion and lifestyle publications, and had a stint in e-commerce [Vivre]), her sartorial selects are studied as much as they are in style. Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra and Dries van Noten are perennial favourites. ”Also a bit of Dolce and Ellery!”
What’s a tip for our glamorous readership? “You definitely don’t need to have a new ensemble for every event. I’ve found that many people in Hong Kong believe this totally made-up rule, which is completely wasteful! Play around with accessories and styling to freshen up your favourites – and my advice would be to try new designers and new talents.”