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Hong Kong Tatler February 2019

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.

Hong Kong SAR China
Edipresse Media Hong Kong Ltd
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12 Issues


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around asia

Lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs Seth Yap and Lea Chan grace the cover and reveal their plans for M101, their real estate development company, which is behind some of Malaysia’s most exciting skyscrapers, hotels and resorts. Lucy Torres-Gomez, honoured as Philippine Tatler’s Most Stylish Woman last year, stars on the cover. A former television personality, Lucy now serves as a congresswoman for the fourth district of the province of Leyte, where she was born. Celebrated authors Hao Jingfang and Wang Zhanhei share the cover. Both have recently picked up major awards, with Jingfang winning the prestigious Hugo Award and Zhanhei taking home the Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize. Singaporean doctor and fashion savant Georgia Lee showcases her edgy aesthetic in this month’s cover story. Also, art champions Emi Eu and Audrey Yeo give the low-down on their new platform…

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pledges for the future

What does the word luxury mean today? In a world of rising pollution and plastic waste, the definition no longer reflects just expensive indulgences. Luxury is fast becoming the simple things we once took for granted—blue skies, fresh air, clean oceans and wholesome food. And if we desire the luxury of living on an unspoilt planet, then we need to start protecting it—now. It was this alarming realisation that spurred Edipresse Media Asia’s chief innovation officer, Julie Lee, to gather industry leaders from across the region for the inaugural Asia Tatler Sustainability Forum at Soneva Kiri in Thailand late last year. After three days of brainstorming, workshops and debate, delegates such as William Davies, head of sustainability at Swire Beverages in Hong Kong, Thailand’s Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, executive vice-president of Sukosol…

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going green

At many photo shoots, conversation inevitably turns to the racks of designer clothes lining the studio or the velvet trays of diamond jewellery lying on the tables. Not so at this month’s cover shoot. Instead, the topic of the day was reusable water bottles. Are metal bottles best or do they leave an odd aftertaste? Are silicone bottles as environmentally friendly as glass? Will glass bottles smash in your bag? Perhaps this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The 10 women who took part in our shoot are the co-founders of EcoDrive, a Hong Kong-based organisation that aims to reduce the use of single-use plastics in the city through its ambitious educational programmes and workshops with corporations. But being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally treat yourself. After photographer Jason Capobianco took…

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MELISSA TWIGG The British journalist meets a group of glamorous young women with a lot more than marriage on their minds in Coming of Age (p.58) What’s your next travel destination? I’m far too delicate for a dark English winter, so I now spend January and February at my parents’ house in Cape Town—and I’m planning a trip up to Malawi while I’m there. Who would play you in a movie? Someone once said I looked like Oona Chaplin and I was immensely flattered, so let’s say her. Valentine’s Day plans? Crashing my parents’ romantic dinner like any good thirtysomething temporarily living at home. One debutante whose style you like? I loved Elizabeth Starling Lewis’ princess gown—she looked like a young Princess Grace. And her knowledge of politics was impressive. What’s one detail about the debutante ball that you loved? The…

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RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: WERQ THE WORLD TOUR The glittering drag show, which features the Emmy-winning reality series’ cast, including Asia O’Hara and Eureka O’Hara, makes its Asian debut. At the HKAPA. hkticketing.com VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra delivers an evening of romance with love ballads from the ’60s, such as Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love, the Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody and West Side Story’s Tonight. At the Cultural Centre. urbtix.hk THE GREAT GATSBY F Scott Fitzgerald’s gut-wrenching tale of love, excess comes alive in the Asian premiere of Hong Kong Ballet artistic director Septime Webre’s decadent production. At the HKAPA until February 16. hkticketing.com PHILIP GLASS’ DAVID BOWIE As part of its Swire Denim Series of concerts, this month the Hong Kong Philharmonic is hosting one of the most avant-garde classical music…

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thrilling ride

All the excitement and glamour of the grand slam of showjumping returns to Hong Kong this month at the Longines Masters, where Asian riders will be vying for a rich new purse. The action-packed three days of competition at AsiaWorld-Expo will include the inaugural Hong Kong Jockey Club Asian Challenge, with the riders vying for a prize of HK$250,000. The Asian showjumpers competing this year, the seventh edition of the event, include Hong Kong riders Jacqueline Lai and Raena Leung. Another Hongkonger, Asian Games equestrian gold medallist Jacqueline Siu, will also be entertaining the spectators with the beautiful precision of a dressage performance. Competition kicks off on February 15 with the AsiaWorld-Expo Trophy, where horses and riders vie for honours over a course of 1.45-metre fences. The day continues with the…