Lo sets tone with a tie from Rome

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 June, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 June, 1993, 12:00am

NOT even the howling wind and spitting rain outside could dampen the high spirits of a large throng of guests assembled in the lobby of the Regal Hongkong as it officially opened its doors yesterday.

Setting the tone to the colourful occasion was proud Regal International chairman Y. S. Lo, whose brilliant tie was the subject of admiring words from Australian Consul General Dr Jocelyn Chey.

''No one can match your tie, it is beautiful,'' admired Dr Chey, while Canadian Commissioner John Higginbotham, glancing down at his own tie, nodded in agreement. Responded Mr Lo: ''Actually, I had no choice. My wife bought it for me in Rome.'' In fact, the Lo family was in good fashion form. Wife Kitty stood out in a multi-coloured high-neck number, while teenage daughter Po-man made her own statement in trendy platform shoes.

Also displaying a sartorial stance of his own was Regal Hongkong general manager Dutchman Ike Perquin, looking impressive in black tie - in the middle of the afternoon mind! The guest list to the opening of the 425-room five-star hotel in Causeway Bay was diverse and distinguished.

Apart from the representatives of the diplomatic corp, we spotted Legislative Councillors Selina Chow, Howard Young and Philip Wong, businessman Gary Harilela, banker Paul Selway-Swift, hotelier Felix Bieger and the doyenne of ballet, Jean Wong.

As the drums thundered, the lion dancers leapt and the television camera whirred, it was business as usual at the hotel itself. So two guests arriving in the hotel's gold Rolls-Royce at the front door in the midst of this cacophony of celebration had a ''What - all this for me?'' glow in their eyes.

Bet they'll always stay at a Regal hotel!