One of Hong Kong's most venerated fashion writers, Janice Wong unveiled her new book last week. The venue couldn't have been a better fit for the style guru, Louis Vuitton's massive storefront in Tsim Sha Tsui.
She began the evening with an intimate reading, surrounded by friends, fans and confidants from the world of fashion. Wong then answered questions with the help of her friend and man-about-town Kam Kwok Leung, and pulled back the curtain on the often secretive worlds of fashion and the fashion media.
Wong's book, My Fashion Odyssey of 25 years (1987-2012), covers her long and sometimes arduous journey to the top of the Hong Kong fashion elite.
Of special interest to many in attendance were the passages dealing with Wong's experiences in Hong Kong in the heady 80s when she was just getting started.
After the reading, friends and fellow fashion big-wigs lined up to have their books signed and get their picture taken with the star of the evening. Among the big names was model Angela Hung, award-winning architect, Alexander Wong, and lyricist Wyman Wong.
Her book's title makes it clear that Wong's time in the world of fashion has been an adventure and throughout her book she was eager to give thanks to those who helped her along the way.
Wong, wearing a jaunty beret embroidered with sheep, reminisced about the memorable people in her life: "I talk a lot about my fashion mentors in this book, like Joyce Ma. I talk about my relationship with fashion greats and how they helped me when I was very young on my career path."
Judging from the fresh faced fashion-folk eagerly waiting in line, Wong is returning the favour.