What a month march has been. With global events such as the first ever gala of amfAR – or, to give this worthy organisation its full name, the Foundation for Aids Research – to be held in this city and the third annual Art Basel in Hong Kong fair, not to forget the inaugural staging of Art Central and, of course, the Hong Kong Cancer Fund Ball, an established highlight of our social calendar, we’ve hardly had a moment either to sleep or to choose our outfits for the next glittering reception, party or dinner.
Naturally – and as you can see from the pages of this issue – Prestige has taken part in all of these occasions, and we’re especially delighted to have worked so closely with amfAR in the lead-up to its gala. Among the many celebrities to lend their support to the event were Kate Moss, Robin Thicke and Naomi Campbell, all of whom we exclusively photographed before and after the evening. As a special treat for readers, we have created two versions of this issue – one features the event’s emcee, Naomi Campbell, who appears on our cover for the second time, while gala co-chair Kate Moss graces another, sporting a T-shirt created especially by Marc Jacobs to support amfAR. In addition to our cover story, we also have an exclusive Q&A with Moss, available online.
In and among all the socialising and celebrating, however, we’ve nonetheless found time to put together our biannual overview of everything the fashion-conscious man-about-the-city needs to know about the coming season’s looks, both in our 108-page Prestige Runway pull-out and in the pages of the main magazine. We report on the inner sanctum of timeless masculine style and craftsmanship with a visit to Brioni’s school for tailors in Italy’s Abruzzo region. And we meet the estimable Kenya-born conservationist and paleoanthropolgist Richard Leakey, who was recently in Asia to bring his campaign to save Africa’s endangered wildlife – and in particular the elephant – right into the belly of the beast that appears intent on devouring it.
Claire Choisne explains how she set out to develop a new identity for storied jewellery maison Boucheron, multitalented musician, DJ and impresario Calvin Harris tells how he’s added a new accomplishment – that of underwear model – to an already unreasonably impressive CV. And we, as ever, wish you happy reading and a productive – if not quite as socially hectic as the last – month ahead.