Call of the Wild
AS29 gives the perfect nod to the resurgence of the ’90s trend with its delicate velvet and diamond choker. Spotted on numerous fashion editors and It girls, it’s the musthave accessory as winter nights draw in. his month sees the Hope for Wildlife gala taking place in Hong Kong and the United States electing a new president, so as I read Laurel Chor’s story on Jane Goodall (p.154), I couldn’t help but be reminded of the images of Donald Trump’s trophyhunting sons grinning wildly as they posed with elephant tails, leopards and crocodiles. While the issues surrounding the hunting of big game are complex, with proponents claiming conservation efforts often rely on the big cheques hunters write, one wonders why, in a time of environmental crisis and the extinction of species, anyone would actively choose to aid in the destruction of animals.
Laurel’s first encounter with Jane Goodall while still in high school set her on the path to becoming a journalist, conservationist and ultimately an ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute. In this issue, she talks to Jane about wildlife conservation in Asia and how to raise people’s awareness of environmental issues.
In these days of Insta fame, there always seems to be a new It girl to watch. Eleanor Lam is the latest society girl to have captured the public’s imagination with a carefully curated social feed. You can read a sparkling interview with our cover star (p.138) by Chloe Street, who spent an afternoon with the down-to-earth heiress dishing on social media, her new role in father Peter Lam’s entertainment empire and her love for her family.
This issue also sees the launch of a list of men you really ought to have on speed dial—asia’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors (p.146). While some are scions of established families, it’s a democratic roundup, with tastemakers, tech leaders and even the odd prince thrown in for good measure. The vital thing they all have in common is that they know how to have a good time.
Elsewhere, Daniel Kong maps out 48 hours in Helsinki (p.186), a naughty Sabrina Ho tells of her debut at Queen Charlotte’s Ball (p.206), an impressed Sean Li reviews the new Aston Martin DB11 (p.170), and Melissa Lim plays glamorous movie star on the latest waterborne beauty from Riva (p.178).
Curious nature Primatologist Jane Goodall has dedicated her career to the study and conservation of endangered wildlife