Roaring Twenties party makes life more fun amid economic crisis
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen.
We're in the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. So the gals at Hong Kong lifestyle blog Dimsum & Thensome figured: why not go back another few years for a party? To celebrate their website's second year of chronicling what's fun and fab in town, founders Kelly Berlin and Neveen Aziz (pictured) decided to throw a Roaring Twenties party on Wednesday night at the Kee Club. Certainly, no one was feeling recessed or depressed at the fete. The women were dressed as 1920s flappers and gentlemen in Fred Astaire derby hats, and all were swinging along to a jazz band led by Howard McCrary. The highlight was the arrival of an enormous chocolate cake from Vero.
'It's a double chocolate truffle cake,' Aziz said. 'Given the current climate, people are still partying. Hong Kong is just a fun-loving city. A lot of our readers now know each other so it was a great night.'
Aziz's cheerful demeanour isn't a case of denial. Rather, it sounds more like the observation and perspective of a jet-set businesswoman. 'Things are down. You notice it on a personal level and in shops, but compared to London and other places, it's still very positive here. It's good for us because companies that were previously very conservative in their marketing are now thinking outside the box and approaching us. We have a lot of plans in the pipeline, like making the site more interactive, maybe expand across Asia. Ultimately, we're trying to make everyone's life a little more fabulous.'