A lot has happened back in October for my good friend, Gary Wong, who opened his fourth shop in Hong Kong at the newly renovated Leighton Centre in Causeway Bay and celebrated his company’s 10th anniversary with a party at The Peninsula Hong Kong’s glamorous lounge bar Salon de Ning. And such a bad friend I am to only post these news now. So sorry dude! I hope this feature will make up for it. You know I would love to help you whenever you ask me to… (but what’s with this shot of the shop front? Couldn’t you wait until that black car has passed?) Oh, readers, I hear there’s also a Shine Bazaar for all those off-seasons goodies at the top levels of the Winsor House in Causeway Bay at the moment. Just take a look at the gigantic poster posted on one side of the Winsor House’s carpark entrance. You can’t miss it, you shouldn’t miss it! Go have a browse now.
Shop G09 Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Tel: 2881 0828
I know it’s pointless to keep apologizing on my blog post for being late, so I promise that I will try my best to post these events on a more timely fashion like my fellow blogger friends. Now… get ready for a week of events, all the biggest and hottest fashion shows in town. Starting with the Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion presentation and party that took place on August 18th at The Landmark Atrium. This season, Marc Jacobs takes a new turn from his Spring/Summer 2011 boxy outlines and gives this collection body hugging silhouettes with fitted mid-length skirts and tailored coats – there was also an abundance use of polka-dots too. Making a clever use of the brand’s shop location on the second floor, the set of escalators near the shop were incorporated into the fashion show as part of the runway for the models – giving the audience a nice surprise. I’ve been to many parties and fashion shows that took place here but this was the first time that I’ve seen it done this way. It was awesome! Oh, and I love the mini bite size meringues, please keep them coming!!
Apologies for the delay of this post but the social season is officially in full swing and I’m still trying to catch my breaths between parties and figuring out what to wear for each of them. So here are the photos of the Tory Burch Autumn/Winter 2011 collection press preview that I was invited to at Jars in Central on July 28. This season, Tory gives the good old American sportswear and the classic English outdoors clothing a feminine twist. Silhouettes are elongated with floor length full skirts and trousers, teamed with long coats, in all the materials that I love – shearling, leather, tweeds, lace, chiffon and sequins. Accessories include an array of colourful patterned and leather handbags, sweet suede satchels, stacked heel boots and soft-comfy loafers. Go buy it! Wear it! Love it!
What an honour it was for me to meet Mr. Matteo Marzotto, chairman of French haute-couture house Vionnet, who was in town to host the Autumn/Winter 2011 preview at Joyce Boutique in Central on July 13. If you are not familiar with his last name, the Marzotto group is the world’s leading Italian textile manufacturer with a history that dates back to 1836. Is not hard to find this gentleman charming, stylish and well-dressed, after all, he was on the Vanity Fair’s 2009 International Best Dressed list. And if you are wondering who was the one that shook things up for Valentino so that now the brand has made it back on our wishlists, Mattoe Marzotto is the man – spearheading the brand as chairman, after his family, the Marzotto group, had acquired the fashion house in 2002. It was then after he has stepped down at Valentino in 2008 that Marzotto (and Gianni Castiglioni) acquired Vionnet with the aim to revive the Parisian label. So look out everyone, Vionnet for sure will be making a splash. Looking at the beautiful clothes on the clothing rail, you can see how Marzotto did what he said, that is, “to relaunch an idea of fashion that is contemporary, without forgetting the outstanding aspects of its history”. So what piece of history is there that we must not forget? Well, little did I know, Madeleine Vionnet, who established her label in 1912, was known as the Queen of the bias cut – the pioneer in introducing the bias cut to the world – famous for her talent in creating pieces that accentuated and draped to the female form and their movements. Today, Vionnet represents the perfect marriage between French haute-couture and ready-to-wear. The pieces are exceptionally well-made with the most luxurious materials and embellishment, the designs are clean, elegant, wearable, as well as functional all at the same time. Now, you’ll know what to look for next time you’re in store, but before that, see the gallery below for the items that I like. I have my eyes on those Giuseppe for Vionnet high heels, the electric blue lace-cut dress and those stunning evening gowns… oh, the list goes on and on. I want to wear them all. But first, I think I’ll wear the totally awesome gold bangle that I received as a press gift. Ahem, everyone, this also means that the best store in the whole wide world has recognised me as blogger. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Joyce, I love you!
(P.S. whoever picked the Maxim’s catering, you did a great job! The food was so so good!!)
My wonderful girlfriend, fashion stylist Marie Lebailly, and her man, Lyès Sidhoum, is going to have their first child in July – a baby girl, named Luna Mei. Being one of her closest buddies in Hong Kong, of course it’s up to me to get everyone together and throw her a baby shower. Since the eighth-month pregnant lady could only cope with an afternoon appointment, we decided that an afternoon tea party will be the most wholesome way to celebrate the occasion. Before I had to ask the ladies whether they like the idea or not, all of them were already popping up with names as to which place has the best scones, the best finger sandwiches and the best cakes. Hmm… and I thought only the pregnant ladies won’t mind the extra calories. As the conversation carried on, we concluded to go for Sevva‘s heavenly signature afternoon tea set and their all-so-amazing cakes, especially since some of our friends have not yet tried the Sevva’s Original Caramel Crunch Cake and Pineapple Carrot Cake – how can we let them miss out? But there’s another cake on our minds now that we’re booking Sevva, that’s not on their tea set menu, a cake named Marie-Antoinette’s Crave – a pistachio chiffon cake filled with fresh cream and raspberries fillings, covered by colourful macaroons and edible pearlettes, pictured below. The perfect centerpiece to have for a gathering like this one – the bold pink cotton candy fluff on top of the cake certainly makes an impression, and with it, the entire cake stands as tall as a three-tier cake. The cake itself is not too big, good enough to share between the seven of us, leaving a piece for the mommy-to-be to take home for later. The signature tea set, HK$520 + 10% for 2 persons including tea and coffee, also has the meanest mini-burgers in town: crab cake and short rib – that for sure you’ll want to skip lunch and leave room for. Reservations by email was a jiffy. Oh, don’t forget to book the outdoor terrace on a fine day to take advantage of the beautiful panoramic view overlooking the city skyline.
The Marie-Antoinette’s Crave cake at Sevva – I know the pink cotton candy is, possibly, referring to Marie-Antoinette’s wig or her hairstyles, but for me, this cake is colourful, kind of bold and a little crazy, all in the cutest, most lovable way – just like my friend Marie. Can’t wait to meet you Luna Mei! XOXO