NANA OU-YANG, THAT’S who. She’s Taiwanese and only 17, but she’s having her moment – and we’re hoping it lasts a long time. The teenage cello sensation has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the last few years and has also become an actor in her own right – which perhaps isn’t surprising, given she comes from a veteran family of the stage and screen.
Before we race into our fashion coverage full-on, we take a moment to step back and pause. The industry was mortified by the death of design legend Azzedine Alaïa on November 18 and we wanted to revisit some of his greatest hits for your honourable delectation. How much we miss the mirthful man who beat his own path, creating work of the highest covetability from his dynamic atelier in the heart of The Marais in Paris. The stuff of legend, indeed.
Back in fast-forward mode, designer Michael Kors tells of his love for China and the range and instinctive style of his favourite It-girl Yang Mi; a crew of Salvatore Ferragamo executives outline how the brand’s provenance supports their plan to lead from the front; we peek inside a little box of dreams at the Hermès headquarters in Paris; and Australian fashion blogger Margaret Zhang shoots and chats with us about her latest iteration – as a film director.
Art takes centre stage with contemporary mainland Chinese culturepreneur Kelly Ying, co-founder of Shanghai’s Art021. Ying hasn’t just anticipated China’s cultural future, she is its future. Los Angeles-based photographer and film-maker Alex Prager, who happens to be collected by Chinese clients in Ying’s coterie, returns to Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong this month for her second show in the city.
We travel and indulge in the splendour of the newly opened Bulgari Resort Dubai, which brings Italian sophistication and modern design to the heart of the Middle East. Located on Jumeira
Bay, a man-made island in the shape of a seahorse, #legend was privileged to be among the first to see it – and on this evidence, the Italian jeweller certainly knows how to make a statement of understatement when it comes to its properties.
We also take this issue to consider mental health matters. Following Hong Kong’s inaugural Mental Health Conference in November, we speak with co-founder Dr Lucy Lord about the prevalence of mental health illness in the city. In the year 2015–16, for example, 921 Hongkongers committed suicide. It is estimated that one-in-six Hong Kong residents either have, or will experience, a common mental disorder, like anxiety or depression, in their lifetime.
As we enter 2018, it’s a salient reminder of pressing concerns. Our watchword for the year is “listen”. We can be liked and loved in the digital world, but most of all, we need to be heard and understood. Here’s wishing all of our readers a happy, successful and vigilant 2018.