Bounc­ing Back

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note - — Sean Fitzpatrick Group Ed­i­tor-in-chief

It came as sad news when Sir David Tang wrote to me back in June ex­plain­ing most apolo­get­i­cally that he would have to step down as our Septem­ber cover star be­cause of a ma­jor health hic­cup. On be­half of the Hong Kong Tatler team, I sent our best wishes for his speedy re­cov­ery and hoped he would be well enough to ap­pear on a cover next year. So you can imag­ine my amaze­ment when, less than two months after his ur­gent treat­ment, I’m stand­ing among the silk py­ja­mas and photo frames in Tang Tang Tang Tang watch­ing the ebullient en­tre­pre­neur cap­ti­vate our pho­tog­ra­pher with his charm­ingly ec­cen­tric an­tics. In one shot he growls and claws like a tiger, in another he struts in a fluffy bathrobe, but you can’t beat the ex­pres­sion on David’s face as he de­vours a moun­tain of noo­dles along­side his daugh­ter Vic­to­ria and slightly less rav­en­ous wife Lucy (pic­tured above). His re­mark­ably rapid re­cov­ery is tes­ta­ment to the in­domitable spirit of this fa­mous bon vi­vant. Fea­tures ed­i­tor Melissa Twigg spent the af­ter­noon at his home get­ting the full story on his plans for a Chi­nese re­tail em­pire (p.316).

Also show­ing a good dose of flam­boy­ant spirit is the next gen­er­a­tion of Hong Kong so­ci­ety. Our very own lady in red—pho­tog­ra­pher Crazy Rogue—has cap­tured bright young things such as Ariel Ho-kjaer, Jor­dan Abram and Ali­son Lee like you’ve never seen them be­fore (p.326). Gen­er­a­tional change is also on the way with 3D print­ing, re­ports Adam Hay-ni­cholls in Dress Code (p.360). Once the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar do­main of fac­to­ries, prin­ters will soon fea­ture in bou­tiques and run off per­fectly fit­ting gar­ments and ac­ces­sories on de­mand.

In a more se­ri­ous vein, it’s been yet another sum­mer of skies fre­quently blighted by smog. Fea­tures writer Madeleine Ross looks be­hind the haze for the causes of Hong Kong’s toxic at­mos­phere and dis­cov­ers Change is in the Air (p.336). In the mean­time, if you’re look­ing to es­cape and need some in­spi­ra­tion, check out our guide to Morocco’s most ex­clu­sive hide­aways ( Moor­ish Dreams p.348) and Es­ther Wong’s re­view of the newly opened Shangri-la Ho­tel, Lhasa (p.390), which has its own oxy­gen lounge to help guests ad­just to the rarefied at­mos­phere at 3,650 me­tres.

Fi­nally—and per­haps most im­por­tantly—if you haven’t yet shopped for your de­signer togs for this month’s Hong Kong Tatler Ball (p.94), we’ve got more than 200 pages of fash­ion, ac­ces­sories and beauty news and ad­vice for you in this is­sue, so get cracking.

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