Cherie Chung steals the show at Prada's store opening

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 April, 2008, 12:00am

The main attraction for guests at Prada's Elements store opening on Wednesday was supposed to be a fantastical artsy five-minute French animated film, but the media sequestered outside were far more interested in one of the celebrity guests who arrived an hour late.

Frankly, the event's animated attraction, Trembled Blossoms by artist James Jean, was a tad underwhelming. The flower and mythological images are slightly creepy and nebulous. Imagine Rene Laloux's The Fantastic Planet as a fashion commercial (see the animation for yourself on Prada's website).

With another art party by Fendi around the corner in Harbour City, people eventually tired of standing around and the crowd had thinned out considerably by the time veteran actress Cherie Chung Chor-hung found her way to the mall. She apparently got lost in the West Kowloon traffic maze. It was Chung's first public appearance since her businessman husband Michael Chu Ka-ting died last summer.

'I'm feeling more upbeat now as I'm beginning to wear more colour again,' Chung said. 'I'm still adjusting to life without my husband and, honestly, it is not easy for me. I'm just reading a lot of books and exercising to stay happy and in shape. At this moment I don't have a clear idea of what I will do with my life. In my heart, I know there are many things I would like to try. I may not necessarily return to acting but more charity work is a possibility. And doing more environmental promotion is definitely on my agenda.'