The grande dame of Hong Kong hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, officially reopened earlier this month to great excitement and fanfare, with a gala dinner for more than 500 invitation-only luminaries from here and abroad. Group chief executive Edouard Ettedgui and general manager Peter French welcomed guests with a cocktail in the lobby, backed by the sounds of the Oriental Angels from Shanghai. Opening the proceedings was Dame Edna Everage, whose humour paved the way to a sumptuous dinner. Afterwards, the singer Bryan Ferry played a private performance in the lobby. Among the movers and shakers in the audience were the architect I.M. Pei, designers Vivienne Tam and Kenzo Takada, the novelist Frederick Forsyth, violinist Vanessa Mae and Dame Edna's alter ego Barry Humphries.