Tatler Hong Kong

Tatler Hong Kong

September 2020

The last word in high society and the life luxurious, Hong Kong Tatler has been chronicling the lives of the city’s elite since 1977. From insider access to the most exclusive parties and events in Hong Kong and beyond, to authoritative coverage of art, fashion, wine, dining and travel, to face-to-face interviews with the people that really matter, Hong Kong Tatler takes you closer to the highest echelons of society than anyone else.

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around asia

TATLER HONG KONG On the cover of Tatler Hong Kong are property tycoon Cecil Chao and his daughter Gigi. The duo discuss rebuilding their relationship after Cecil sparked a global media storm in 2012 by publicly offering US$65 million to any man who could convince Gigi, once described as the “most famous lesbian in Asia”, to marry him. tatlerhongkong.com TATLER INDONESIA Justin Lim, the director of the multi-pronged, globe-spanning Hemera Group, talks about pivoting his businesses in Southeast Asia in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He is planning to open Covid-19 testing labs in Indonesia and glove and mask factories in Malaysia, among other projects. tatlerindonesia.com TATLER MALAYSIA On the cover of Tatler Malaysia’s September issue is acclaimed rug designer Omar Khan, whose creations can be seen in luxury hotels and designer stores around the…

living legacies

Legacy is a subject that is at the heart and soul of Tatler Hong Kong, one that drives ambitious upstarts to build empires and families, over generations, to become dynasties. Legacies are great stories, fascinating in their ups and downs, ins and outs, triumphs and setbacks. But for this issue, we look at legacy from a more contemporary lens, taking into account that Hong Kong is a city at a crossroads, where the future may seem very different depending on your age, class and political point of view, and that the entire world is changing as a result of stunning social movements. Some legacies are particularly, or peculiarly, complicated, strikingly so in the case of property tycoon Cecil Chao and his daughter, Gigi, who discuss the rather unconventional dynamics of their relationship…

the guest list

PJ LAM Originally from Hong Kong, photographer PJ Lam is now based in New York and Paris. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel. In this month’s issue, Lam photographed the fashion shoot in Los Angeles (p.114) MARK WILLIAMS & SARA HIRAKAWA Husband-and-wife team Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa first met while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. Their photographs have appeared in Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone. They have shot numerous high-profile actresses and TV stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman and Oprah Winfrey. For Tatler, the couple photographed South African model and writer Maye Musk, who is also the mother of tech titan Elon Musk (p.208) WAI WAI Illustrator Wai Wai was born and is based in Hong Kong, where she produces her own art and creations…

over the moon

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest: this year on October 1. Worshipping the moon stems from the Chinese legend of Chang’e, a woman who stole her husband’s immortality elixir. As she became as light as air, she flew to the moon, leaving behind the heartbroken Houyi, who would leave his wife’s favourite snacks and fruits in their garden and look at the moon. The tale spawned a number of festival customs dating back to as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1046 to 256 BC) that are still practised today. WOMAN IN THE MOON The moon is exceptionally round and bright on this day, and some believe Chang’e herself is the reason. The Song dynasty poet Su…

did you know?

Mooncakes aren’t the only festive food. In certain areas of Guangdong, people also eat taro, a root vegetable, because its Chinese name “yu tou” sounds similar to “hu tou”, a phrase that evokes a Mongolian invasion in 1279 during the Song dynasty. Coincidentally, mid-autumn is when the tubers are harvested, making it a perfectly seasonal food. Then, in the late Yuan dynasty, paper slips with messages of a revolution against the “hu” rulers were hidden inside mooncakes. Now, Fujian locals scoop out the core of mooncakes for older relatives to eat, which symbolises how secrets are not to be leaked out to younger generations.…

hot out of the oven

1 SPRING MOON’S EGG CUSTARD MOONCAKE Invented at the Peninsula’s Michelin-starred Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Spring Moon, these handmade golden mooncakes with a custard filling have been a festive staple since 1986. For every purchase this year, the Peninsula will donate HK$50 to Impact HK, which tackles homelessness in Hong Kong. 2 SHANG PALACE’S MOCHI MOONCAKE New to the Kowloon Shangri-La’s Cantonese restaurant are executive Chinese chef Cheung Long-Yin’s handmade Japanese fusion mooncakes. A yuzu-flavoured mochi is folded into a thin layer of red bean paste inside a rich matcha crust to create a combination of contrasting chewy and crisp textures. 3 FEATHER & BONE’S PORK MOONCAKE For anyone who has ever reached for a mooncake expecting something more akin to a British pork pie: delicatessen Feather & Bone presents an elevated take on both snacks,…