High key


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.

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