To Our Read­ers

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What a year 2017 was! It was a ma­jor land­mark for Hong Kong Tatler, our 40th an­niver­sary—four decades of chron­i­cling the essence of this won­der­ful city. With our deep con­nec­tions in so­ci­ety, we’ve been able to record the most glam­orous and im­por­tant events over that pe­riod, and to gain the in­sights and per­spec­tives of the in­flu­en­tial fig­ures shap­ing the city. The year’s nu­mer­ous an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions came to a cli­max with the Hong Kong Tatler Ball, a splen­did af­fair held at the Grand Hy­att in Septem­ber (p.56). From po­lit­i­cal and busi­ness heavy­weights to celebri­ties, phi­lan­thropists and so­ci­ety dar­lings, close to 400 of Hong Kong’s best and bright­est at­tended the so­cial event of the sea­son.

We love to cover great par­ties, and 2017 had a good share of grand cel­e­bra­tions, such as Michelle Ong’s First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion din­ner (p.68), which show­cased the work of five celebrity chefs and a pro­gramme of in­spir­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances, and the Am­bas­sadors Ball (p.70), at which our very own chief con­tent of­fi­cer and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Sean Fitz­patrick, per­formed with his band, Chor­dus In­ter­rup­tus.

An­other high­light of the cal­en­dar was the un­veil­ing at an ex­clu­sive party of the sec­ond class of Gen­er­a­tion T (p.58), a plat­form we cre­ated in 2016 to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the city’s most promis­ing emerg­ing tal­ent. We called on a panel of busi­ness and cul­tural veter­ans, a group we call the Tatler Tribe, to help iden­tify 50 out­stand­ing per­form­ers in a num­ber of sec­tors, from ed­u­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy to film, art, de­sign and the me­dia. The panel in­cluded, for ex­am­ple, hos­pi­tal­ity guru Yenn Wong and ar­chi­tect An­dré Fu, who are both mem­bers of our 500 List (p.110).

Speak­ing of the 500 List, as so­ci­ety evolves from year to year, new fig­ures rise to promi­nence, mean­ing oth­ers have to make room for them. Com­pil­ing the list is a dif­fi­cult process re­quir­ing much re­search and con­sul­ta­tion. We hope you agree with our judg­ment—which we also ap­plied to what peo­ple were wear­ing through the year. Check out Hong Kong’s Best Dressed (p.98) for 50 of the most stylish A-lis­ters seen out and about. We take fash­ion a step fur­ther with a jeal­ously in­duc­ing look into the dress­ing rooms of six of the city’s chicest women (p.86). And for a nos­tal­gic look back at some fa­mil­iar faces from our pho­to­graphic ar­chive, turn to page p.76.

We trust you will enjoy re­liv­ing the mem­o­rable mo­ments recorded in the fol­low­ing pages, the best of 2017. And you can count on our team to cap­ture the best of what’s to come in 2018. — Kim­berly Hu, Di­rec­tor of VIP Re­la­tions, Ed­i­to­rial and Events — Chris­tian Bar­low, So­ci­ety Editor

CAM­ERA READY The Tatler Ball kicked off the so­cial sea­son with a night of glam­our and fun for the city’s movers and shak­ers

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