Blaz­ing Trails

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

his month sees the pub­li­ca­tion of the in­au­gu­ral issue of Hong Kong Tatler’s Gen­er­a­tion T mag­a­zine, which pro­files the city’s 100 bright­est young con­nec­tors, in­no­va­tors and dis­rup­tive tal­ents. To cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, pho­tog­ra­pher Ja­son Capo­bianco was tasked with shoot­ing four sep­a­rate cov­ers for this edi­tion of Hong Kong Tatler. We knew it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to nar­row down the 100 to a man­age­able cast of 14 for the shoot. But, thank­fully, travel sched­ules and avail­abil­ity ul­ti­mately made the choice for us as to who ended up be­ing pho­tographed—and those who made it to the shoot rep­re­sented a wide va­ri­ety of sec­tors, from phi­lan­thropy and fi­nance to e-com­merce, and food and bev­er­age.

Ja­son, to­gether with the Tatler team, de­cided to forgo an im­posed theme or mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions and let in­spi­ra­tion come from the cover sub­jects them­selves, who were dressed to slay, each in his or her own in­nate style. For you can light a scene, choose the clothes and plan tableaux for a shoot, but then the sub­jects come in and things have to be al­tered for them. Our only rule was that they had to move. And move they did, throw­ing shapes, kung fu kicks and drop­ping some slick dance moves (yes, I’m talk­ing about you Tianyo Mayao, Adrian Che­ung, Natasha Kaye Whif­fin and Kevin Poon) to cre­ate a fresh take on the clas­sic group cover.

Hong Kong Tatler’s po­si­tion may be a cu­rios­ity to some, but it de­fines the spirit of this city in a way that sets it apart from other ti­tles in the mar­ket. In­sider ac­cess to the most in­ter­est­ing par­ties, peo­ple and hap­pen­ings in town means our read­ers con­tinue to span all gen­er­a­tions, and while we are em­brac­ing the new guard, it is not at the ex­pense of the old. So for those who pose the ques­tion, “Is Hong Kong Tatler, like so many other me­dia, sim­ply sur­ren­der­ing to the cult of youth that is driv­ing con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety?”, the an­swer is no. For Tatler, it all comes down to merit. The new gen­er­a­tion, Gen T, wouldn’t be able to do what they do with­out the es­tab­lished lead­ing the way. So while we have sin­gled out 100 impressive young tal­ents, that’s not the end of the story. Ev­ery issue, we will con­tinue to pro­file ex­cep­tional in­di­vid­u­als in a va­ri­ety of fields.

Also in­side this month, Emilie Yabut-razon in­ter­views the pow­er­house Michelle Ong about the work be­ing done to sup­port and pro­mote ed­u­ca­tion and cre­ativ­ity in the arts, de­sign and mu­sic by her First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion (p.156). Char­maine Mok pro­files Yenn Wong and PTT Fam­ily’s lat­est ad­di­tion to the city’s din­ing scene, Potato Head—the Bali sen­sa­tion known for its mul­ti­cul­tural blend of gas­tron­omy, li­ba­tions and en­ter­tain­ment reimag­ined for Hong Kong in a Sou Fu­ji­moto-de­signed space (p.132).

So per­haps there is no such thing as too old or too young, or old guard ver­sus new guard. Where ta­lent is con­cerned, age and be­ing es­tab­lished is sim­ply not an issue. If one shoe is lead­ing the fash­ion pack right now it’s Gucci’s Prince­town slip­per. It works for both on and off duty wardrobes, is the per­fect jux­ta­po­si­tion be­tween mas­cu­line sleek­ness and fem­i­nine style, and comes in a myr­iad of fab­ri­ca­tions.

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