Get Ready to Shine!

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

irst there was Let It Go, the an­them from Dis­ney’s Frozen, which per­me­ated so deeply into our col­lec­tive sub­con­scious that we’d wake in the mid­dle of the night hum­ming the song. On the 19th of this month, we bring you Let It Shine, the theme for this year’s Hong Kong Tatler Ball. Why Let It Shine? There’s the im­me­di­ate as­so­ci­a­tion with all the sparkling splen­dour of our ball guests. But there’s also the more ethe­real in­ter­pre­ta­tion of meta­phys­i­cal energy. We want our guests to let their auras shine and truly be them­selves. And while Let It Shine is less angstin­spired than “let it go,” it sounds just as good sung over the melody of the song (trust me).

In this is­sue, shini­ness abounds—lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. Cindy Chao, the Tai­wan-born jew­eller whose cre­ations are recog­nised as art by the cognoscenti, graces our cover. In the lav­ishly pho­tographed fea­ture, in which she mod­els her own daz­zling mas­ter­pieces, Cindy re­veals her artis­tic lin­eage and ex­plains why the time is right to base her­self in Hong Kong with a mag­nif­i­cent sa­lon in Cen­tral (p.246).

Stay­ing in Fea­tures, we see lots of shiny, happy peo­ple in our story on the hottest young A-lis­ters in town. This year’s lineup is cap­tured by the whim­si­cal lens of Crazy Rouge (her­self quite the lu­mi­nary), and the vi­su­als are a de­light­ful tes­ta­ment to the pas­sion our city’s scions are em­ploy­ing in their busi­ness ven­tures (p.236). They will be among the guests at Hong Kong Tatler’s inau­gu­ral Beach Ball, a party to be held at sunset on Septem­ber 5 to mark the end of sum­mer (p.74).

The fash­ion world is al­ways burst­ing with tal­ent, but some­one shin­ing par­tic­u­larly brightly these days is JW An­der­son. The young Brit is lauded for his plucky, gen­der-de­fy­ing col­lec­tions, both un­der his epony­mous la­bel and the Span­ish lux­ury brand Loewe. He talks to Man­ag­ing Editor Melissa Twigg about his great­est in­spi­ra­tion, his grand­mother (p.262).

Last but not least we pro­file the inim­itable Peter Cheung. As a Hong Kong Tatler alum, he’s al­ways been some­thing of an in­spi­ra­tion to us, with his sto­ried ca­reer as com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­pert for nu­mer­ous lux­ury brands. Peter has now struck out on his own by es­tab­lish­ing Peter Cheung Asia, which is sure to be a suc­cess, given his tal­ent, net­work and, of course, propen­sity for well-timed hair-flicks (p.110). He also has a pen­chant for be­ing fab­u­lous, as any­one who wit­nessed his on­stage an­tics dur­ing Danc­ing Queen at last year’s ball can at­test. Who knows if we’ll see Peter sparkle on stage this year?

“Let is shine, let it shii-ine, can’t hold it back any­more…” (Told you.)

snap happy They say a pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words—well, this shot of last year’s Hong Kong Tatler Ball cer­tainly cap­tures the fun, fri­vol­ity and friend­ships that makes the night so spe­cial

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