LORDE OF THE MANOR

Hong Kong Tatler - - Soiree -

Eigh­teen-year-old Ella Mar­ija Lani Yelich- O’con­nor, bet­ter known by the aris­to­cratic stage alias Lorde, brought her min­i­mal elec­tro-pop and per­for­mance art to Hong Kong as a guest of Prada for the trav­el­ling Prada­s­phere ex­hi­bi­tion. Lorde is clearly en­joy­ing her mo­ment; Time mag­a­zine called her one of the globe’s most in­flu­en­tial teenagers last year, and her de­but sin­gle Roy­als made her the youngest solo artist since 1987 to achieve a US No. 1 sin­gle. She ar­rived on the eve of the US pre­miere of The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 1, for which she both wrote and cu­rated the sound­track, en­list­ing stars such as Grace Jones and Kanye West.

Hong Kong ev­i­dently agreed with Lorde. She said, “It’s a crazy thing that has hap­pened to me, and I feel very lucky get­ting to be in Hong Kong for the first time. I’m ex­cited and hop­ing to see as much of it as pos­si­ble.” What the VIP crowd at the Prada­s­phere launch saw was an in­ti­mate, dy­namic per­for­mance of the most ex­clu­sive kind. “I love live ex­pe­ri­ences, get­ting to connect with peo­ple,” she said. “It’s very real to me.” And she was truly re­gal to us.

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