Hong Kong Tatler Ball 2016: The Highlights


September 12, 2016 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

We relive the best moments from the society ball of the year


More than 350 of Hong Kong’s social elite packed their sense of adventure and headed to the Grand Hyatt for one of the region's most prestigious gatherings. Aptly themed “The Splendid Journey”, Hong Kong Tatler’s coveted soiree celebrated the art of travel.  Dressed in exquisite gowns and tuxes, the city’s socialites and corporate highflyers set off on the voyage via a travel-themed tunnel. A number of ladies - including Crazy Rouge, Jenny Chau, Joanna Hotung, Feiping Chang and Karen Mok - wore Shanghai Tang

Inside the cocktail lounge, esteemed guests absorbed awe-inspiring images taken by award-winning photographer Steve McCurry in Vacheron Constantin’s exhibition, whilst sipping on the 12-year-old fine oak Highland single malt at The Macallan Bar.

The evening festivities kicked off with a showcase of attendees’ favourite holiday snaps, presented by two masters of ceremonies, Sean Fitzpatrick, chief creative officer of Edipresse Media Asia, and TV personality and producer Sean Lee-Davies, wearing stylish tuxedos by Ermenegildo ZegnaMichel Lamunière, executive chairman of Edipresse Media Asia welcomed guests as they immersed themselves in the safari-inspired ambience. Under a  canopy of vintage maps and spotlights inside the Grand Ballroom, a compass-inspired menu laid out a five-course dinner full of flavours from around the world. Diners savoured an array of global delicacies, from Canadian lobster with roasted Hungarian foie gras terrine to Chilean black cod and Austrian pumpkin seed oil, renowned as the world’s most expensive edible oil. Throughout the evening, the stunning ballroom was transformed into a kaleidoscope of exotic scenes, as high society revelled in the wonders of the world, from New Zealand mountain ranges to the Icelandic Northern Lights.

Taking centre stage was the Tatler Awards, a coveted honour that pays tribute to individuals who have contributed significantly to society. First up was the Most Promising Young Lady Award which went to Kristine Li, the stunning Stanford graduate and granddaughter of property tycoon Lee Shau-kee. Li is heading the family business’ latest project, H Queen’s, a property development enterprise promoting arts and culture in Hong Kong.

Venture capitalist Kent Ho, who received the Leader of Tomorrow Award, is the founder of Spectrum 28 Capital, one of the largest new early stage VC funds in Silicon Valley. Aside from his role as the executive director of Sing Tao News Corporation, Ho also serves as a managing partner and co-founder of Harbour Pacific Capital. Both awards were presented by Edipresse Media Asia's CEO Zita Ong.

Taking home the Most Stylish Woman Award was glamorous Valerie Chow, a Hong Kong fashion icon and the founder of designer children's boutique Mama Kid. The top honour, the Diamond Award, was bestowed upon Hon. Ronald Arculli, a senior partner at King & Wood Mallesons, chairman of the FWD Group and vice-chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.  Presented by Lamunière, the award pays tribute to Arculli’s significant contributions to society. Awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2010, the cultured polymath has a wide range of interests, from the arts to politics to horse racing. Legendary photographer McCurry presented Arculli with a signed and personalised coffee-table book on the night as a special keepsake. 

The soiree ended on a high note with a performance by American band Liquid Blue – who aptly hold the Guinness World Record for Most Travelled Bandhaving performed in over 100 countries. The San Diego-based ensemble blared out pop, hip-hop and rock classics as guests filled the dance floor to let their hair down.

Relive the night by going through all the images and videos here

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