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Sunday 21 April 2013
I met... that's a lie... meeting implies conversation or interaction of some sort apart from just gaping in awe...
Let me re-write as, I saw Sophia Loren in Hong Kong.
PS: In one of the pics above, my fuzzy tennis ball head has totally photo-bombed a pic! lols.
Giorgio Damiani, Vice President of Damiani Group, with Sophia Loren
Veni, Vidi, Vici
came, she saw, she conquered. A name that needs little introduction,
'the' Sophia Loren attended the reopening of Damiani's flagship store in
Hong Kong at ELEMENTS mall in Kowloon. Decked in diamonds and a
figure-hugging black gown, the 78-year-old actress, nay icon, wore
pieces from the Sophia Loren Collection as she ventured into the
flagship store. Cutting the ribbon with Giorgio Damiani, Vice President
of Damiani Group and Alessandra Schiavo, Consul General of Italy, she
blew kisses to the teeming crowd who gathered en mass to watch the grand
dame of world cinema grace the occasion.
crowds, well, mostly the snaparazzi, alternated between yelling out
"Sophia! Sophia" and "Bella! Bella!" to entice that famed name and
decolletage to turn their way.
Pansy Ho and
third-generation Damiani, Giorgio, were part of the cherry-picked few
who entered the shop with the actress, while the others watched from the
outside, nose-pressed against the windows as the few and the fabulous
made their way around the 1,076 square foot boutique. A notably buff,
suit-and-tie sporting bouncer kept the crowds at bay, while he held a
sparking, grey, clutch that, presumably, belonged to la bellissima
the cocktail, dressed in a magenta Hugo Boss suit, it was hard not to
miss Kam Kwok-Leung, who's been a fan of Loren for years. "I first saw
her decades ago, at the premiere of the opera Turandot," said the radio
personality. "I doubt she remembers me. There are so many classic
Italian movies she's done that I love that I can't name one, but the
combination of her and Marcello Mastroianni on-screen was wonderful."
Pulling out a splendid portrait of Loren decked in diamonds and
feathers, he hoped to get an autograph.
Among the sea of
faces at the cocktail, lord of coif and curls, Kim Robinson was out and
about with friends, including our best-dressed of the night nominee,
Jessica Hui. TV personality Rebeea Yeung emceed the event. Sally and
Robert Lo, Yvette Yuen were seen in the melee as well as Chitra and
Manolo Chellaram. A clumsy oaf of a scribe bumped a champagne glass and a
splash of Moet hit Manolo, who ever graciously said, "Don't worry, its
only champagne - and it's good luck!"
The cocktail party
followed an exclusive VIP dinner at Tin Lung Heen at The Ritz-Carlton
Hong Kong. Attending socialites included Ivy Wu, Dennis and Betty Sun,
Moses and Angela Tsang, Ming Tang, Louisa Cheng, Sharon Poon, Mira Yeh,
Virginia Wu, Helen Ma, Helen Rong and a host of other glittering
attendees. They wined and dined with the Diva while their courses were
interrupted by a jewellery show, as models sauntered by the restaurant
showcasing some of the signature pieces. However, the cynosure of all
eyes was undoubtedly Loren, who sported more than a fair share of bling,
which she happily posed with for many an i-cam.
Left to right: Betty Sun, Dr Dennis Sun, Lucy Yang, Charles Yang