Local stars come out for fashion's big guns
The red carpet has been rolled out for major local celebrities at late night fashion parties over the past few weeks. There was the Marc Jacobs event at The Landmark, which drew crowds. Gucci also showed its popular autumn-winter 2011 range at a hall in the convention centre, showcasing a branded Fiat 500 and, more interestingly, a rolling screen of archival pictures. The time is right for big labels to bank on their heritage. And Gucci, in its 90th year, hit the spot by showing grainy black and white photos of Guccio Gucci's Italian workshop and storefront.
Vintage images of Sophia Lauren and Jackie Onassis shopping in the stores and the iconic bamboo handle handbag were also inspiring - much more so than the latest Gucci-clad Beyonce magazine covers that rolled around on the screen later.
The show was great. If only they could have banned those bankers sitting behind me, screaming obscenities at each other about what they could see through the models' sheer tops. It left the rest of us wondering if Dragon-i was closed for the evening, leaving them needing somewhere else for champagne and a quick model perve.
The coup of the evening at Gucci was the surprise appearance of recently separated actress Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi, who has been the subject of much tabloid scrutiny since announcing her filing for divorce from superstar husband Nicholas Tse Ting-fung.
A round of gasps and applause came as she strutted, deadpan, down the catwalk. For the finale, she even received a standing ovation, albeit from her celebrity chums in the first row.
It was a fascinating and brave move by the actress, who has had her fair share of scandal over the past few years.
But with recent reports that Cheung received three million yuan (HK$3.6 million) for a five-minute ribbon cutting at a jewellery store opening on the mainland, it looks like her popularity and earning power has not waned.
The hot news of the month was no doubt the appearance in Hong Kong of Mugler's creative director (and Lady Gaga collaborator) Nicola Formichetti, and Mugler muse Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy. They attended a cocktail event last Thursday at Joyce Boutique, followed by a catwalk show and a hot, crowded party at Western Market.
During the slew of interviews and portraits Joyce was holding in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, I met Genest for a one-on-one and found him very sweet, softly spoken and almost painfully shy. The party was hailed a success for its massive turnout and daring outfits worn by celebrities.
A high-octane fashion party is all well and good but after three in a row, who's ready for a nice cup of English breakfast tea and some digestive biscuits?