The Hong Kong Ballet Ball dances its way back to centre stage in its fourth decade of glitz and glamour
n February 17, 360 VIP guests—dressed in monochrome as per the black-and-white theme—will descend on the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt for the Hong Kong Ballet Ball, the 32nd edition of the gala event. As well as the cocktail reception and lavish four-course dinner—all washed down with lashings of Perrier-jouët Champagne— guests will be entertained by a children’s performance of Waltz of the Flowers, dances from Swan Lake, live and silent auctions, and even a pole-dancing performance by ballerina Vanessa Nok-sze Lai, before taking to the dancefloor themselves to swing into the early hours. Alongside co-chairs Daisy Ho, Mira Yeh and Janice Chan-choy will sit esteemed committee members, including Maya Lin, Peter Cheung, Adrienne Hui, Alicia Ku and Wendy Law. All funds raised will go to ballet company initiatives. hkballet.com FOOD FOR THOUGHT All she wanted was a Cartier diamond necklace. Peeking into his home office on Christmas Eve, she saw a red Cartier box and could hardly contain her excitement. Her face dropped, however, when she unwrapped a Chanel handbag on Christmas Day. Who was the Cartier for, she’s wondering?
This unmarried chap has had his sights set on a woman most men could only dream of dating. He spent half of 2016 trying to gain entrée to her inner circle, flying around the world in the hope of being noticed. The only problem? She secretly plays for the other team.
FANCY FOOTWORK Members of the organising committee at the 2015 Hong Kong Ballet Ball LOST CAUSE Despite endless attempts to get him to tone it down, one party hound wasn’t interested in giving up the booze and the babes. He’s now “helping develop the family business in Mainland China”—but we know the real reason he’s no longer in Hong Kong is that his parents fear his behaviour will tarnish the family’s image.