Tuesday, 4 July 2023

TBT: Outtakes from a shoot: Jewellery designer Payal Shah from the brand L' Dezen

 Outtakes from a shoot: Jewellery designer Payal Shah from the brand L' Dezen 

 From a feature shoot for a jewellery magazine. 

Saturday, 24 June 2023

TBT: Behind the Scenes of a Magazine Cover Shoot


TBT: Behind the Scenes of a Magazine Cover Shoot. 

Working with Feiping is always a pleasure; she's on time, she's very good to the team, she's involved and creative, puts her own stamp in all her shoots - and she gives a shout out to the crew when they do a great job. 

Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xoxofei/

As incredible as her images are, her gorgeous twin girls-the best dressed kids in the world-are taking over. 

Thursday, 22 June 2023

Outtakes from a shoot: Kayla Lau

 Photographer: Natalie Dunn @natdunn_photography

 Hair and makeup: Karen Yiu @karenpaint

 Wardrobe: Metanoia @metanoia.thelabel

 Accessories: AS29 Jewellery @as29finejewellery

 Model: Kayla Lau-Wong @kayla.lau

Monday, 5 June 2023

Feadship makes only Four Super Yachts a Year For Billionaires. Billionaires like Jack Ma

A super yacht swanned into the hands of Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma earlier this year, as he sailed the seven seas on the lap of luxury.  

Dutch manufacturer Feadship is a renowned brand known to… well, mostly billionaires. Their exquisite and exclusive designs are snatched up by the 1 percent who set forth on opulent vacations like no other, on azure seas, in rarefied air. They put the ‘super’ in superyachts, an acronym for First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders, Feadship’s original mission was to market superyachts to buyers of extreme discerning taste. 

Buyers such as Apple founder Steve Jobs, publisher Malcom Forbes, and IndyCar team owner Roger Penske who went on to commission two Feadships, a 46m named Excellence, and then in 2020, a 73m giant called Podium.  

However, no matter what their reach, power and level of influence, even they have to patiently wait for the designer yacht-makers to deliver one of the only four super yachts Feadship makes each year.  

Even notable names, such as Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group) had to wait four years after commissioning his HK$1.6 billion super yacht before he set foot on it. 

With a handful of close associates, friends, business partners and tycoons, Ma has been known to mix business and pleasure, work and vacation on board the boat he named Zen. The few VIPs who have ventured on board the new yacht have been seen coasting along the isles of Ibiza, as the billionaire set sail on sea-bound holidays across the European coastline. 

Here’s what we know of the superyacht; the 290-foot-long Zen can carry up to 16 passengers. Built in the Netherlands, Zen has five decks with a vertical bow and operates with an able crew of 25. Over 2,500 tonnes, with a maximum sailing speed of 17 nautical miles per hour, the exterior design and naval architecture was created by De Voogt Naval Architects and the plush interior was the work of Nauta Yachts and FM Architettura. She is built with a Teak deck, a Steel hull, and Aluminum superstructure. 

For something of this magnitude, it comes as no surprise that the boat is equipped with mega features such as lavish dining rooms, entertainment rooms, leisure pads, expansive kitchens, and seven decked-to-the-hilt guest rooms, or as it's known on board, “state rooms.”  

Each year, maintaining the billionaire’s asset alone costs roughly HK$150 million. 

Though commissioned years before and ready to set sail since 2021, the mega yacht was docked for weeks on end at Rhode Island in the United States or at Massachusetts' Martin's Vineyard, the world’s most famous billionaire hot spot, as Ma was too busy to take a break on one of his prized possessions.  

Soon after he boarded the luxurious vessel however, the international media has been stalking its every move as reports from around the globe have spotted the magnificent vessel in Ibiza, in Mallorca and finally seen dropping anchor just outside the resort city of Palma in recent times. 

Monday, 29 May 2023

Leaders in Luxury by Robb Report Hong Kong: The Online Exclusive Video Series


Coming out of left field, one of the most successful and well-liked sections of Robb Report Hong Kong, the video series Leaders in Luxury. 

From Cartier to Sotheby's, Richemont to Bang & Olufsen, we've sat down for a chat with these incredible captains of industry for a free verse conversation.  So beautifully shot and edited by Chris Yau. 

Only at RobbReport.hk 

-- P.Ramakrishnan
Senior Editor


Friday, 26 May 2023

Another cat post: Because cats = click rate


Rescued from LAP Hong Kong, a foster cat that ended up living with us forever. Billyjean, named after one of my fav MJ songs (before he lost the plot). 

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

In the altar of Aesop, I'm on Bended Knee


The latest launch of Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate is a serum that can be used as a layering base, or a standalone hydrating formulation, guaranteed to help replenish and balance the skin. The lightweight serum is suitable for both combination and oily skin, which is perfect for Hong Kong’s hot and humid climate. There’s nothing worse that feeling greasy or sticky when out and about in the city where you’re always walking that fine line between sub-zero air-conditioning and the fetid heat of the subtropical city. A huge thumbs up for this little jar and dropper; there’s something self-soothing and dare-we-say medical about the dropper. It doesn’t seem like an exercise in vanity, more like a scientific approach to bolstering skin care. 

Also, I can’t stress enough how good Aesop’s Exalted Eye-Serum is. A lightweight liquid catering to the delicate skin around the eye-area, gently massaging the dewy drops around has helped wake me up, and the list of vitamin-rich ingredients leaves tired skin nourished and balanced. In the alter of Aesop, am a firm believer.    

You can buy the serum online here or #IRL in stores studded around Hong Kong.