@LifestyleAsia: Van Cleef & Arpels Grand Opening

Party Review: Van Cleef & Arpels Grand Opening

A star-studded affair to celebrate the Hong Kong Maison
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Hong Kong Maison is the third in the world after Paris and New York.

Last Friday, 16 September 2011, Van Cleef & Arpels celebrated the grand opening of their Hong Kong Maison, the first in Asia and third in the world after Paris and New York.

Located in Prince’s Building on 10 Chater Road, the Hong Kong Maison was buzzing with the city’s elite, including special guest Cate Blanchett, the legendary Josephine Siao Fong Fong, Deanie Ip, Michelle Yeoh, Nansun Shi (and us, of course).

Cate Blanchett looked flawless at the grand opening of Van Cleef & Arpels’ Hong Kong Maison.

Designed by Parisian contemporary designer Patrick Jouin and his Kenyan-born creative collaborator, Sanjit Manku, the Van Cleef & Arpels Hong Kong Maison embraces the Place Vendome Maison in Paris as its inspiration.

Inside, contemporary meets classical design, with traditionally sculpted wood panelling, a glass staircase and comforting colour palette of sand, taupe and cream, which made us feel as if we had stepped into a chic Parisian apartment.

The Van Cleef & Arpels iconic ballerina necklace was designed especially for the grand opening of the Hong Kong Maison.

During the party, we bumped into legendary Hong Kong actress Candice Yu on the second floor of the Maison, posing with grace.

Candice Yu is a Hong Kong film actress best known for her films in the 1970s and 1980s.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the Hong Kong Maison, the party continued at the top of Prince’s Building in SEVVA, where guests grooved to the soulful sounds of international recording artist, Lisa Stansfield.

Combined with unlimited canapés and Perrier-Jouët Champagne, the evening was definitely one of the hottest and most memorable ones this summer.

The iconic Van Cleef & Arpels ballerina statue at SEVVA.

Based out of London and Hong Kong, Carol Forest is an all-around creative who now specialises in branding, art direction, styling, and freelance lifestyle writing for various magazines in Hong Kong.Read more about Carol on her blog, www.carolforest.com.

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