Lady Dunn keeps flag flying for jeweller Kai-yin
NO wonder Kai-yin Lo was all smiles yesterday. Sitting next to the internationally acclaimed Hong Kong jeweller at the Convention Centre (where we had assembled to hear who had won the Kai-yin Lo Award) was Executive Councillor Lady Dunn.
Lady Dunn is the supreme ambassador for Kai-yin's intricate semi-precious trinkets.
''She wears my jewellery all over the world, which is not only a boost for me but also for Hong Kong design,'' said Kai-yin.
Lady Dunn was among the judges who chose this year's award-winner, Malaysian-born Quo Wei Yen, whose entry, featuring a necklace, ring, bangle and earrings, was entitled Embrace.
Quo won a trophy, $10,000 and, most importantly, an apprenticeship with Kai-yin.
Prizes also went to Luk Wai-lan, Chan Dick-on and Mak Lai-ping for their innovative creations.
Explaining her reasons for initiating this award to encourage young artisans, Kay-yin said: ''As a rule, artists are so wrapped within themselves that they are often poor promoters of their work. But as someone who from her own experience understands this problem, I hope I can help point them in the right direction.'' Two other judges making their own fashion statements, jewellery-wise, were entrepreneur Alan Zie Yongder and designer Flora Cheong-Leen.
Alan was wearing a gold and diamond encrusted pin which depicted the Sun City he is building in China. Flora had glass and metal crosses hanging all over her person.
''I'm trying to keep the devil away,'' she affirmed. Whatever could she mean?