“If you can look back at a photo of yourself in 10 years time, and still like what you see, then you will have achieved true elegance. Fashion will go out of date, but pure elegance never will,” says Olivia Yin.
So seriously does she take all aspects of elegance, that the 32-year-old shuns casualwear or activewear to ensure her look is always on point. “I dress up every day.
It doesn’t matter who I’m going to see, what I’m going to do, or even if I stay home. It’s out of respect to the people I meet and also respect to myself.” When she really can’t be bothered, Olivia’s go-to piece is a well-cut, white dress. “I’ll add one accessory,” she says. “No need for much effort, but it still makes me look good and classy.”
The Chinese national gets her culture fix through reading books and magazines, but wishes Dubai had a bit more of what her beloved West End has to offer.
“I love the theatre,” Chengdu-born Olivia says. “London is so full of culture. I would love to see this in Dubai. When I look out of my window at home, I see the new Dubai Opera House; they’re now putting the roof on. At the moment, I am speaking with The Royal Ballet in London to see how we might help Dubai Opera House to become a cultural centre.” It can’t hurt that Olivia counts celebrated British ballerina, and president of the Royal Academy of Dance in the UK, Darcey Bussell among her closest friends.
If Olivia can pull off this feat – and we’re hoping she does – all that will be left to do is choose what to wear for opening night. Citing Marie Antoinette, for her “over the top maxim”, and Audrey Hepburn, “as the true representation of elegance”, as her style icons, and believing that “confidence is the key to a woman looking truly stylish”, one thing is for certain, her ensemble won’t disappoint come show time.
As one might expect, the advice she will pass onto her two-year-old daughter, Rosie, is to, “Always be elegant, never be lazy”. If this beautiful photograph is anything to go by, Rosie is already walking in Olivia’s footsteps – like mother like daughter.
Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence