Now & then

With 40 years of pic­tures to rum­mage through, it was a hard ask, but Kim­berly Hu was up to the task. To mark our ruby an­niver­sary, she se­lected a se­ries of fun pho­to­graphs from the ar­chives and asked their sub­jects to help us recre­ate them. Here’s a photo

Hong Kong Tatler - - September - Pho­tog­ra­phy MOSES NG

To mark Hong Kong Tatler’s 40th an­niver­sary, we se­lected a se­ries of pho­to­graphs from the ar­chives guar­an­teed to raise a smile and asked the sub­jects to help us recre­ate them. Take a pho­to­graphic wan­der down mem­ory lane—with a mod­ern Tatler twist


2017 / 2004 the last time 13-year-old Is­abella did a pro­fes­sional photo shoot was for her hong Kong tatler de­but as a cute lit­tle 10-month-old on the novem­ber 2004 cover. “this is the first time I’ve ever worn fake eye­lashes,” she gig­gles as she smiles for the cam­eras in the tatler stu­dio. “the orig­i­nal pic­ture was taken in our home. that ta­ble in the photo is long gone now,” says Linda. Grown-up Is­abella chan­nels her mother’s vibe beau­ti­fully, with the duo both in gor­geous Diane von Fursten­berg dresses. “I was in a yel­low DVF gown in the orig­i­nal shot and def­i­nitely wouldn’t want Is­abella to be naked in this shot,” jokes Linda.

Johnny Chan

2017 / 2002 It was for a July 2002 fea­ture on clas­sic car col­lec­tors that Johnny first ap­peared in hong Kong tatler—along­side his 1969 Mercedes-benz 300 SEL 6.3. Fast-for­ward to to­day and things haven’t changed much: the busi­ness­man is still one of hong Kong’s big­gest car buffs, with an ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion of vin­tage wheels. his garage boasts some of the rarest spec­i­mens, in­clud­ing a turquoise 1958 Chevro­let, a sil­ver 1967 Mercedes-benz Pagoda 230 SL and a red 1984 Fer­rari 308 GTS, but he still finds time to give his clas­sic black beauty some love. “I try and take it out at least once a month for a drive, but there’s no air-con­di­tion­ing so it’s a lit­tle tough driv­ing it around in hong Kong’s sum­mer heat. Un­like me, the car is in bet­ter con­di­tion to­day than it was back then.”

Bon­nae Gok­son & AMANDA BERAHA

2017 / 1993 “I’m pretty sure the pho­tos were taken in my home at the time,” says Amanda of a Septem­ber 1993 fea­ture on pairs of best friends, which also in­cluded Daisy ho and Miriam Yao, and Kevin Chau and Pa­trick Chan. “we were asked to think of a con­cept for the pho­tog­ra­pher and Bon­nae came up with the idea of us feed­ing each other cake. Lit­tle did we know that she would be­come the Queen of Cakes one day and that we’d be recre­at­ing this shot in one of her many shops.” the pair gig­gle as they feed each other slices of cake in Bon­nae’s Pa­cific Place cafe-bar, C’est La B, for the re­cre­ation. “It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we took the orig­i­nal pic­ture,” says Bon­nae. “In­di­vid­u­ally, we’ve changed a lot, but our friend­ship is still as strong as ever.”


2017 / 2004 Same house, same couch, but a much larger Maximilian, known to fam­ily and friends as Max. Sadly, the corgi, oliver, has died, but poo­dle Baloo was happy to step in for the shoot. “hon­estly, all I can re­mem­ber from that photo was how I spent the whole time hop­ing that Max wouldn’t cry,” Jo­hanna re­calls of the April 1993 fea­ture on mother­hood. Jokes Max, “I’m pretty sure I was think­ing about when I could next eat or take a nap. So, yeah, noth­ing much has changed there.”


2017 / 2004 the black-and-white fa­ther-son snap was sent in by the Greens for a June 2001 Fa­ther’s Day fea­ture. “the photo was taken in a lovely rented house in tus­cany, and the whole fam­ily was there with var­i­ous boyfriends and girl­friends,” re­calls Joshua. “I was liv­ing in new York at the time,” Daniel chimes in. “Josh had just moved back to hong Kong and my two sis­ters were in univer­sity in the UK. It was a lot of fun be­cause we all got to­gether for the sum­mer.” Asked if they’ve changed much since the photo was taken, Daniel jokes, “there was def­i­nitely a bit more hair go­ing on then.” one thing that has stayed the same is that the Greens still go on hol­i­day to­gether when­ever they can. “Julie, my wife, al­ways or­gan­ises our fam­ily trips,” says Michael. “She rents a beau­ti­ful house and then sud­denly ev­ery­one seems to make time to come.”


2017 / 1999 “I never ac­tu­ally smoked, but held the ci­gar as a prop,” says Ce­cil of his novem­ber 1999 cover shoot at Villa Ce­cil, his Pok­fu­lam bach­e­lor pad. eigh­teen years later, we’re back to recre­ate the shot—this time with a glass of whisky in hand. “De­spite my party boy im­age, I ac­tu­ally don’t drink much ei­ther, just a lit­tle bit of wine,” he says. has he changed a lot since the orig­i­nal photo was taken? “on the out­side, of course, but on the inside I haven’t changed at all. I still have the same amount of en­ergy. the only dif­fer­ence is that th­ese days I chan­nel most of it to­wards work and ex­er­cise in­stead of par­ty­ing.”

From Left to right: Vanessa

2017 / 2000 still youth­ful and ever so stylish, Vanessa, Vi­ola and reyna have not aged one bit since hong Kong tatler’s may 2000 mother’s day fea­ture. if you were to just look at them you’d think the recre­ated shot was done shortly af­ter the orig­i­nal—ex­cept, of course, for the “ba­bies,” who have mul­ti­plied and grown into young adults. spread out all over the world, some of the “kids” are now work­ing (na­dia and Kyara), some are in univer­sity (alexan­dra and Chloe) and some still in school in hong Kong (Chris­tian, Vic­to­ria and naomi). But there’s still one thing they all have in com­mon—they love their moth­ers, who did a great job of rais­ing their broods.

FLORA Zeta Cheong-leen

2017 / 1978 It was a scorch­ing 35 de­grees Cel­sius out­side when we met Flora for the re­cre­ation of her oc­to­ber 1978 fash­ion fea­ture, yet the heat didn’t faze her one bit as she posed ef­fort­lessly in a fur coat and knee-high boots. “At the time of the orig­i­nal shoot, I used to be an in-house model for Siberian Fur Store. I was still a stu­dent and was back in hong Kong from eng­land for the hol­i­days. It was such a fun ex­pe­ri­ence for me be­cause I was re­ally young and lived a sim­ple life­style, so shoot­ing in fur coats made me feel re­ally el­e­gant and so­phis­ti­cated”—two things she has cer­tainly be­come since that shoot.


2017 / 2005 “the orig­i­nal photo was for a din­ing out fea­ture we did in 2005 when tatler used to get peo­ple to try out new restau­rants around town,” says Candice. “this one was for a Korean res­tau­rant called Kaya.” Peter chimes in, “I just re­mem­ber a lot of steam com­ing out from the pot in front of us and feel­ing like I was get­ting a Korean soup fa­cial.” twelve years down the track and Candice has her own res­tau­rant, Ciao Chow—the site of our re­cre­ation. “I never imag­ined that Candice would be­come a big restau­ra­teur her­self,” Peter says, to which Candice re­sponds, “I wouldn’t call my­self a big restau­ra­teur, but thanks for the com­pli­ment, Peter.” the pair may now have a grey hair or two and a wrin­kle here and there, but their chem­istry hasn’t changed one bit.

Flora Zeta Cheong-leen wears a coat by kruf and boots by stu­art Weitz­man

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