The Great Escape HONG KONG TATLER
2016 Some things about the Hong Kong Tatler Ball never change. Its guest list is always peppered with society luminaries, its red carpet inundated with haute couture, and its dance floor a hive of activity. The ball ticked all the usual boxes this year, but was something more: an exercise in escapism. While wind and rain pummelled the streets of Hong Kong on September 10, 360 guests sought safe haven in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, where, in keeping with the theme of the evening, The Splendid Journey, they were transported to the sun-drenched plains of Africa, the waterfalls of South America and the glaciers of Antarctica.
The journey began with Edipresse Media Asia executive chairman Michel Lamunière, his wife, Tamara, and Hong Kong Tatler social relations director Kimberly Hu welcoming guests and presenting them with slips resembling vintage train tickets that bore their table numbers. They then made their way down a hallway decorated with world maps to the cocktail lounge, where an exhibition of photographs by National Geographic photographer Steve Mccurry heightened the atmosphere of wanderlust further. The product of a collaboration between Steve and Vacheron Constantin, the images lured the keen eyes of Carol Murray, Rina Wadhwani and Ronald Arculli, who spent much time examining them.