De­sign for Life

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note - —Jakki Phillips Edi­tor-in-chief

This year’s Asia’s Most Stylish cover story is all about curves and an­gles—and I’m not just talk­ing about the eight fash­ion­istas who jet­ted into Ma­cau to star in our epic three-day shoot. With its kalei­do­scope of geo­met­ric shapes, flow­ing fu­tur­is­tic in­te­ri­ors and soar­ing 35-me­tre high atrium, our venue, the Zaha Ha­did-de­signed Mor­pheus ho­tel, proved an ar­chi­tec­tural su­per­model in its own right. Our Most Stylish award re­cip­i­ents—one from each of Tatler’s eight Asian ti­tles—were ex­cited to pose against its dra­matic arches and bold tex­tured walls, tak­ing as many self­ies as our pho­tog­ra­pher, Joel Lim, did shots. “It’s not of­ten you have to com­pete against your shoot lo­ca­tion,” joked Fanny Tsai, our Most Stylish Wo­man from Tai­wan, “but th­ese in­te­ri­ors are re­ally at­ten­tion-grab­bing. I’m go­ing to have to up my game.”

For our cover, Ming Ho-tang is cap­tured twirling against the ho­tel’s skele­tal glass and steel in­te­ri­ors dressed in Chris­tian Dior. In an­other shot Ming, who is the di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate devel­op­ment at Li & Fung, de­liv­ers a heav­enly hit of chic­ness in a flo­ral Dolce & Gab­bana dress framed by a cas­cad­ing glass chan­de­lier in the fine­din­ing restau­rant Alain Ducasse at Mor­pheus.

Filipino model and TV per­son­al­ity-turned­politi­cian Lucy Tor­res-gomez pairs a strik­ing striped Proenza Schouler dress with the el­e­gant earth-toned fur­nish­ings of Chi­nese restau­rant Yi, while 21-year-old In­sta­gram star and style in­flu­encer Natasha Lau looks suit­ably serene by the sky pool in a Louis Vuit­ton dress and daz­zling Cindy Chao ear­rings. Turn to page 100 to see the full shoot and read the sar­to­rial mus­ings of our Most Stylish awardees.

We con­tinue to cel­e­brate ground-break­ing de­sign in State of Play, a vis­ual es­say on page 124 that ex­plores the 10th an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion of home-grown ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio Eskyiu. Oliver Giles takes a tour with founders Marisa Yiu and Eric Schulden­frei and dis­cov­ers a fun ret­ro­spec­tive that in­vites visi­tors to don gym gear and shoot hoops.

Ap­proach­ing ar­chi­tec­ture from a wildly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive is ex­per­i­men­tal the­atre di­rec­tor Mathias Woo, who has teamed up with the queen of Hong Kong rock and roll, Josie Ho, for a show in­spired by our unique cityscape. Ti­tled The Ar­chi­tec­ture of the City and in­spired by the Pritzker Prize-win­ning ar­chi­tect Aldo Rossi’s sem­i­nal book of the same name, the con­cert will use mul­ti­me­dia, mu­sic and the­atre to ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a com­mu­nity and their phys­i­cal sur­round­ings. With a set crafted to re­sem­ble bam­boo scaf­fold­ing, and cos­tumes made from re­cy­cled plas­tic, pa­per and cans, this show prom­ises to be the hottest ticket in town, so check out our story on page 43, then get book­ing.

MOST STYLISH From left: Ming Ho-tang of Hong Kong, Lucy Tor­res-gomez of the Philip­pines and Natasha Lau of Main­land China

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