Tom Ford turns on the charm as he mingles with A-listers at party for new store

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 May, 2011, 12:00am


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Tom Ford's megawatt smile left a slew of fans star-struck on his trip to Hong Kong.

During his less than 48-hour stay in town, the American designer granted a couple of interviews to local media before making an appearance at the opening of his store in Central's IFC mall.

Apart from menswear, the store also carries Ford's womenswear collection, which was relaunched last November after his six-year absence from the field of women's fashion.

Many guests, such as models Lisa Selesner and Qiqi Yam, showed up in pant suits from Ford's latest collection.

Fashion writer Janice Wong Lai-yee dug out some vintage Gucci items designed by Ford. But party regular Hilary Tsui Ho-ying showed up in a design of her own making for local fashion house izzue.

She said pant suits didn't quite suit her petite figure. Style guru Wyman Wong Wai-man - a birthday boy - dropped by to meet Ford before going to his own party.

Ford, who's been coming to Hong Kong - where he has showrooms - since the 1980s, looked at home mingling with the local A-listers. Unlike many fashion icons who come to town, he was surprisingly friendly, emerging from his VIP corner to meet guests, pose for photos and engage in chit-chat.

The designer, who was in Beijing and Shanghai before coming to Hong Kong, said fans could expect 'more clothes, more stores and more sales' in coming seasons.

He left the party at about 8pm to catch a flight to London.

Guests lingered longer at the shop to savour the caviar canap?s and free-flowing Dom Perignon bubbly.