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Hong Kong Tatler Society - - Contents - — Chris­tian Bar­low, Direc­tor of VIP Con­tent & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions hong kong tatler . so­ci­ety 2019

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

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