Get Ready to Shine!
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