No stranger to ostentatious parties, Dragon-i was the place to be last week for the launch of Royal Dragon's new vodka collection. As the Jamie Foxx party anthem Blame it (On the Alcohol) aptly echoed into the wee hours, partygoers included model Ana Rivera, restaurateur Bonnie Gokson, fashion blogger Denise Lai, Cove and Zue Overly, Nisa Huber and Olivia Buckingham.
One power couple, Andrew and Lumen Kinoshita, were seen limping from foot injuries. 'Can you not mention that?' We wouldn't dare.
Dragon-i's Gordon Lam had hurt his leg too and was clunking along with a cane. At this rate, a bejewelled walking cane might be the season's most fashionable must-have accessory.
Michel Morren, creator of the vodka, said: 'It is the Year of the Dragon, Dragon-i's the club to be seen [in]. Where else, and when else, could I launch the finest vodka in the world called Royal Dragon Vodka?'
Gokson said: 'It's very smooth, I like it. The bottle itself is beautiful.'
The hand-blown bottles, with a glass dragon inside, were stunning, especially the limited-edition bottle 'The Emperor', crowned with a Royal Dragon pendant of 18 carat gold and festooned with 35 certified diamonds. The bottles were flanked by bodyguards as many guests tried to snap photos on their iPhones.
Outside, there was a dragon's roar of another kind. Lamborghini presented special-edition models, the Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore, Gallardo LP560-4 Noctis and Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder (each bearing a gold dragon imprint), which loudly zoomed through Wyndham Street during the launch party, letting all and sundry know of the vodka's grand arrival.