A Day In The Life: Thakoon Panichgul In Hong Kong-------
Woke up after a restful night of sleep at the Four Seasons. Thank God, since it will be a long day today, after a very long day yesterday with four interviews and portraits. Even though it’s unseasonably chilly, I decided to go for a swim. It was really windy out; there were riptides in the pool. But once I dove in, it was perfect, and a nice start to the day.
Breakfast. The best thing about Asian hotels is the breakfast buffet, usually a huge spread from every continent. I started with congee and end with poached eggs and toast—and continuous helpings of coffee to rev me up for the long day.
Headed over to Lane Crawford at the IFC for an interview with Hong Kong Tatler, my last of the trip. I talked about the Thakoon coat Michelle Obama just wore to depart for Europe. After a quick portrait, we go into Lane Crawford’s Platinum Suite, which looks like a cozy apartment but with four big changing rooms for VIP clients. Sarah Rutson, the fashion director extraordinaire, pops by for a quick hello. She sported a gray sweatshirt dress with shoulder pads as effortlessly as if she was wearing her pajamas out!
Lunch at the restaurant Isola in the Lane Crawford complex. We had Italian but talked about soup dumplings. Maria Tomei, my CEO, and I have never had them outside of New York and were craving them all of a sudden, even after our lunch.
Back to the Platinum Suite to host a four-hour event and meet the store’s top clients. Many, many different faces with great enthusiasm. Sarah Rutson was there with the Lane Crawford team the entire time, giving everyone so much personal attention that it’s no wonder the store has become Hong Kong’s fashion mecca. A beautiful, cool-looking woman came in wearing all black, sunglasses, baseball cap, and silver sneakers. She said a quick hello as Sarah and I were having a chat. She was eyeing Sarah’s dress (now a “Roses on Legs” print sundress), so Sarah took it off her back for the woman to try on. After the woman was ushered into a dressing room, Sarah whispered in my ear that she is Carina Lau, one of the biggest pop stars of Hong Kong.
Soup dumplings snack break! The Lane Crawford staff was so kind to order us a dozen to try. We devoured them.
After the private appointments, more people (about a hundred or so in all) were invited for a Champagne cocktail reception. We mingle for two hours before I hit a wall. I ask Sarah for a rain check on dinner and promised her an all-nighter the next time she is in New York.
Back in bed at the Four Seasons for some well-deserved sleep.