French Chamber Gala Dinner takes wings of desire and gowns of elegance at Grand Hyatt
The French Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual gala dinner in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt hotel Wan Chai. The event, last Friday, was aptly themed Les Ailes du Desir (The Wings of Desire). 'Desire is what drives Hong Kong as a city,' the chamber's executive director, Maryse Kraatz, said.
More than 500 guests attended the gala, all dressed to the nines. Grand Cru wines accompanied a four-course dinner by chef Frederic Anton of three-Michelin-starred Paris restaurant Le Pre Catelan.
A runway set up by head table was used to showcase high-fashion house Elie Saab's latest pre-autumn ready-to-wear collection.
Models sashayed down the runway in Saab's signature sequined evening gowns, giving guests an incentive to buy raffle tickets for the chance to win a dress by the brand. Proceeds from the sale were donated to Music for the Growing Mind - a charity that introduces underprivileged children to classical music. The chamber raised HK$355,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by Foundation Saint-Exupery.
Guest Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the secretary for development, shared her appreciation for France. 'When I was in Paris and Cannes, I couldn't help but be inspired by the heritage of those cities,' she said.