Chinese multimedia artist Yi Zhou is a glamorous fixture in the international fashion and art scene. She shares with us her favourite hotels and fashion staples of the season.
TREASURED HOTEL OR RESORT
YZ: Waldorf Astoria Beijing. My studio is located in Shanghai, but I also have a few projects in Beijing. Whenever I travel to Beijing, I feel relaxed at this hotel.
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION
YZ: Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. When I was studying in Paris, I used to go to this hotel on the weekends. It’s not far from the city centre, and some of my happiest memories were made there together with my friends.
MY TRAVEL ATTIRE
YZ: Chanel is always my first choice. When I attended the FT Business of Luxury Summit 2014 in Mexico, I liked wearing Chanel while taking a walk in the shade under ancient trees on the street.
3 THINGS TO PACK
YZ: My Karl Lagerfeld bag is one of the things that I take with me everywhere I go. It is a gift from a good friend of mine.
MUST-HAVE ITEM OF THE SEASON
YZ: A Bulgari bag. I often bring a blue Bulgari bag with me this season.
FAVOURITE SPA FOR SOME ‘ME’ TIME
YZ: Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund. This hotel is located on the bund right next to the Huangpu River. It’s a historic building with an amazing view.
MY SIGNATURE SCENT
YZ: Chanel N°5.
MY BEAUTY TIP
YZ: I go to the gym and spa often to balance an intense urban life. As for beauty, Chanel lip gloss is my secret weapon to always look fresh and glossy.
MY TOP PLACE TO DINE
YZ: Now I am based in Shanghai, China; but as I grew up in Rome, I occasionally miss the good times dining at the Rome Cavalieri.
FOOD I CRAVE
YZ: Hong Kong dim sum. A strange city no longer feels strange when I find a good dim sum restaurant.
ON MY IPOD
YZ: 30 Seconds to Mars is one of my favourite bands. I listen to them everywhere I go.
SOMETHING I CAN’T STOP WATCHING
YZ: The Age of Innocence.
THE BOOK ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE
YZ: I like to read How to Architect before I go to bed.
SOMETHING I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
YZ: My iPhone.
THE MEANING OF LUXURY
YZ: Personalised luxury. Having something tailor-made for you means there won’t be another item that is exactly the same in the world, and nothing else will suit you as well as this unique item. That is luxury for me.