NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Hong Kong Tatler - - Spirits -

so­phis­ti­cated and charis­matic, with a unique depth of char­ac­ter. Nat­u­ral Colour is por­trayed by a woman who is beau­ti­ful, lively and en­er­getic. There’s a touch of whim­si­cal hu­mour in the choice for Cu­ri­ously Small Stills—a clas­si­cally al­lur­ing woman con­veys a sense of time­less el­e­gance while cradling a small Chi­nese crested dog.

The artist’s ap­proach of adding layer upon layer to cre­ate a stunning over­all ef­fect is not dis­sim­i­lar to the method adopted by the mas­ter whisky-maker at The Ma­callan, who se­lected six unique casks from more than 200,000 ma­tur­ing at the dis­tillery. The ul­ti­mate re­sult, show­cas­ing the skills of both pho­tog­ra­pher and dis­tiller, is The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edi­tion, each fea­tur­ing one of the iconic, colour-themed shoots in Bei­jing pre­sented in a high-gloss, black-lac­quered and Asian-themed box. Ev­ery box is in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered and comes with a photo-archival book­let with 20 images, a bot­tle of sin­gle malt and six minia­tures from the var­i­ous casks. There is one fi­nal touch: a se­cret com­part­ment in the box.

When a project is fin­ished, Testino has been known to have a mo­ment of re­flec­tion with a wee dram—or to raise a glass to mark the start of a party night. He says: “It has to be The Ma­callan, of course. I only drink when the work is over, though. It’s too much stress oth­er­wise. My per­fect Ma­callan mo­ment would have to be mo­ments we cap­tured in the pic­tures: drink­ing with my best friends, in the com­pany of a fab­u­lous mix of peo­ple.”

FROM TOP: AN IM­AGE FROM TESTINO’S INIM­ITABLE PORT­FO­LIO FOR THE MA­CALLAN; FASH­ION PHO­TOG­RA­PHER MARIO TESTINO. OP­PO­SITE PAGE: THE MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: MARIO TESTINO EDI­TION BOX SET

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