Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Hong Kong Tatler Society - - Editor’s Letter - — Sean Fitz­patrick Group Edi­tor-in-Chief

This mag­a­zine, more than any other that we pub­lish, cel­e­brates ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple in our city. It also cel­e­brates ex­tra­or­di­nary events, those op­u­lent soirees that filled our di­aries through­out the past 12 months. And The 500 List states who we be­lieve will best de­fine Hong Kong so­ci­ety in the year ahead.

It was a sen­sa­tional year for par­ties. The Hong Kong Ballet marked its jade an­niver­sary with a black­tie gala at the Four Sea­sons ho­tel, which not only raised im­por­tant funds but also aware­ness of how this most beloved of cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions has evolved in its 35 years. As al­ways, Hong Kong Tatler was a proud spon­sor, but what made the cel­e­bra­tion more spe­cial was our beau­ti­ful De­cem­ber cover story fea­tur­ing chair­woman Daisy Ho, which delved into the ballet’s his­tory and made use of stunning archival images.

Other mem­o­rable events in­clude Prada­s­phere, the Ital­ian fash­ion house’s first ma­jor bash on our shores for many years and which, with an ap­pear­ance by elec­tro-pop sen­sa­tion Lorde, did not dis­ap­point. I also must tip the hat to our own Tatler Ball, which many have called the best ball in re­cent mem­ory. You can see our re­cap of th­ese, plus other great par­ties, in Top 25 Par­ties of the Year (p.74).

We have made the req­ui­site ad­just­ments to the an­nual 500 List (p.145), our ex­haus­tive record of the city’s most ac­com­plished and in­flu­en­tial peo­ple. Among those mak­ing their de­but are Archangels Ac­cess co-founder and UN World Food Pro­gramme chair­man Kevin Ye­ung, who has been on our radar for some time (we pro­filed him in 2013). An­other new­comer is Deb­o­rah Hung, wife of Stephen. One of the city’s most glam­orous women, Deb­o­rah was re­cently ap­pointed a global am­bas­sador for Versace, plac­ing her in the vanguard of the fash­ion elite. Stephen makes it into our Power Houses spread (p.153). We have also in­cluded a Ones to Watch spread (p.182) of young A-lis­ters, al­ready fix­tures on the so­cial cir­cuit, who we think will one day make The 500 List in their own right. In­deed, ev­ery­one in this mag­a­zine is an ex­tra­or­di­nary in­di­vid­ual and it is only fit­ting that Hong Kong Tatler’s new tagline is “Life. Ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

party time The Hong Kong Tatler Ball was a high­light of the sea­son

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