A Life Less Ordinary
I’ ll begin with a hearty Happy New Year to all readers. What better way to start 2015 than by redefining yourself? That’s what we have done with our new tagline—life. Extraordinary—which makes its debut on the cover of this issue of Hong Kong Tatler. We felt it was time we had a catchphrase that captures in a snappier way what we aim to do for our readers, namely inspire (through unexpected stories), provide access (to the world of luxury) and enrich (through curation of the finer things in life).
It is fitting, then, that in this issue we do all those things with our cover story on our annual Asia’s Most Stylish event, where we bring together the eight recipients of Tatler’s Most Stylish Woman award across Asia. The photo shoot took place within the sophisticated confines of the Park Hyatt Beijing, which was the ideal backdrop for our stunning fashion mavens.
Hong Kong was represented by Olivia LeeDavies, who for several years attended the event in a behind-the-scenes capacity as Hong Kong Tatler’s erstwhile director of PR, editorial and strategy. “It was nice to be in front of the camera. I really enjoyed meeting the other ladies and, in fact, we have all stayed in touch through a Whatsapp chat called the ‘Tatler Babes,’” Olivia says with a giggle.
“I never felt that there was an age difference. Everyone was so lovely and we all enjoyed chats in which we shared our favourite fashion brands with each other. I discovered a wonderful Filipino designer from Philippine Tatler’s representative. And one of the other ladies told me that she liked one of the dresses that I brought with me. Indeed, she told me she once tried it on in the boutique but couldn’t get into it—that gave me a nice boost!” I hope Olivia, and all the ladies, get a another boost from what they’ll see in this month’s cover feature (p.144).
Elsewhere in this issue, managing editor of regional content, Stephen Short, enters the Pradasphere, diving into the fashion retrospective that lit up Hong Kong late last year (p.108). Our feature examines the label’s origins—its counterculture, counter-couture, anti-itethos—while our four pages of party pictures capture all the colour, glamour and fashion-forward faces who threw on their glad rags to celebrate Pradasphere’s opening night (p.62). Stepping away from fashion to philanthropy, Madeleine Ross talks education with business magnate Angela Leong, the chairman of the Po Leung Kuk (p.80). Leong, who has five children with Stanley Ho, shares with us the secrets of her success in life and business. And don’t miss our feature on the world’s perfume capital, Grasse (p.180). Life is sweet.