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Trésor and treasured moments in Hong Kong

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Korean actress Song Hye-kyo joined OMEGA in Hong Kong, to celebrate the launch of the reimagined De Ville Trésor.

Talented Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, was guest of honour at OMEGA’s Trésor event in Hong Kong, which combined a celebration of the new timepieces with the opening of the brand’s 12th corporate boutique on Pedder Street.

OMEGA was thrilled to welcome Song Hye-kyo, who shared her favourite memory with guests, in line with the event’s “Treasured Moment” theme.

For the special evening, the industrial-style gallery space of Hong Kong’s The Annex was illuminated with Trésor’s elegant aesthetic. Guests were greeted by various attractions, including an interactive photo station and canapés walls.

In addition to the nine De Ville Trésor timepieces presented from the main collection, the gathered media and VIP’s were given a preview of three new 36 mm jewellery pieces.

The elegant tribute to Trésor also included a performance from French-Japanese singer-songwriter and DJ Maika Loubté.

In addition to special guest Song Hye-kyo, the celebration in Hong Kong was attended by over 300 VIPs, celebrities and socialites including Christine Kuo, Cara G., Jessica Jann, Kayla Wong, Terrance Lau, Cindy Yeung, Jimmy Tang, Vinny Chu, Stephen & Deborah Valdez- Hung, Indonesian actress Pevita Pearce, and an array of influencers.

The renowned Korean actress Song Hye-kyo was invited as the special guest to the opening ceremony of the OMEGA boutique on Pedder Street and Trésor collection launch party.

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Cruise 2018 with Cara Delevingne

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As the neon lights of another endless New York Saturday night twinkle through the wall-to-wall glass of the studio for today’s exclusive holiday campaign shoot, Cara Delevingne is giving us an enthusiastic re-enactment of her signature dance moves. While she may be dressed like she’s just stepped out of Studio 54 in a foiled halter dress complete, you’ll never find Cara taking herself too seriously. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t grown into a woman who can be serious when it comes to the things she’s passionate about.

With her now established career as an actress (her most recent credit was a starring role alongside Rihanna in Luc Besson’s adventure fantasy Valerian), a newly published debut novel, Mirror, Mirror, which addresses issues around teenage mental health and the many causes she’s become involved inthe party-girl image has faded into the background. Though, as she’s keen to show us on set, Cara still knows how to light up a dancefloor in her new season crystal encrusted heels. “If you put on a classic tune, I’ll probably dance to it…Actually, even if there’s no music, I’ll probably dance anyway,” she laughs. As for the perfect party outfit, the 25-year old multi-tasker is unequivocal, “I really love to dress up – and I’m not just talking about looking nice. I do like to put on a crazy outfit and be an elf or a reindeer. Or even if I just wear a nice sparkly dress with a red nose, it’s something different and quirky—it’s not just a normal party outfit. Party dressing is about glitter, sparkles and a feather boa if you’re interested.”

A fierce proponent of a more gender-neutral approach to identity, Cara has also graduated from those sparkly mini dresses to pulling off androgynous tailoring with aplomb. “Being male or female is less ‘opposite’ now than it ever has been. I don’t think mastering androgyny is necessarily about picking something that a man would wear. I think it’s about feeling comfortable whether it is masculine or feminine. If you decide to wear a suit, I don’t think that necessarily has to be a masculine thing to wear. It’s just about being comfortable with whatever you feel that day.” Photographed here in Jimmy Choo’s new dual gender, Borrowed From the Boys capsule (three styles, each available from December in both men’s and women’s sizes), you get the sense of a young women liberated from any constraints.

Indeed, escaping other people’s presumptions of what she is and what she should be doing has been a theme of Cara’s life in recent years. Embarking on a cross-creative career wasn’t something she says, that was ever a conscious decision. “I just think as a kid I grew up being creative and making things I really enjoyed. The thing about labels is that if you are an actress is doesn’t mean that YOU ARE AN ACTRESS; that you can only be an actress. I feel anyone has the right to create whatever they feel. You can have an office job, but one day like to be a painter and that’s totally fine. I think the more people have the freedom to create whatever they want, the more they will be able to express themselves and the more art and light can be brought to the world”.

Transitioning from a career focused only on modeling has, she says, alleviated a lot of pressure. “Now I feel a lot less busy because I’m finally doing all the different things I wanted to do. When I had just one job being a model, it kind of felt quite monotonous—not in a bad way—but it was just a lot more travel and a lot more stress on me,” she admits, “Being able to create more and express emotions are the most important things for me, and it now doesn’t feel that I’m that busy at all because I’m doing what I love.”

As many of her peers are going through their ‘quarter-life crisis’, conversely Cara appears to be grounded and clear-headed about her priorities. That maturity also applies to her nuanced attitude to success. “I think success is more about happiness,” she says, “You know, I don’t think that it’s the best jobs, or the most money or the most friends which make people the most successful. I think success comes from a deep-down happiness about who you are and what you are doing.” Though her hands will be full with another film, London Fields in which she stars alongside Amber Heard, set for release later this year, and two more titles slated for cinemas in 2018, she still has plenty of ambitions to fulfill. “I would love to continue writing whether it’s for a book or to make a film or a TV show and I’d love to get more behind the camera and hopefully be a director one day to give a voice to women’s stories—there are a lot of them.”

For the end of the year it will be all about Christmas back in England. Tradition is, as she describes, something which is important to her. “Usually, because my family is so big we have a ‘fake’ Christmas where we go to a place in the countryside and have our own little celebration before the day itself all together. We love a good Christmas cracker, putting the angel on top of the tree and opening the stockings on Christmas morning with all the kids.” The perfect Christmas, she says, is all about, “Friends, family, food, feast, fiesta and obviously lots of presents. Though my favourite thing about gifting,” she clarifies, “is that it actually doesn’t matter how much money you spend. I think sentimental presents are really special. I like to do a mixture of fun, crazy, whacky presents and then also give something that really means something to someone.” Full of meaning but also a touch madcap; quite the metaphor for the lady herself.

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A Weekend Getaway With Chloë Grace Moretz

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The rays are beating down on yet another Californian day of sun, as 21-year-old starlet, Chloë Grace Moretz, takes residence beside the leafy pool at The Parker Hotel—one of Palm Springs’ iconic properties. But this isn’t Chloë’s first desert jaunt—indeed, the resort destination is, as she explains, the ultimate weekend getaway. “Growing up in LA, I’ve been coming to Palm Springs since I was young. I love the history attached to this small oasis.” Of course, for Chloë, that childhood was somewhat more glamorous than for most. Making her on-screen debut aged just seven with 2005’s Amityville Horror, her filmography, which spans blockbuster hits like Kick Ass & Carrie as well as acclaimed indie titles, is nothing if not prolific. With four films already slated for release this year, if anyone needs some downtime it’s Ms Moretz.

Packing for a weekend jaunt is, she says, about keeping it simple, “All you need are sunglasses and shoes—they’re definitely my statement pieces when I’m on a getaway.” Indeed, footwear is, she explains, a mainstay of her wardrobe. “When I was younger, my mom always had the best shoe collection, so I always knew that’s what I wanted too. The perfect shoes for me are comfortable, but they also have to stand out.” Chloë’s bag requirements are equally specific: “It depends on where I’m wearing it. If it’s a clutch, it needs to be big enough to hold my lipstick, phone, and wallet. And I definitely need it to be a cross-body, just in case the night leads to dancing!”

A long-time red-carpet Jimmy Choo devotee, Chloë’s penchant for the brand is all down to the way the designs express her individuality. “My Jimmy Choos have always made me feel flirty and sexy, while still being comfortable in myself—they make my outfits feel uniquely me, be it for a red-carpet event or Thanksgiving dinner. For example, when I was at Sundance Film Festival, I didn’t take off a pair of perfect gold Jimmy Choo boots. I ended up wearing them to the Women’s Rally and then after the march I wore the same boots with a dress by Vampire’s Wife for the film premiere. In the falling snow, the shoes made me feel like Wonder Woman!”

When it comes to career drive, Chloë explains she’s always been determined to play the industry by her own rules. “It was never a question for me whether I wanted to be the heroine of my own story or the damsel in distress. I always wanted to be the one taking charge instead of riding shotgun. I was raised by a single mother and my four brothers. From the get-go, I was bound to have a strong opinion of who I wanted to be in this world, which translated to who I am in this industry,” she says. “I’d say my drive comes from my deep love of acting, and film making in general. I’ve always wanted to be the best that I could be at my craft, because I truly respect the medium.”

That attitude has also been reflected in Chloë’s take on female empowerment, though she’s keen to point out that the complexity of the problem defies one single solution, “I’ve found that always vocalizing my opinion, while simultaneously listening, comprehending, and learning from others’ has been more beneficial than just having one stance,” she says. “It’s helpful to have progressive debates on subjects; there are so many ways to empower yourself and others around you.” When it comes to female mentors in Hollywood, Chloë counts herself fortunate, “I’ve been incredibly lucky, from the time I was a kid, to have always worked with such supportive women, in front of and behind the camera. They taught me, as did my brothers and my mother, that we are stronger together. Supporting each other will get us further than being so fiercely competitive that you alienate not only others around you, but yourself as well.”

This year, Chloë will continue to champion the causes that most matter to her with the release of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a film about a young girl forced into a gay conversion therapy centre by her conservative guardians. The script took on resonance for Chloë, not just because two of her brothers came out at a young age, but also, because it was a story about inequality and discrimination which she deeply felt needed to be told. “It’s important to me that I use my platform to create and be part of projects that are progressive—especially considering our country’s current political climate. My brothers coming out showed me at a very young age that we are all equal; that love is love. It also showed me how important it is to stand up for the people whose voices are being taken from them.”

As such an eloquent and confident woman, it’s little surprise that her creative ambitions go beyond just the next audition. As well as photography, a passion which she showcases to her 14.2 million fans on Instagram, Chloë admits that she’s interested in pursuing roles behind the scenes. “I’m excited to try my hand at different jobs in this industry, to really dive into being more of a creator than just an actor,” she reveals, “From producing through my production company, to co-directing with my brother, Trevor, I believe I’ll come in to my own artistic groove over the coming years.” You certainly wouldn’t bet against her.

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Renaissance Hotels Collaborates with Singer-Songwriter Tanya Chua for Inspired Discoveries

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Tanya Chua, the newly appointed Renaissance Hotels & Resorts Brand Ambassador in APAC performs exclusively for guests, Marriott Rewards and SPG members at the Renaissance Suzhou Taihu Lake hotel

Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott International today announced its exciting collaboration with award-winning singer-songwriter, Tanya Chua across Asia Pacific. As the brand’s Ambassador, Tanya Chua sets the stage to continually inspire the spontaneous global traveler for unexpected discoveries through Renaissance hotels across Asia Pacific. The collaboration was unveiled at the new Renaissance Suzhou Taihu Lake Hotel, featuring an exclusive performance by Tanya.

“Our guests long for unscripted moments and inspiring experiences that are worth retelling,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand and Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “Joining hands with artistes that thrive in spontaneous elements cements the Renaissance Hotels’ brand’s mantra of setting the scene for “off-script” moments, giving guests a fantastic travel experience that is truly authentic to the local neighborhood.”

Marking the first collaboration with the brand, Tanya will evolve Evenings at Renaissance, an on-property discovery platform to activate the ‘5-to-9’ evening time with as much vigor as guests spend their ‘9 to 5’. The line-up will step up Shake Up the Unusual’, the brand’s Asia Pacific cocktail program that invites guests to discover a city through local flavors of 20 cocktails inspired by major cities in Asia. Tanya has handpicked four cocktails representing Bali, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai – destinations that have fueled her music. These four cocktails will specially feature throughout 2018 across all Renaissance hotels in Asia Pacific.

(Left to Right) Andy Kong, Director of Brand & Marketing, Asia Pacific Marriott International and Tanya Chua, the newly appointed Brand Ambassador for Renaissance Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific

The collaboration will also see Tanya develop a dessert called Breathe, to be introduced on menus for The Navigator’s Table – a dinner series that reflects the brand’s focus on unexpected moments across Renaissance Hotels in Asia Pacific also within this year. Showcasing her hidden passion and talent for creating desserts, Breathe is Tanya’s take on the traditional Mont Blanc dessert, demonstrating how she believes that inspiration is natural and an essential part of life, just like breathing.

“We are thrilled to team up with an inspiring artiste like Tanya Chua,” continued Andy Kong, Director, Brand and Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International, “There is always an opportunity for inspiring spontaneous discoveries with the Renaissance. Tanya is fueled by creativity especially at night as she reflects on each passing day; and converts her travel explorations, new perspectives and discoveries into pure artistry whether through music or her unexpected flair for culinary.”

“My life has been a journey of discoveries, touring the world and constantly being faced with fascinating experiences. Untried food, distinctive culture and unanticipated scenery – they all become my muse of creation when I unwind at the hotel at night,” said Tanya Chua. “I identify myself with the Renaissance brand as they embrace this passion and serve to be the vessel for unstaged moments.”

Singaporean Tanya Chua is a spunky singer-songwriter renowned across most of Asia. Since her debut in 1997, Tanya has released more than 16 albums in Mandarin and English and has written over 80 songs for her fellow Mandarin pop singers. Tanya was awarded Best Mandarin Female Singer in 2006, 2008 and 2012 at the Golden Melody Awards – considered the Grammy awards in the Chinese-speaking world; and Best Local Artist twice at the Singapore Hit Awards in 2008 and 2009. Her talent does not only stop at music. Not known to many is her passion for desserts, even completing a three-month course at a boutique cookery school in Paris.

Guests can learn more about Tanya’s journey with Renaissance Hotels on the video available in-room at all Renaissance hotels across Asia-Pacific. Click here to watch the video online.

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