Welcome to the September 2014 Prestige, an issue that denotes yet another milestone in the remarkable journey of this magazine, marking not only the ninth anniversary of its launch in Hong Kong but also the beginning of a 12-month lead-up to the 10th birthday of this city’s pre-eminent celebrity, society and luxury lifestyle publication.
Since its debut in September 2005, Prestige has blazed a trail among local and regional titles by snagging major international personalities in film, music and fashion to appear exclusively in these pages, and we’re upholding that tradition again this month with another stellar line-up of names and talents. For the cover story and photo shoot, we travelled to Paris to hook up with Chinese supermodel Shu Pei Qin, who herself flew in from New York. Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed artistic director, Nicolas Ghesquière – currently one of the hottest properties in luxury – met us for a one-on-one chat at Monaco’s Hermitage Hotel, while Victoria Beckham, who seems so relentlessly driven in her bid to find acceptance in the cut-throat world of fashion that it amazes us she finds time to sleep or even eat, nonetheless set aside an hour to be interviewed during her recent whistle-stop visit to Singapore. Further trips to Europe brought an interview with legendary Formula 1 ace Sir Jackie Stewart, reviews of a brace of London’s newest and most glamorous hotels, a drive through southern Tuscany in Ferrari’s brand-new California T, and a visit to the long-overlooked Italian region of Puglia, which is finally realising its potential as a tourism hot spot. You’ll find them all in this issue.
This month, of course, also marks the arrival of the autumn/winter collections, which we’re featuring in the accompanying 150-plus-page Prestige Runway pull-out; a further 60-page magazine tells you how to plan the perfect wedding.
Preparing this magazine for you each month is a labour of love for all of us here. Just as we sincerely thank you for joining us over the past nine years, we’re looking forward to your continued company as the end of our first decade – and the start of a new one – draws near. Have a marvellous September.