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THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF SO­CI­ETY UNITED IN SPEC­TAC­U­LAR FASH­ION FOR THE PARTY OF THE YEAR, THE HONG KONG TATLER BALL

Hong Kong Tatler - - Contents -

A strik­ing ar­ray of art­work in a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines is up for grabs this month

Jaime and Bene­dict Ku

KC Chow and Mon­ica Wong

Al­lan and Carol Mur­ray

Stephanie Che­ung and Vincent Che­ung

Zita Ong

Aron Har­ilela Sally and Robert Lo

Sally and Jim Thomp­son

The air was elec­tric with an­tic­i­pa­tion as guests ar­rived at the Grand Hy­att dressed to the nines for the Hong Kong Tatler Ball, an an­nual re­union of sorts for the city’s glit­terati. Some of so­ci­ety’s best-known cou­ples were chauf­feured to the door of the five-star Wan Chai ho­tel in gleam­ing Audi A8s. The evening kicked off with cock­tails be­fore guests headed into the lav­ishly dec­o­rated ball­room. The sig­na­ture cock­tail of the night, the Tatler Teaser, was a mix of The Ma­callan 12 Years Old Fine Oak, Har­veys Bris­tol Cream sherry,

le­mon juice, honey, and orange and le­mon peel—and the flame flut­ter­ing atop the glass was a hint of the drama ahead. Modelpho­tog­ra­pher Crazy Rouge wove through the gath­er­ing in her trade­mark red gown, cre­at­ing a fris­son as she clicked away—see page 110 for her stun­ning shots.

Even­tu­ally the din­ner bell rang and guests moved into the ball­room, re­leas­ing de­lighted gasps as they set eyes on in­te­ri­ors guru Sil­vio Berge’s cre­ation. Fea­tur­ing tow­er­ing black lamps, vivid white or­chids and mir­ror-topped ta­bles, it was the per­fect arena for a night of deca­dent fun.

Ma­gi­cians Sean Macfar­lane and Lawrence Sul­li­van moved from ta­ble to ta­ble per­form­ing tricks as the scal­lop carpac­cio ap­pe­tiser was served. Dur­ing the main course, the evening’s master of cer­e­monies, Sean Lee-Davies, took to the stage to in­tro­duce Edi­presse Me­dia’s chair­man and CEO for Asia, Bar­rie C Goodridge, who wel­comed guests and kicked off the highly an­tic­i­pated Tatler Awards Cer­e­mony. Eric Fok was named En­tre­pre­neur of the Year and, in a de­par­ture from the norm, there were two re­cip­i­ents of the Most Promis­ing Young Lady award—sis­ters Amanda and Jen­nifer Che­ung. Sean Lee-Davies had the plea­sure of pre­sent­ing the trophy for Most Stylish Woman to his mother, Olivia Lee-Davies. Purviz Shroff re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion as she ac­cepted the Phi­lan­thropy Award, and love was clearly in the air as Stephen and Deb­o­rah Hung, their hands clasped, ac­cepted the trophy for Cou­ple of the Year. The Tatler Di­a­mond Award went to Jim Thomp­son, who gave a touch­ing

ac­cep­tance speech and drew a round of en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause for his wife, Sally, by thank­ing her for her un­wa­ver­ing support.

As the five-course meal drew to a close, popular Abba par­ody act Björn Again launched into their open­ing num­ber, Water­loo, which was fol­lowed by a string of the Swedish stars’ great­est hits. Al­lan Mur­ray lit up the dance­floor, in­spir­ing many guests, in­clud­ing Car­men and Sa­muel Lee, to let their hair down. Danc­ing Queen saw the ev­er­flam­boy­ant Peter Che­ung mount the stage to dance and sing along with the band.

As the clock struck mid­night, sump­tu­ous snacks were served to keep up the en­ergy of those keen to boo­gie the night away. The Grand Hy­att even pro­vided fluffy slip­pers so those in heels could kick them off and strut their stuff in com­fort.

It was a mem­o­rable night in­deed—and we can’t wait un­til next year.

Rita and Bar­rie C Goodridge David Che­ung, Jen­nifer Che­ung, Michelle Ong- Che­ung, Amanda Che­ung and Adrian Che­ung

Ron­ald Abram and Ka­mal and Gary Har­ilela

El­iza Fok

Enzio and El­iz­a­beth von Pfeil Ron­ald and Jo­hanna Ar­culli

Katish and Daniel Green

Jane and Do­minique Lee

Bernard and Vic­to­ria Ren­nell and Amy Chow

Stephan and Ta­tiana Pud­will

Peter Kjaer and An­gela Ho

Ar­naud Barthélémy and Michael Wong

Jac­que­line and Sean Fitzpatrick

Mag­dalena Lee and Che- hung and Lil­ian Leong

Yuda Chan, Sharie Ross- Tse, Anne Wang- Liu, Leigh Tung- Chou and Fiona Ko­tur- Marin

Sudesh and Amishi Sani

Wil­liam Chan

Lawrence Sul­li­van

Michele and Di­dier Li

Matthew and Lianne Lam

Deirdre Fu- Tcheng and Jan­ice Chan- Choy

Olivia Lee- Davies

Sean Fitzpatrick

Che­ung, Bar­rie C Goodridge, Jen­nifer

Ong Amanda Che­ung and Zita

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