Jill Trip­tree

deputy edi­tor 1990-1992 Man­ag­ing edi­tor 1992-1998

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

A pho­tog­ra­pher was sent to shoot me at the Star Ferry for a story in the Tele­graph in 1997—an iconic choice, but not ex­actly high so­ci­ety. He quoted an un­named ex­pat say­ing: “Six or seven years ago, a ball meant long cock­tails, din­ner, a big-name en­ter­tainer and then wild danc­ing till dawn. Now it’s speeches nam­ing Chi­nese bene­fac­tors, a se­ri­ously big bucks char­ity auc­tion and ev­ery­one home by 11.30.” By that time the Bri­tish had long taken a back seat at balls and par­ties, a fact un­der­scored when we scoured the so­ci­ety pages of back is­sues to com­pile the mag­a­zine’s 20th an­niver­sary special in March 1997.

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