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The Party Line: Employees Only, Tory Burch, Amalfitana and more

Find out what star-studded parties and VIP get-togethers you missed in the Fragrant Harbour over the last seven days, and get a sneak peek of what we’ve got coming up.

The opening of a new bar in Lan Kwai Fong isn’t particularly newsworthy ­ except when it’s the much loved, highly acclaimed, wildly popular branch of Employees Only. Such eager beavers were we, we showed up a half hour early for the media preview (Saturday night was the official VIP launch), but the barkeep offered us an array of options to imbibe, and from what little memory serves, the Gimlet was a winner.

The unisex bathroom (Ally McBeal anyone?) and the grilled cheese sandwiches we do remember well. Oh, and the psychic station – a curtained mini area with a resident psychic inside (the millenial version, with iPad in hand) had one of our colleagues intrigued. Two-hundred dollars later, her marriage and career were in peril and panic. But we weren’t the only ones reeking of gin and regret by midnight.

Thursday afternoon, we hopped across the street to previous the gorgeous Tory Burch autumn-winter collection at The Fringe Club where we were escorted from mannequin to mannequin, learning about the ethos behind the latest designs. For the record, the line is inspired by the cine-classic The Philadelphia Story ­–look out for Katherine Hepburn-style awesomeness and elegance.

The autumn/winter 2017 preview for Giuseppe Zanotti was a well-heeled affair, where we saw shoes priced starting at $10,000 per pair. Look for the velvet Swarovski-embellished six-inch thigh-high boots, which were taller than one of the PR girls at the venue. Gorgeous. Un-wearable, but distinctly gorgeous.

To cap the night off, a trip to Amalfitana at The Pulse was the way to go. Boss man Harsh Roopchand (who’s also behind the award-winning bar The Pontiac and the delish Rummin’ Tings) was in full spirit celebrating the first anniversary of the popular joint.

Friday lunch with A. Lange & Söhne CEO Wilhelm Schmid, who flew in for the occasion, was smooth as jazz. It helped that the brand had booked Eugene Pao and his band to play between courses. Splendid were the watches, displayed as centrepieces on the long tables, but one fellow scribe confessed after two Pinot Grigios that she was mainly at the luncheon to eye her CEO crush, Schmid. Someone tell him to … watch out. Pun intended.

This week, our first event is with Roger Vivier for their autumn/winter 2017 collection presentation, followed by cocktails at Pacific Place, our favourite mall. Thursday night we’ll be off to celebrate 60 years of the Speedmaster with Omega, and finally, there’s a meet ‘n’ greet event at Ce La Vi for something called Press Society (a contradiction in terms, perhaps). 

Until next week…