2 posts tagged "Maggie Cheung"
The crowd roared as the Pet Shop Boys hit the first notes of “Go West.” But Prada had come East, hosting a bubbly-fueled runway show, party, and performance on Saturday night at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing.
The evening began with continuing rumors of an imminent Prada IPO: So important has China become to the luxury-goods market that some thought an announcement would be made at the event (it wasn’t). With business matters shunted aside, attention focused on the label’s Spring collections as models Arizona Muse, Fei Fei Sun, and Clement Chabernaud moseyed past front-row guests including actresses Gong Li and Maggie Cheung.
As always with Prada, glamour came in haute-culture garb. Among the other revelers packing the museum’s soaring atrium were top Chinese artists Xu Bing and 2010 Hugo Boss Prize finalist Cao Fei, as well as architects Yung Ho Chang and Ma Yansong. Even the entertainment was cast with a brainy bent. “They’re a great myth,” a beaming Miuccia Prada said of the Pet Shop Boys as Neil Tennant broke into “Suburbia” onstage. “They’re deep, pop intellectuals.”
Chinese actress Maggie Cheung’s bravura performances have earned her the respect of directors like Wong Kar-wai and Olivier Assayas and made her a favorite of stylish girls for years. Among them: Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. The sisters were in Hong Kong last week to celebrate the launch of an exclusive four-piece collection designed in homage to Cheung, who joined them to host a dinner and cocktail party at Joyce. The one-off pieces themselves were auctioned off to benefit UNICEF, but luckily you don’t need to own them to enjoy them. In fitting tribute to the actress, the Mulleavys created a short film with the Hong Kong-based photographer Wing Shya to spotlight the collection, inspired by four great performances of Cheung’s: from In the Mood for Love, Hero, Clean, and The Heroic Trio. “She is as amazing as the mythical place we were inhabiting for the week,” the sisters said of Cheung and Hong Kong. Check out their video, below.