Girl Power

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note - —Claire Breen Mel­wani Ed­i­tor-in-chief

Since she burst into pub­lic con­scious­ness as one of the Spice Girls, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham has of­fered up many mem­o­rable per­for­mances. One half of a glob­ally recog­nis­able cou­ple, she has won nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades at the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards, is a good­will am­bas­sador for UNAIDS, and has be­come one of the most in-de­mand women in the world. And she con­tin­ues to push her­self. She has not lost the de­ter­mined at­ti­tude that saw her defy the most scep­ti­cal of fash­ion crit­ics to helm her own in­ter­na­tional brand.

So when Joyce Group’s In­grid Chen pro­posed the idea of Vic­to­ria be­ing on the cover of this is­sue, I not only jumped at the idea but spent weeks ex­chang­ing ideas on how to use Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion as a nar­ra­tive. The ideas changed along the way but one was con­stant— the ac­com­plished woman as a muse.

Cue Guo Jingjing, Bao Bao Wan and Gigi Chao join­ing forces with Vic­to­ria, pho­tog­ra­pher Wing Shya, art di­rec­tor Fran­cisco Sal­vador and Hong Kong Tatler’s fash­ion ed­i­tor Jus­tine Lee to project the vi­sion of the mod­ern women who re­flect brand VB. And, yes, like her Hong Kong­based muses, Vic­to­ria ra­di­ates star qual­ity, but any­one who saw her drink­ing shots and danc­ing with her shoes off at the din­ner the night be­fore our shoot was left in no doubt that this is a woman com­fort­able with who she is.

As Vic­to­ria tells con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Gemma Soames in our cover fea­ture (page 134), “Women can re­late to me. I’m be­ing very hon­est, and I know what women want.” And judg­ing from the crowds jock­ey­ing out­side her first stand-alone store in Asia on open­ing day, she just may be right.

Vic­to­ria with An­drew Keith, pres­i­dent of Lane Craw­ford and Joyce

This spe­cial edi­tion suit­case, de­signed for The Penin­sula Ho­tels by French trunk­maker Go­yard, can def­i­nitely ac­com­pany me on my next trip!

SHE’S GOT THE LOOK Vic­to­ria at her new Land­mark bou­tique, a part­ner­ship with Joyce Group and her first stand-alone store out­side Lon­don

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