SIR DAVID TANG’S DAUGHTER MARRIES IN BEIJING: There was a touch of Imperial China in the wedding festivities of Victoria Tang and Hong Kong-based lawyer Christopher Owen, who wed in Beijing last weekend.
Victoria, a photographer and graphic designer, is the daughter of Hong Kong-based famed restaurateur, bon vivant and wit Sir David Tang, who made Mandarin collars chic when he founded the international luxury label Shanghai Tang in the 1990s, now part of the Richemont Group. Tang’s latest ventures include the Tang Tang Tang Tang boutique and the China Tang restaurants in London and Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s young A-listers — among them stylist Tina Leung, style blogger Fei Ping Chang, Roger Vivier’s Catherine Ku and Alison Chan — flew to Beijing armed with furs to cope with the freezing temperatures. “More than 75 per cent of the attendees were from Hong Kong, and everyone was dying to break out the winter wear, since it was, like 75 to 80 degrees in Hong Kong last week,” commented a guest.
Even the bride wore a Moncler Gamme Rouge snow white fur bolero over couture Giambattista Valli wedding gown to church.
There were several couture costume changes for the bride throughout the weekend. She wore a delicate white feathered gown by Budi Adji for the welcome drinks and buffet dinner on Friday night, which was held in the Sky Courtyard of Pangu Plaza in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. The wedding ceremony was held the next day at noon at St. Michael’s Catholic Church; a traditional tea ceremony followed later that afternoon at Tang’s own China Club, which saw Victoria dressed in a resplendent scarlet embroidered silk Chinese robe which, amid the traditional Chinese architecture, brought to mind the movie Raise the Red Lantern. Finally, at the wedding banquet that evening — Chinese food was on the menu, naturally, she changed into another couture Giambattista Valli creation, a white lace gown with red blossoms branching out across the bodice, echoing the bridal bouquet.
“Uber Casual” was the dress code the next day for the “Recovery Brunch”, which was held at the Yin rooftop bar of the New World Beijing Hotel, allowing revellers who danced till dawn to the music of a Beatles-like band to sleep in till noon.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and a great friend of Tang, came to the wedding with her daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.