What a Kick- Off!

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

Some called it the great­est Tatler Ball in years and, if you’ll per­mit me to blow our own trum­pet, it was a smash­ing af­fair. From the food to the decor (mas­ter­minded by Sil­vio Berge in a reprise) to the spir­ited fi­nale, which saw Abba trib­ute artists Björn Again get ev­ery­one danc­ing, the evening was a joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion of friend­ship and a spec­tac­u­lar kick-off to the so­cial sea­son. For those who were there, I hope our cov­er­age brings back happy mem­o­ries, and for those who weren’t, you can see what you missed ( Party Faith­ful p.98, The Best Dressed p.161).

Among my per­sonal high­lights was the awards cer­e­mony. Hong Kong Tatler was proud to ac­knowl­edge those we be­lieve are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in our city. The awardees were very gra­cious in ac­cept­ing the awards, but I must give spe­cial men­tion to Purvis Shroff ’s touch­ing speech as re­cip­i­ent of the Phi­lan­thropy Award (made after a stand­ing ova­tion) and Jim Thomp­son’s heart­felt words in ac­cept­ing the Di­a­mond Award. This year also saw a new trophy de­sign that will be used at all the Tatler Balls in Asia. It is the brain­child of Tai­wanese duo Xrange (Grace Che­ung and Royce Hong); to find out more about the re­mark­able trophy and the con­cept be­hind it, turn to page 338.

Stay­ing with no­table in­di­vid­u­als, our cover star is Chi­nese Olympian Guo Jingjing ( Tak­ing the Plunge p.248). The re­tired diver’s life reads like a fairy tale: born to a hum­ble fam­ily in Baod­ing, He­bei Prov­ince, Guo started div­ing lessons by chance and soon be­came a global sen­sa­tion. She met Ken­neth Fok and the pair mar­ried in Hong Kong at an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony at the Fok fam­ily man­sion and marked the day with a grand ban­quet at the con­ven­tion cen­tre. I was lucky enough to be present at the feast and wit­nessed how, de­spite the at­ten­tion heaped upon them, this loving cou­ple have re­mained down-to-earth.

The same can be said of the in­di­vid­u­als in our Women of Won­der fea­ture (p.256). In cel­e­bra­tion of the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren, Hong Kong Tatler and Louis Vuit­ton teamed up to cre­ate por­traits of five women who have reached the apex of their fields. Pho­tographed by Lau­rent Se­gretier, the por­traits evoke with light and shadow that in­tan­gi­ble tex­ture of child­hood mem­ory. We are proud that th­ese strik­ing images were dis­played at the so­ci­ety’s gala last month and will also be ex­hib­ited at a Louis Vuit­ton store in the near fu­ture.

PARTY TIME Di­a­mond Award- re­cip­i­ent Jim Thomp­son and his wife, Sally, get down on the dance­floor with Jimmy Thomp­son at this year’s Hong Kong Tatler Ball

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