Meet Anna d’Auriol, Claudia Shaw’s 28-Year-Old Daughter
In January’s issue of Tatler magazine, Claudia Shaw, head of style advisory for Chanel Asia-Pacific and her daughter Anna d’Auriol shared their family traditions, beauty secrets and their fondest memories together. Now, d’Auriol checks back in to reveal what she has been up to since returning from teacher training in New Zealand. Find out where she likes to eat and how she stays fit.
What does Hong Kong mean to you?
Hong Kong is my home. My roots are here and it’s where I feel most comfortable.
Where did you study?
I spent three years in London at Middlesex University doing my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and then I did a one-year graduate diploma in teaching at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. I am now back in Hong Kong hoping to put my skills to use at an international school.
Where does your love for health and fitness come from?
Growing up I was a very lazy child. I never played any sports and never went hiking with my family. It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I started my fitness journey. Now I love working out and my family are utterly shocked. I’m not sure what caused this change in me; it’s like I woke up one day and decided it was time to work out. After I went through a breakup, my gym routine increased and I have kept fit ever since. I love the after-effects of a good workout.
What are your favourite activities to stay fit?
Hiking with friends, outdoor HIIT workouts and weights sessions at the gym.
What are some of your favourite family traditions and why?
Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s place with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. It’s just good food and good company, and the best way to keep the family close-knit. Choosing a favourite dish at grandma’s house is very hard. All of my grandmother’s cooking is delicious. The cuisine on Sundays is always Chinese with a heavy influence of Shanghainese food due to my grandfather’s heritage. One of my favourite dishes is [stir-fried Shanghai rice cakes] Nian Gao.
What is a common misconception about you?
I am a listener and observer and sometimes people think I come across quite stern. However, once you get to know me I am full of laughter and happiness.
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard about yourself?
I was often bullied at school and one of the most ridiculous comments I remember was “Anna, did you come to school in your helicopter today?” At the time it wasn’t so funny but looking back now it’s totally hilarious.
What’s the best restaurant you’ve been to in HK?
Posto Pubblico. I have been going there for more than five years. The food is delicious and the service is incredible.
What are you hilariously bad at?
I am completely useless at anything that involves hand-eye coordination or a ball.
What was it like growing up with such a stylish mum?
I admire my mum for being such a fashion icon. I love going into the Chanel shops and seeing what’s new each season, watching her try on clothes, listening to her chatting to staff about what’s selling and what isn’t, going to fashion shows, and getting to go behind the scenes when she’s working in Paris.