Sparkling night out
Occasions, one of the best-connected PR and events firms in town, started its 25th anniversary celebrations this year with a photo exhibition in Times Square titled "Occasions x Fame Glory". Founded by Pansy Ho Chiu-king and Andrew Yuen Wai-man, the agency presented quirky images of socialite friends with a guy in a gorilla suit. The opening reception brought together the subjects of the photos - sans gorilla. Festivities continued at a glittering dinner on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel attended by prominent personalities from jewellery designer Wan Baobao to singer Anthony Wong Yiu-ming.
Mall the merrier
Also celebrating a milestone this year is Japanese home furnishing and lifestyle store Francfranc, which in 2003 shrugged off the Sars pandemic and set up its first overseas store in Causeway Bay. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the brand opened a new 8,000 sq ft store in the iSquare mall. Guests were presented a with a complementary HK$300 gift card. That was just enough to pick up a few knick-knacks for the house, which in my case meant a fancy new corkscrew.
Trends in high spaces
Landmark in Central has collaborated with Opera Gallery on two exhibitions - "Cécile Bart: Mobile" and "In the Public Eye" - as part of the festivities for Le French May. As a result, Landmark and a number of neighbouring Hongkong Land buildings have been transformed into an art wonderland of paintings, installations and sculptures. The exhibitions were opened with a cocktail reception in the atrium of Landmark attended by, among others, Arnaud Barthèlemy, the French consul general. Works on show include Yayoi Kusama's Kei Chan, David Mach's Wild Thing, René Magritte's Les Menottes de cuivre 1937 and Marc Quinn's Archaeology of Desire. They will be on display until May 26.