To Our Readers
The year’s calendar of black-tie events and fundraising galas was full of surprises, some welcome, like the T. rex centrepiece of an exhibition organised by the First Initiative Foundation, and some not so, like Typhoon Mangkhut, which turned out to be the most powerful storm to have hit Hong Kong since records began in 1946. When news broke that Mangkhut was destined to strike on the night of the Tatler Ball, we feared the worst, that the typhoon would wash away months of hard work. Thankfully, the overwhelming sentiment of our supportive Tatler community was: “The show must go on.” And it did, with 380 titans of business, philanthropy and high society flocking to the Grand Hyatt to celebrate another great year for the magazine in charting the lives of the city’s most affluent and influential—a year that saw our landmark 500th issue hit the streets.
But rather than looking back, the theme of the ball, “Science. Space. The Future,” threw the focus forward. Guests dined in a ballroom transformed to resemble a spaceship transporting them 100 years into the future. You can relive the night—without the stress of Mangkhut—by turning to page 88 for a photo essay showcasing details of the evening.
At Hong Kong Tatler, we pride ourselves on our deep connections to society and are thankful we’re invited to the city’s most worthy and glamorous galas to witness the Tatler community raising millions of dollars for great causes—and, of course, we love to party with the city’s movers and shakers.
I was fortunate enough to attend most of these spectacular events. My favourite moments include the spontaneous danceoff at the Hong Kong Ballet Beatles Benefit (p.62), where Pansy Ho proved victorious, and seeing throngs of children gathered in the atrium of IFC Mall for the unveiling of the gigantic T. rex fossil Michelle Ong managed to lure to Hong Kong (p.72).
One of the perks of my role is being able to connect and interact with members of Hong Kong’s diverse community. Given that society is constantly evolving, it’s a challenge every year to compile our annual 500 List. Turn to page 110 to see if you can spot the arrivals and departures.
Because the red carpets of the year’s events provide ideal runways for the city’s stylish to display their finery, it’s a treat to compile our 50 Best Dressed feature (p.98). With the likes of Michelle Ma- Chan in Christian Dior Haute Couture, Jonathan Cheung in Saint Laurent and our Most Stylish Woman, Ming Ho-Tang, in Oscar de la Renta, we never cease to be amazed by the magnificent displays of sartorial elegance.
Looking back, 2018 was full of great moments and wonderful memories, and I look forward to capturing the best of what’s to come in 2019.
BLAST OFF The Hong Kong Tatler Ball had a futuristic theme