Jovovich spices up Prada's police bash

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 May, 2004, 12:00am

Hong Kong's fashionistas got dressed up again earlier this month for Miuccia Prada's visit to open the Prada flagship store in Hong Kong.

Not to be out done by Louis Vuitton and Armani, which held much-ballyhooed parties weeks earlier, Prada threw a lavish bash at the former Police Marine Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui for more than 1,300 of Hong Kong's social and business elite.

As guests entered the garden and veranda, they were transported back in time to a classic English Gentleman's Club - if you ignored the humidity and heat - where socialites Pansy Ho Chiu-king, Audrey Chiu, Tansy Tom, Reyna and Tiana Harilela, Shirley Hiranand and Marie Raphael chatted with Giovanni Del Vecchio, Prada's Asia-Pacific commercial director, and Giovanni Di Salvo, Asia-Pacific general manager.

After they tired of being 'gentlemanly', guests were ushered down a corridor to the courtyard, where they were greeted by a huge marquee that had been wallpapered with Amo-Oma Rem Koolhaas' art, displaying a futuristic landscape.

Adjoining the courtyard was a blue velvet disco area, where the beautiful Hollywood actress Milla Jovovich and her entourage danced to London DJs Steve Mackie and Dan Lywood, who played 1970s favourites.

The strip between the two areas was thronged with celebrities and socialites - because that was the area with air-conditioning. Actor Daniel Wu enjoyed the cool air as did actresses Michelle Reis and Chang Chen, Michelle and Didier Li, Michelle Li, Vanessa Yeung, Ying-Yee Ho, Ming Ho, Francis Gouten and Francois Delage and Vicky Lam.

Despite a few complaints about the heat, everyone had a ball.