It was the 10th Anniversary of Bvlgari Hong Kong’s flagship store, at Chater house. The power players of Hong Kong were buzzing for months… Who was on the guest list? Where was the dinner to be held? Who was coming to town?
The main entrance of the Bvlgari boutique was swarming with paparazzi from the moment the doors opened for the ribbon cutting ceremony in the morning, to the VIP high jewellery dinner that same night.
Spotted were Oscar award winners, Adrien Brody and Hilary Swank, Korean heart-throb Cha Seoung Won, Asia’s own action star, Donnie Yen and Hong Kong’s true beauty Michelle Reis, and of course me! hahaha no seriously I, along with my darling husband, were honoured to be included.
Adrien Brody, Cha SeoungWon and Donnie Yen at the Bvlgari Hong Kong 10th Anniversary party
Upon arrival, we were given a very charming, Italian welcome by Mr Francesco Trapani, President of LVMH Jewellery and Watches (who is also the great grandson of Sotirio Bulgari)… ahh yes, I adore Italians (will get to that another time ;p) … and thereafter we were invited to browse the new boutique and the Bvlgari baubles. Glamaross marketing maverick, Leigh Tung Chou, in an embellished red Michael Kors evening dress, and diamond serpenti necklace, sparkled as she ensured all guests had a champagne flute in hand, and viewed the key pieces of the new collection, as well as the exclusive pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor Bvlgari collection, including the stunning Sautoir diamond and sapphire necklace that Richard Burton gifted to Liz for her fortieth birthday in 1972.
Hilary Swank in Elie Sabb and Bulgari jewels
Spotted at the boutique was Mira Yeh who was every bit her usual glamorous self in a full-length yellow, Prabal Gurung flowing gown, with a fur she bought over 10 years ago, and a white fur Chanel bag. Accompanying Mira, was good friend Asami Ferguson who looked elegant in a LUBLU gown with a Frandami bag! These two ladies certainly
elevated the glamour quotient of the evening.
Also enjoying cocktail hour was style maven Kay Li, who arrived in a glittering nude and silver micro-mini, reminiscent of a Zuhair Murad gown, which she picked up from a small LA boutique. “I don’t know who the designer is. I just liked the dress.”
Laetitia Yu, Kay Li (notice her mesh swarovski Louboutin boots), Kim Robinson and Yolanda Choy-Tang
It was great to catch up with elite coiffeurier Kim Robinson (Thank goodness I had my hair done at his salon that day!) as well as handbag design supremo Fiona Kotur, who was in the midst of moving house. Fashionista Tansy Lau Tom shone in neon yellow, while Ming Ho-Tang looked elegant in black, and Angie Ting flowed angelically in a full length white gown.
Kim Robinson and Sharie Ross
Ivan and Angie Ting
Linda Ting and Tansy Lau
Josephine Chiu, Harriet Tung and Winnie Chiu
Julian Hui and Michelle Reis-Hui
David and Linda Ting
(looking stunning in this low back DVF gown)
Ming Ho-Tang and Sherman Tang
Cissy and Donnie Yen
CC Tung and Leigh Tung-Chou
Sam and Paulene Chu
Kevin and Sabrina Lam
Olivia Lee Davies and Monica Wong
After cocktails, we were ushered to private limousines that would take us to the top secret dinner location. As the car meandered through the streets of Hong Kong, the Bulgari party venue shone from the ocean as we approached. Bulgari had taken over the space of, what is to be, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum adjacent to Central Pier, at Pier 8.
Pamela Tung and Sabrina Chao
Helen and Rock Chen
Dorothy and Jonathan Cheng
The venue was completely transformed. From the moment we stepped out of the car, and ascended the escalator we embarked on a magical mystery tour of the world of Bvlgari. From a Bvlgari Hall of Fame, to candle lit hallways and candle-lit dinning room with Bvlgari engraved tables. The branding for the event was spectacular (as a former events person and someone who organised the grand opening of the same store ten years prior, I was in awe!) The evening was pure class.
The menu by the Mandarin was paired with Dom Perignon champagnes. Gena West, international gospel and jazz singer performed during the dinner whilst the models showed the new 60 piece high -jewellery collection. Amongst the new collection, was the Jade Serpenti, a necklace of jade and diamonds that made its international debut that very night… jaw droppingly gorgeous!
Gena West performing
The evening was one of elegance and oh, did I mention that I met Adrien Brody and Hilary Swank, and nearly spilt champagne on Donnie Yen? Indeed I was every bit starstruck, and even made it to the afterparty!! Thank you Bvlgari x
Here are some photos from Instagram … follow me @glamaross
Sharie Ross, Laetitia Yu, Anne Wang-Liu and Fiona Kotur Marin
Laetitia Yu, Kay Li, Hilary Swank, Leigh Tung Chou, Sabrina Fung Lam and Sharie Ross
Fiona Kotur Marin, Linda Chang Ting, Anne Wang Liu, Sharie Ross, Adrien Brody, Yolanda Choy Tang and Daphne King Yao