A Life Less Or­di­nary

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

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.

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