Screen’s International leading lady Maggie Cheung’s DJ debut, an exclusive dinner featuring 101 dignitaries, highly influential in Taiwan, and a gala party highlighted the inauguration of Louis Vuitton’s newest Maison on the island on May 3 at Taipei 101. Deemed the fashion event of the year, the opening not only defines the Malletier’s another significant milestone in Taiwan, but also a respected tribute to the 101th year of Taiwan.
The Opening Ceremony
The two-leveled Louis Vuitton Maison at Taipei 101, the towering architectural landmark in Taipei city, becomes the first in Taiwan to host two of the Maison’s luxury concepts: Haute Maroquinerie – a personalized handbag service for women showcasing the House’s signature leather craftsmanship, and a Travel Room elaborating its foundation of travel culture and its vision of inspiring every journey into an experience of spiritual exploration.
An elegant terrace garden on Level 5 overlooking the mall is a world’s first for the Maison, while integration of local culture and artistic collaboration in the form of artworks in the store reinforces innovative and advanced luxury retail so unique to Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by international star Maggie Cheung, Yves Carcelle, Chairman and Chief Executive of Louis Vuitton, Jean-Baptiste Debains, President of Louis Vuitton Asia Pacific, Anita Yang, General Manager of Louis Vuitton Taiwan and Hung-Ming Lin, Chairman and President of Taipei 101.
The Gala Dinner
The Gala Dinner marking the opening of the Louis Vuitton Maison at Taipei 101 was genuinely a celebration of the 101s. The remarkable 101 personalities gracing the soiree included: renowned Korean star Yoon Eun Hye, Hong Kong actress Gigi Leung, international high-jewellery designer Anna Hu, famous artist Michael Lin, film director Gang Lee, architect Yung Hung Huang, chairman of Dale Carnegie Training John Hei, owner of Catwalk Model Agency Ivan Hung, famous model and trend spotter Flora Sun.
Between exquisite delicacies specially created by Singaporean rising chef Janice Wong and intoxicating bubbles, the distinguished guests’ were delighted and amazed by the mesmerizing tricks specially created for the opening night by French magician Stefan Leyshon set in a beautiful designed room paying homage to ‘a celebration of Taiwan’ theme.
After the opening ceremony and gala dinner, Louis Vuitton invited the city’s chic crowd to an in-house party, where mystery guest DJ Maggie Cheung brought the house down by guest DJ-ing in her first ever DJ performance. Maggie’s love of music was truly brought to life.
Adding glamour to the party were: super model Patina Lin, Sonia Sui, famous actors Mark Chao, Tony Yang, Sunny Wang, and Godfrey Kao, rising artist Shin-Pin Hsi, NewChi marketing director Janet Wang, socialites Yi Chen, Janet Lee, Stella Huang, second generation of Phoenix International Freight Service Crystal Wang, graphic designer Qing-Yang Xiao, model Hope Lin.
While the guests savoured the tempting cocktail concoctions created by international mixologist Joseph Boroski, the party mood was enlivened with the propelling rhythms by fancy chic duo DJ Brahms & Co from Paris and guests were enjoying the fashion night till late.
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