That must have been quite a party yesterday: Karen Mok and Bryan Ferry rocked the house, chef Uwe Opocensky and his team cooked, and a dance group under the supervision of Willy Tsao jumped around. More than 800 guests were invited to celebrate the 50. anniversary of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
When the famous hotel opened as “The Mandarin” for the first time on September 1, 1963, it was not only the largest building in town, but also the first hotel in Asia with bath tubs in each of its 650 guest rooms. Oh, and there was also a world premiere: The hotel offered direct dial telephones!
Needless to say that the house was packed with beautiful and important people. Eye-catcher of the night was Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). She showed up in a sexy tight red Dolce & Gabbana dress (we wanted to post a picture of her, but we failed to find one that roughly reflected her grandeur). Other celebrities desired? Here’s an excerpt from the guest list: Maggie Cheung, Mary McCartney, Vivienne Tam, Frederick Forsyth, Darcey Bussell (ex-prima ballerina and president of the British Royal Academy of dance), Champagne producer Olivier Krug, predominant Pierre Gagnaire, and London’s mayor Boris Johnson.
You missed it? Watch at least the lovely façade projection: