Easily the most dazzling evening of the year for fashionistas and the arbiters of style in the city, the opening gala for Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion exhibition at K11 Musea was a spectacular return to glamour. For a city that’s long been cloaked in designer masks and mostly muted celebrations for the past two years, the best-dressed stepped out in unabashed style.
K11 Musea was the place to be seen, to be heard, to be photographed in couture, and by George, the A-list pulled out all the stops and dug out their finest wears and tears. The opening night for Adrian Cheng’s exhibition, with fashion editor Carine Roitfeld, provided ample reason to doll out in designer gladrags as haute couture was celebrated alongside intricate Chinese crafts. From the realms of culture, fashion and art alike, we noted several people head to toe in scintillating sartorial selects, after the drudgery of the pandemic, it was a return to life in colour, exquisite embroidery, scintillating silhouettes, sequins and feathers.
The big question that was trending on social media (and by many self-appointed fashion critics); Who was best dressed? We have our picks, of course, and as we race to print and publish, here are a few of our favourites; Anne Wang Liu in Alex Perry to Jennifer Yu Cheng in a custom pink Christian Siriano gown, the gold carpet (red carpet is ‘so’ last season) was rolled out for the dashing and the debonair.
Let’s not forget the gents, Adrian Cheng inaugurated the eventing wearing Alexander McQueen, architect Andre Fu looked faultless in a tailored suit by Yally Yan (for the pernickety fashion purveyors, in Tom Ford shoes and a Chanel brooch).
The bold and the beautiful Elly Lam in London-based label Alessandra Rich turned several heads, while Alison Chan El Azar in a feathery and sequinned little red number from 16Arlington looked ultra-glam. Veronica Chou wore Thierry Mugler and all the devilish details were in the back of her eye-catching ensemble, Colleen Yu Fung in Jenny Peckham looked fab, while Michelle Reis opted for a classic Giorgio Armani gossamer gown with intricate detailing.
A special shout out to those who opted for Asian designers such as Feiping Chang’s frothy green confection from Chinese designer Ryzyoryuan, couturier Barney Cheng and PR maven Peter Cheung who wore traditional qipaos (designed by Cheng). Calvin Wang also opted for a traditional Chinese-style men’s gown accessorised with a glittering broach.
Via livestream, fashion icon Carine Roitfeld joined the guests, the glittering skyline of Hong Kong island was the stunning background for the evening. Gala guests also participated in a silent auction powered by Open Heart featuring one-of-a-kind pieces and one-off experiences by couture houses and traditional artisans crafted in collaboration with the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation (KCG). Proceeds from successfully auctioned items benefited UNESCO and the KCG to further the global efforts in cultural preservation.
Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion officially opens to the public today (13 December, 2021), and continues on 6F, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 MUSEA until 14 February, 2022.