Inna Rodchenko-Highfield made her mark in finance working in New York and Singapore, before launching a multi-hyphen career in Hong Kong as an art consultant working with private and corporate collections and in business development for Art Central, before deciding to focus solely on pursuing her passion for philanthropy.
Having worked with numerous NGO’s including Para Site, the Design Trust and the Hong Kong Ballet, she had first hand knowledge of how local communities were significantly affected by COVID-19. From fighting hunger, combating homelessness and driving support for refugees, she is now propelling conversations and supporting local grassroot charities through her role as the Hong Kong Head of global charity platform 10×10.
Here, she speaks to PAKT about dream collaborators, whose wardrobe she covets and which one fashion item she owns conveys who she is sartorially.
1) Describe your style in 3 words.
Comfortable, yet chic and ever-changing.
2) What’s the most precious item in your wardrobe and why?
I try not to attach to any particular thing in life. That being said, I have a hard time letting go of my handbags.
3) What’s your go-to outfit?
Anything linen. Biasa, a luxurious and fashionable line made in Bali and Jacquemus always!
4) Favourite piece you bought recently and why?
Chanel, black rope sandals, because they are so comfortable, stylish and go with everything. And Hellessy blue jeans, they have ribbons that float as you walk so very attention grabbing.
5) What is the best fashion advice you have received?
Anna Wintour once said, “Just be true to yourself.”
6) Who are your style icons?
Linda Evangelista, for always reinventing herself and not being afraid to try new things, Victoria Beckham, for always looking effortlessly chic and Princess Diana, for being the fashion icon when I was growing up.
7) What’s your personal style signifier and why?
The set of bracelets and bangles I always wear from Cartier, Van Cleef and Maria Gaspari. I am a creature of habit, so usually wear high jewellery with something more grounding like crystals and I curate them at the beginning of every year based on my intentions.
8) Less or more?
9) If you could have anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be and why?
Kim Bui Kollar. I got lost in her closet once. Plus, I really want to steal this Sies Marjan red pantsuit. Just joking… Maybe!
10) If you were an item of clothing what would you be?
A cashmere, poncho wrap in camel.
11) Where do you love to shop?
I actually hate shopping, but love working with stylists like my friends Sena Husband and Kim Bui Kollar.
12) What is a must-have clothing item everyone must own?
A sleeveless, black bodysuit and a pair of perfect fit, high waisted, blue jeans.
13) If a museum asked you to donate one item from your wardrobe that represented you what would it be?
My white linen, Zimmerman dress, because it is so me.
14) What will we never find in your wardrobe?
15) What’s your number one fashion rule?
Choose clothes that fit well and compliment your body type.
16) What is your dream project?
A global, charity platform, powered by blockchain.
17) Dream collaborator?
18) Top 3 accounts to follow on social media
Géraldine Boublil @erinoffduty, Lauren Santo Domingo @thelsd and Jerry Gogosian @jerrygogosian.
Left: @erinoffduty | Right: @thelsd
19) Favourite fashion apps?
Instagram and Moda Operandi.
20) Where were the last three places you travelled to and what are the can’t miss shops?
Bali, Biasa for resort wear, art and curated lifestyle products.
Ravello on the Amalfi coast for the The Pink Closet at Palazzo Avino.
Stow on the Wold in the Cotswolds, for Amanda Brooks’ shop Cutter Brooks.
Follow Inna on Instagram @innarhighfield