New Di­rec­tions

Hong Kong Tatler - - To Our Readers -

ung hei fat choi to you all. I, for one, am de­lighted to see the back of the pesky Fire Mon­key that wreaked havoc upon the world. But whether the Fire Rooster is kinder to us all is yet to be seen. Af­ter all, this is the year when a cer­tain con­tro­ver­sial world leader set­tles into of­fice, a leader whose re­sem­blance to a coiffed rooster was be­spo­ken by a gi­ant sculp­ture un­veiled in the main­land city of Taiyuan. In­flat­able ver­sions are now the hit item on Taobao.

But we go from roost­ers to love­birds, as Fe­bru­ary is the month of Valentines. You won’t be able to re­sist the charm of this month’s cover stars, Vic­to­ria and Christo­pher Owen. From the in­ven­tive way Vic en­gi­neered an en­counter un­der a ta­ble at a friend’s party (ahem!) to Chris’ al­most-bun­gled en­gage­ment pro­posal in Ja­pan, their story is a sweet tes­ta­ment that, in life, you need a part­ner you can laugh with.

And they’ll need a good dose of hu­mour to get them through the big changes that are hap­pen­ing, from ca­reer changes and the es­tab­lish­ment of their own cre­ative agency to the ar­rival of their first child in a few months, an event that they hope will fi­nally put an end to the con­stant scru­tiny of the lo­cal tabloids’ baby watch­ers.

With this new stage of their lives be­fore them, Chris and Vic make the per­fect cou­ple to fea­ture at the start of this lu­nar year (p.104). I have no doubt that they’ll make won­der­ful par­ents. They’re al­ready well pre­pared, with Vic hav­ing de­signed her own range of baby ac­ces­sories when she was cre­ative di­rec­tor of her fam­ily’s life­style brand, Tang Tang Tang Tang. There’s one thing that their bun­dle of joy might want though—an in­flat­able Trump rooster per­haps?

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