Hong Kong Tatler - - Upfront -

At 7:45pm, guests were ush­ered into the ball­room, which had been trans­formed into a glit­ter­ing ver­sion of Hong Kong af­ter dark. Thin sil­ver beams from LEDS mim­icked the city’s sky­scrapers at night, with pro­jec­tions of the sky­line glim­mer­ing around the ball­room.

As guests took their seats, a video mon­tage re­call­ing four decades of Hong Kong Tatler re­portage un­folded on LED screens ac­com­pa­nied by hyp­notic melodies played on the hand­pan by lo­cal in­stru­men­tal­ist Chor Lai, a mes­meris­ing open­ing to the din­ner.

Await­ing each guest at the ta­bles was a Hong Kong Tatler selfie light for at­tach­ing to their smart­phones to en­sure per­fectly lit pho­tos. The lights proved to be a huge hit, with hun­dreds of self­ies posted to In­sta­gram dur­ing the night. The ta­bles also bore spe­cial pop-up pro­grammes de­signed by lo­cal artists Stick­y­line, and Mom and Pop. The clever graphic pro­duc­tions in­cor­po­rated a Hong Kong trans­port theme, rep­re­sent­ing tra­di­tional junks and the Star Ferry to, in true Tatler style, a pri­vate jet, with “40” spelt out in fire­works on their last page.

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