Ciao Bella

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

t’s only right that a new year should be her­alded by new ideas. We’ve kicked off 2017 by tak­ing our an­nual Asia’s Most Stylish fash­ion shoot to a new level. The project brings to­gether all the re­cip­i­ents of the Most Stylish Woman awards from eight coun­tries and re­gions for an oc­ca­sion­ally manic but ul­ti­mately en­joy­able long week­end filled with photo shoots, cos­tume changes, hair ap­point­ments and the oblig­a­tory quaffing of cham­pagne.

The Asia’s Most Stylish gath­er­ing nor­mally takes place some­where in Asia, but for this edition we took the pro­duc­tion to Europe for the first time. Work­ing closely with our part­ner, DFS Group, we jet­ted the glam­orous women to Venice, where the lux­ury re­tailer was launch­ing its first Euro­pean out­let in a stun­ning her­itage build­ing in the heart of the his­toric Ital­ian city. The women not only took part in the photo shoots, but were guests at the week-long open­ing cel­e­bra­tions for T Fon­daco dei Tedeschi by DFS, which in­cluded a gala dinner as well as ex­clu­sive shop­ping days.

Hong Kong was rep­re­sented by Va­lerie Chow, who picked up her award at the Tatler Ball in Septem­ber. Va­lerie, who was pre­vi­ously a model, ac­tress and fash­ion mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive, was the per­fect can­di­date and, as our cover story shows, com­pletely in her el­e­ment. “I love all the images,” she gushed. “Par­tic­u­larly the Like A Vir­gin shot,” she added, ref­er­enc­ing Madonna’s sem­i­nal mu­sic video. Styled by fash­ion editor Jus­tine Lee and with the pro­duc­tion over­seen by photography di­rec­tor Gillian Nadel, the images speak for them­selves (p.114).

And with 2017 be­ing a land­mark for Hong Kong Tatler, our 40th an­niver­sary year, we couldn’t think of a more glam­orous way to kick off our cel­e­bra­tions.

—Sean Fitz­patrick Chief Cre­ative Of­fi­cer

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