Megawatt smiles from Kate Moss, but model is lost among the fashion groupies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am

About 1,000 guests flooded into the Longchamp store on Queen's Road Central on Tuesday, trying to catch a glimpse of supermodel Kate Moss.

Moss left town yesterday after a three-day trip for the opening of the French handbag brand's Asian flagship store. Longchamp has also employed her to design several lines of leather bags.

The model, wearing a qipao and black patent leather pumps, was nevertheless hard to spot among the enthusiastic fashion groupies. She appeared only briefly at the shopfront for the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Longchamp president Philippe Cassegrain, chief executive Jean Cassegrain and artistic director Sophie Delafontaine. But she even forgot to raise a glass of bubbly to toast the store and had to be ushered back to proceed with the ceremony.

Unlike the other guests of honour, actresses Carina Lau Ka-ling (pictured left with Moss and Vivian Chow Wai-man), who talked to the press about how happy they were to be there, Moss didn't say a word. Obliged, the model posed before the brand's logo on the backdrop and flashed her megawatt smile to keep the local media happy.

Guests kept entering the store to join in the celebrations and celebrity-watching. Moss left after mingling with VIPs for almost two hours. She headed to the nearby Island Tang restaurant with the Cassegrains and her local entrepreneur friend, David Tang Wing-cheung.