Celebrities and socialites, media people and literary luvvies turned out for the launch of veteran fashion editor Janice Wong Lai-yee's new book, My Memoir with Fashion Maestros, at the Sevva restaurant in Central on Monday evening. Guests such as Gilbert Yeung Kei-lung, Flora Zeta Cheong-leen and model Ana Rivera rubbed shoulders with the restaurant's owner and event sponsor Bonnie Gokson, but Wong seemed overcome by the party's excitement. She appeared to be on the verge of tears when she addressed guests honouring her book of her recollections of 18 famous fashion designers. 'I'm so happy that I can't even breathe,' said Wong (pictured), who since 1987 has edited magazines such as the Hong Kong version of Cosmopolitan and Elle. 'It's like my baby is finally born.' She did recover her composure to discuss fashion. Wong said she doesn't follow trends and buys items if she likes the designs. 'Fashion is more than trends,' she said. 'I don't have any so-called 'it' bags. I love my vintage accessories.' She urged fashionistas to 'respect clothes'. Fashion is 'a piece of work that represents designers' philosophy'. Then she tore a strip off Hong Kong's brand slaves. Not that there were any in present company, of course. 'I think it's meaningless and disrespectful to the designers if you only wear the trendy garments just to show off.'