Victoria Beckham and her Hong Kong muses approached our shoot with the same focus and gusto that has driven their career success
Pinning global fashion icon Victoria Beckham down for a cover shoot during her whistlestop tour of Asia was a bit like trying to catch a shooting star. The mother of four had a diary tighter than a bandage dress, so efficiency was the name of the game.
The designer, who was in town to open her Hong Kong boutique at Landmark, a partnership with Joyce Group and her first stand-alone store outside London, arrived at our shoot in a modern navy ensemble—one of her own, of course—and with her hair and make-up already finessed. She was relaxed, warm and energetic.
Joining her on the set at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental were Gigi Chao, Bao Bao Wan and Guo Jingjing—high-achieving women selected by Victoria as her Hong Kong brand ambassadors. Each sported a signature dress from her collection. Within minutes they were chatting and posing together as if they’d been friends for years.
Victoria is a minimalist, so the set design was simple and monochrome, except for the dramatic carved wooden chair that made it onto the cover. She and renowned fashion photographer Wing Shya made a dynamic duo and the sleek shots are testament to the great on-set chemistry. Victoria is a woman who knows what she wants, so she wasn’t afraid to let the team know what she liked and what didn’t work—doing so, always, with charm and humour.
Bao Bao (left) glammed up for the cover shoot in one of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s L600 suites
MANY HANDS From left: Hong Kong Tatler director of photography Gillian Nadel, Victoria Beckham, fashion editor Justine Lee, editor-in-chief Claire Breen Melwani