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Hong Kong, They Love You

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This weekend, 28-year-old Pablo Ganguli, the flamboyant curator of culture and creative characters, took his Liberatum festival for the arts to Hong Kong, co-curated with pianist Rosey Chan. Despite the endless black rain, the nonprofit three-day event, which featured lively talks with Pharrell Williams, world-renowned producer William Orbit, and Paul Schrader as well as installations by filmmaker Mike Figgis and a performance piece by Terence Koh, attracted editors and culture enthusiasts from around the globe. On Saturday night, the festival’s participants and spectators joined Ferragamo at Hong Kong’s Kee Club for dinner, dancing, and a surprise performance by one of the weekend’s most glamorous headliners, Spanish actress and Almodóvar muse Rossy de Palma. “As long as I can remember, Rossy has influenced me with her dynamic character,” Ganguli said.

The talk quickly turned to the festival’s temporary home. “When people talk about China these days, they usually talk about money,” said Vogue China’s editor in chief, Angelica Cheung, who turned up in a smart black Lanvin look. “The art scene in China, as everybody knows, is very active. But everything here is often commercial, commercial, commercial! More people should be doing things like this,” she added, noting that she particularly enjoyed Stephen Webster’s lecture, which took place at the festival earlier that day. (Webster, as it turned out, was in Hong Kong for reasons commercial as well as artistic: In addition to the fair, he was in town for a show of his jewels at Lane Crawford. “I brought all my best stuff because I really want to test it out here,” he said.)

De Palma made her grand entrance in a sequined Custo look, fluttering a black fan. “It was always my fantasy to come to Hong Kong. I am obsessed with China!” she said. It was her first time in the city, but her burlesque performance included an improvised homage: “Hong Kong, my darling, I love you!”

Photo: Courtesy of Liberatum

Tyra Banks Tops Book Charts With Modelland, Paul McCartney Ties The Knot, Christian Dior Salons Open To The Public For The First Time, And More…

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Tyra Banks’ debut fiction book, Modelland, has become a New York Times best seller. The book has secured the number two spot on the list and has reached number one on the Barnes & Noble charts, and is reportedly going to be adapted for the big screen. [Vogue U.K.]

Sir Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell in London yesterday, on what would have been John Lennon’s 71st birthday. The Beatle and his new wife wore outfits designed by McCartney’s daughter Stella. [NYT]

Next weekend, LVMH will open the doors of 25 of its “heritage sites and workshops” to the public. During the two-day event, visitors can take a look inside the haute couture salons of Christian Dior, where Dior showed his first collection in February 1947. [Telegraph]

Stephen Webster, known for his “Gothic, rocker aesthetic,” is trying his hand at bridal jewelry. The collection, launching this month at the jeweler’s Mount Street store in London, includes engagement rings, wedding bands, and earrings. [WWD]

Photo: Neil Mockford / Getty Images

Sophie Dahl: Happiness Is A Warm…Cup Of Tea

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What makes Sophie Dahl happy? A quiet cup of tea. For Alice Temperley, it’s luxuriating in a warm bath. Christian Slater is partial to watching original Star Trek reruns while Vivienne Westwood loves a good laugh with her husband. And photographer Lorraine Goddard has photographed each of them doing just that, all in the name of a good cause: She’s shooting joy to help create it, donating profits to Young Minds, a children’s mental health charity.

Goddard, the ex-wife of Adam Ant and PR maven to Dame Westwood, knows a thing or two about depression; her ex suffered from it in a very public way. Undaunted, she set her lens on the flipside—joy and comfort—and rounded up a group of high-profile friends, including Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Amy Sacco, and Dita Von Teese, to sit for her. The private view of her Out of Context exhibit at London’s Getty Images Gallery last night brought many of her subjects, including Mary McCartney, Alice Temperley, Bella Freud, and Joe Corre. (Many later decamped to the Sanderson Hotel courtyard to continue the party.) “Lorraine asked me to be photographed and of course I said yes,” said jeweler Stephen Webster. “I didn’t know what it was for, but it didn’t matter—whatever she does, I would back. Anyone who knows her would.” That’s the kind of support that should make the photographer pretty happy herself.

For more information or to donate, visit www.lorrainegoddard.co.uk.