Any excuse to head to Pacific Place… we were thrilled to get a media preview invitation to check out above, the new VIP lounge on the third floor of the fashionable mall. With champagne and caviar, a musical oasis tucked away in a corner, and a stacked library of picturesque coffee-table books, literary classics and the latest editions of popular magazines, the Andre Fu-designed, members-only space is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle. Between generous bites of eclairs (from L’Eclair de Genie), we grabbed a moment with Fu and asked him if he was greatly influenced by Japan, as fans of the man see a minimalist streak and a Zen aesthetic.
“Really, they do?” he said with genuine surprise. “Perhaps subconsciously. Of course I’ve been to Japan several times and I love the minimalist visual, but it’s a subconscious influence that people perceive. Not deliberate at all. I do like incorporating scenery and greens.”
Tuesday night, and many of our society staples were oddly not free for a post-work drink at Duddells. Why? To quote the lady herself, “It’s Britney, bitch.” The young and the young at heart were all at the Britney Spears concert at AsiaWorld-Expo. The American pop princess showed off some magical lip-synced moves with her signature dare-bare ensembles, as chart-toppers “Toxic”, “Womaniser”, “Circus” and the like blared through the speakers. We saw the show in bits and pieces, flicking through the Instagram accounts of… notable names that often star in society pages of Prestige Hong Kong. Names withheld until the statute of limitations for stalking is over.
Wednesday night, at the official VIP launch of above, superstar Louis Koo joined Natalie Tong and Andre Fu for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, alongside Swire Properties’ Francesca Santi, as the papz snapped away. Society’s usual suspects were all lined up against the floral wall to get their snapshot taken.
It takes a lot for us to head to Times Square mid-week, at peak traffic hours as the densely populated arteries of Causeway Bay and its slow-walking tourists hit every last nerve, but when Christie Simpson, a stylist we’ve worked with often in the past, sent out an invite for the launch of iDecorate’s store, we were most intrigued. With event staple Angie Ng (always great for a snap), Cara G (hot model mama of two) model Natalie S and the perennially together besties, Paul S (photographer) and Natalie Söderström (model) in attendance, it was a photogenic event that also celebrated the latest collection from Raven + Rose.
Thursday we braced ourselves for multiple appearances, starting with an autumn/winter preview of Etro at ifc mall. The colours, prints and voluminous jackets for their womenswear were directly in contrast with the crushed velvet darkness of the menswear. We popped over to Trinity Bridal with, well, our magazine’s fashion squad en masse and were buried in an avalanche of white taffeta, floral prints, lace and lattice work. A friend of ours recently got hitched to her boyfriend of 15 years and opted to wear red for the occasion. “Virginal white after living in sin for a decade?” she rolled her eyes. “I mean, who are we kidding?!” In that vein, we chuckled when we saw a rich red dress in the mix at Trinity Bridal, and were told it wasn’t an after-party gown.
We made a timely arrival at Omega at ifc mall, landing just as Korean artist Jung Woo Sung took to the makeshift stage at the atrium. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Speedmaster, the first watch worn on the moon, the brand’s campaign had “Omega’s astronauts” appearing at different attractions around the city, inviting the public to visit the exhibition at ifc mall. At the exhibition itself there were far too many people, but we did spot Kathy Chow and Brandon Chau in the mix.
Press Society was essentially an event for the fine folks in media. Copious beef sushi rolls were consumed while our neighbours, who had arrived from a D&G Beauty event, decided to hit the goody bag and sample the colours. A stylist got adventurous with her pigeon-blood-red lipstick roll and came towards us, brush in hand, to stain our lips – but we hit the exit. Fast. We’re not one to “drag’ on, despite what you’ve heard…
Next week, we’ll be at the exclusive Tiffany & Co. Diamond Academy – Cocktails at Elements, Sergio Rossi, Romain Gauthier, Bulgari, Ted Baker and Longchamp’s autumn/winter 2017 preview. Not to forget, on Thursday, we’ve invited our favourite gals to join us for a cocktail at Apinara for our Friends with Benefits mini-parties. Supporting the fine folks who support us time and again, we’ll be sampling the menu offered to us by gorgeous Pearl Shek.
Until next week chums, wishing you champagne dreams and caviar reality…