A New Mer­chant of venice

T Fon­daco dei Tedeschi by DFS pro­vided a ma­jes­tic back­drop for our Asia’s Most Stylish shoot

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

hen eight glama­zons from across Asia flew in for a week­end of cel­e­bra­tions tied to the open­ing of DFS’S first Euro­pean re­tail des­ti­na­tion, ro­man­tic Venice glit­tered just that lit­tle bit brighter. The style mavens proved un­flap­pable when faced with the odd chal­lenge dur­ing shoots in and around the his­toric Grand Canal build­ing that houses T Fon­daco dei Tedeschi by DFS. Sin­ga­porean Ho Ching Lin ably posed in Dior and Fendi in Fon­daco dei Tedeschi amid the chaos of prepa­ra­tions for the open­ing party the fol­low­ing day. Stephanie Zu­biri­crespi of the Philip­pines looked amaz­ing in Michael Kors as a wa­ter taxi zipped her along the canals around the store, and Hong Kong’s Va­lerie Chow—dressed in a Loewe skirt made en­tirely of rub­ber bands—braved a rocky ride in a gon­dola. De­signed to carry just a gon­do­lier and two pas­sen­gers, Va­lerie’s ves­sel was over­loaded with a stylist, pho­tog­ra­pher and cam­era­man.

When mak­ing their way up to the top floor of the build­ing for a group shot on the fi­nal evening, the glam­ouris­tas couldn’t help but be side­tracked by the sar­to­rial de­lights on dis­play. Thailand’s Vatanika Pata­mas­ingh na Ayud­hya, Melissa Zuo from Main­land China and Christina Lim from In­done­sia didn’t get far into the ground floor, once a bustling me­dieval court­yard, be­fore be­ing lured by the Gucci and Bot­tega Veneta bou­tiques, while Zaida Ibrahim from Malaysia and Patty Tsai from Tai­wan couldn’t re­sist a de­tour to the mag­nif­i­cent shoe sa­lon on the third floor. Once every­one had reached the rooftop, a hush fell as they ad­mired the panorama of Venice be­fore them, from the Grand Canal to the Vene­tian La­goon and be­yond to the peaks of dis­tant moun­tains. Viva Italia!

Turn to p.114 to meet Asia’s Most Stylish Ac­ro­bats scale the ar­cades of T Fon­daco dei Tedeschi by DFS dur­ing the gala open­ing cel­e­bra­tion

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