Smoke and Mir­rors

What you see is what you get when it comes to Candy Chuang, but she was will­ing to chan­nel Lau­ren Ba­call for our shoot

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

My gosh, this feels like Juras­sic Park,” says a se­quin­clad Candy Chuang, pos­ing with a mar­tini in the un­der­ground speakeasy where we are con­duct­ing her cover shoot. Next door, de­vel­op­ers are drilling the foun­da­tions for a new apart­ment block and the en­su­ing thuds, which come with mo­not­o­nous reg­u­lar­ity, are making the sur­face of her cock­tail rip­ple.

But noth­ing is go­ing to stop this nonon­sense live wire from get­ting the job done. Candy is throw­ing her­self into the theme of old Hol­ly­wood glam­our un­der the di­rec­tion of pho­tog­ra­pher Olivier Yoan. It’s all about sparkle, smoke, spot­lights and sass, which Candy brings in spades. Whether drap­ing her­self across plush vel­vet so­fas or bal­anc­ing on six-inch Jimmy Choos at the bar, Candy looks the con­sum­mate femme fa­tale.

Iron­i­cally, she’s more the girl next door than film noir vamp and spends the day chat­ting to our crew and keep­ing her staff happy and well fed. Of the shoot’s six out­fits, her favourite is a sheer black Marc Ja­cobs gown with shim­mer­ing white lilies. “It’s al­most like they’re float­ing,” she says of the flow­ers. “It’s dreamy.”

Turn to page 240 for the full story.

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