We caught up with her at Brunello Cucinelli’s show …
How do you like Milan’s fashion scene?
It’s another experience from my previous visits. I attended some fashion shows in the past, and the whole flow of the first-row seating is quite different. Here at Cucinelli, I feel like I’m part of a big family party, and I know how important heritage is for the brand. Brunello, his daughter Carolina and the whole team are so warm; it’s an entirely different story, and I like being here. Plus, the quality of the fabrics and the refinement of each garment are pleasing to one of my obsessions.
I pay lots of attention to details. As an actor, I observe everything and cannot overlook when something’s not impeccable.
Cucinelli is renowned for its superior cashmere. What’s your first memory of wearing such a unique fibre?
I was in middle or high school, and my mum gave me my first piece of cashmere. It was one of her cashmere jumpers, and I remember that feeling of softness that, unlike regular wool, was so soft I could wear it without any undershirt. Once you [wear] cashmere, you cannot go back.
What defines your personal style?
Have you got an everyday look?
I would say a simple blazer and a medium-length pencil or full skirt. Skirts are much more comfortable than pants to me. Of course, when you wear something for a special occasion, you feel empowered, walk and sit differently. You cannot just be in sweats every day.
What’s the best and the worst part of attending fashion weeks?
I’m a foodie, so I always make sure dinners are booked in my favourite restaurants in Milan, like Langosteria.
Now you live in New York. Is Hong Kong still in your heart?
These two cities have many similarities: the skyscrapers, the bustle and the same kind of energy. In New York, I walk a lot, I take the subway, and it’s easier because fewer people recognise me. Things improved in Hong Kong too, since the paparazzi stopped hanging around excessively like they used to. So when I get back, I love meeting [up with] people again.