The Hong Kong Sevens is a sporting Saturnalia that melds the distinctive costumes of the Rio Carnival with the hurly-burly of La Tomatina and – it should be remembered – some first-class rugby from the world’s top teams.
What is Sevens?
Sevens is a cut-down, speeded up version of traditional rugby. Far quicker, higher scoring and with less rules, Sevens has a far wider appeal than the original fifteens version. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is the main event in the larger Sevens tournament which tours the world, with the ultimate champions decided on points earned from all of the tournaments.The Sevens game is often used as training ground for players to prove themselves, before moving onto fifteens. Two of the finest players to grace the Hong Kong tournament have been Jonah Lomu and David Campese, who fine-tuned their game in several years of Sevens’, before going on to dominate world rugby.
Twenty-eight national teams will be taking part in the 2015 tournament, which is an integral part of the Sevens World Series and will carry an extra frisson as part of the Olympic qualifying process. England, beaten 26-7 by New Zealand in the 2014 final, face Wales, Kenya and the United States initially, while Scotland was drawn with Australia, New Zealand and Portugal. Making its first appearance at the Sevens, Belgium will be the 57th nation to compete since the tournament’s inception.
Apart from being an exciting event in itself, Hong Kong Sevens is also an opportunity for you to help the medical charity Operation Smile China Medical Mission (OSCMM) which is an organisation specialised in aiding children born with a cleft lip or palate, by purchasing your Smile Ball from Hysan Place and the Sevens Village Booth - all proceeds will go to Operation Smile.
Join in the party on March 27, 28 and 29, 2015.
This post is proudly sponsored by Cathay Pacific.
So basically this bottle of wine-like thingy is not wine but distilled water from France. Owing to its absolute beautiful package, I guess it's legit for me to use wine words to describe its taste: closed, airy and smooth. If a water can be sold like this, its value is as high as a 1957 Chateau Latour or a 1982 Mouton Rothschild to me.
We fashionistas are always ahead of the season and we are already previewing SS15 collection of On Pedder again in jackets and scarfs. The insightful buying team of On Pedder always shops according to different themes so you are provided with beautiful garments and statement accessories of different occasions. Among all the mouthwatering pieces, I managed to keep my eyes on the Celine rainbow-coloured Phantom bag (it's in canvas so brownie points addeded) and the MSGM sneakers which are exclusively for On Pedder.
IWC開辦攝影展並不是新鮮事，但每一次都足以一新你的耳目。其實早在四年前，攝影師Peter Lindbergh就在柏濤菲諾為IWC拍攝了首批攝影作品，當時正值瑞士日內瓦高級鐘錶展期間，拍攝時更有來自蘇黎世歌劇院的六十人管弦樂團表演，風頭一時無兩。是次雙方再次合作，並匯聚多位著名演員及模特兒參與拍攝，例如Cate Blanchett、Emily Blunt、周迅、Christoph Waltz及Ewan McGregor等，也許只有IWC才有如此大的號召力。
相片最近在蘇黎世電影節上首次面世，不少有份參與拍攝的明星都有出席揭幕典禮，場面盛大，星光煜煜。難怪IWC萬國錶首席執政長Georges Kern說：「我們與明星的合作並非為了廣告和公關目的而已，我們多年來保持友好的夥伴關係，明星已成為品牌的一部分。例如Kevin Spacey還為我們參演過戲劇。單純的走紅毯加上Logo牆不是我們想要的。」
單單是第一天的拍攝，Peter Lindbergh就為Adriana Lima和Karolina Kurkova拍攝了8000張照片。在三天的拍攝中，共有超過120人出鏡，拍了21000多張照片，比一般電視製作的陣容還要龐大，幕後製作的認真程度不言而喻，一絲不苟，場地除了此起彼落的相機咔嚓聲，彷彿就只剩下手錶零件的清脆滴答聲。在蘇黎世展覽過後，就會開展環球展覽之旅，陸續在香港、倫敦、邁阿密和杜拜進行展覽，所以即使你不能親身到蘇黎世看開幕儀式，也不用失望，屆時留意香港的展覽日期便可慢慢欣賞相片。
*本文同時刊於《Esquire Hong Kong》十二月號