The Great Es­cape HONG KONG TATLER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Upfront -

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.

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