IN CHINESE CULTURE, SYMBOLS, NUMBERS AND SOUNDS ARE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE SO MALAYSIAN CHINESE BUYING HONG KONG DESIGNER DORIAN HO AND PERRIER-JOUET CHAMPAGNE MAY HAVE TO ASK HIM TO TWEAK HIS ASKING PRICE.
In Hong Kong dollars, $ 8,880,000 is as auspicious as it gets though the price should be HK$ 8,888,888 since anyone who can pay HK$ 8 million can top up a few more dollars. The number 8 is considered extremely lucky as it sounds the same as 'prosperous' whereas 4 sounds the same as 'death'!
But converted into Malaysian Ringgit, it is as nasty as it gets, RM 4.44 million! That is to die not once but thrice! This applies in both Hokkien and Cantonese the local dialect of Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur whereas in Kota Baru and Taiwan, it is Hokkien.
So Malaysian buyers will have to ask Dorian Ho to either add more pearls to round up the price to RM 5 million or remove some to reduce it to RM 3 million!
Still, a collaboration between a top Hong Kong designer and Perrier-Jouet champagne is ideal as champers are best accompanied by weddings!
Jennifer Tse and Dorian Ho, creator of the RM 4.44 million bridal gown inspired by Perrier-Jouet champagne
Brenda Cheung of Island Shangri-La, Jennifer Tse and Dorian Ho toasting the potential buyer no doubt
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong and Dorian Ho Revealed the RM 4,440,000 bridal gown inspired by Perrier-Jouet Champagne!
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong and internationally renowned designer Dorian Ho co-hosted a press conference on 15 August 2012 at the hotel’s Atrium on level 39 to announce their collaboration for the 2012 Gala Dinner and Bridal Fair.
At the press conference, Dorian Ho has unveiled his spectacular pearl wedding gown worth HK$8,880,000 - inspired by the aesthetic value behind the finest Champagne Perrier-Jouët. The gown was modelled by Jennifer Tse.
In addition, Brenda Cheung, director of events management at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong introduced the hotel’s newly launched “Blissful Wedding” package that features Perrier-Jouët’s Grand Brut Champagne.
Dorian Ho also showcased the Dorian Ho Bridal 2013 Collection - Garden of Love, and his new romantic evening dress collection, Doll by Dorian Ho, after its successful debut in Paris this July.
'Garden of Love' is a one-of-a-kind wedding gown beaded with over ten thousand pearls.
About Island Shangri-La
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 72 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 30,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United Kingdom. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.
About Dorian Ho
Dorian Ho is one of the most renowned fashion designers in Hong Kong. He debuted his first evening gown collection Dorian Ho Collection in 2001, which he also showcased in Sydney’s Mercedes Australian Fashion Week and Seventh on Sixth Fashion Week in New York. Dorian Ho Collection is now being sold in Hong Kong, the United States, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, mainland China and the Middle East. In 2005, Dorian launched the custom-made bridal collection Dorian Ho Bridal, which made him one of the most sought after wedding gown designers. Last year, he introduced a children’s party clothes collection and this coming fall, he will be launching a youthful fashion line named Doll by Dorian Ho as well as Dorian Ho Homme for men. Dorian Ho is gradually expanding his fashion empire.
Since it was established in 1811, the Champagne house of Perrier-Jouët has remained committed to one goal: presenting Champagne drinkers with the most refined, elegant and superb Champagnes available, and celebrating the finer things in life with bottles and magnums available only at the finest restaurants, the most sophisticated bars and the most luxurious dinner parties.
About the Pearl Wedding Gown
This is the first-ever collaboration between Dorian Ho and Perrier-Jouët, with Perrier-Jouët as an elegant source of inspiration for the pearl wedding gown. The idea was stimulated during Dorian’s travel to a fashion week in Paris and visit to the Perrier-Jouët Maison Belle Époque in Épernay. Whilst working on his new collection of wedding gowns for Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong’s Bridal Fair, Dorian was inspired by the embossed artistic anemone pattern design on the bottle of the premium Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque, which was then dazzlingly transposed into the design of the champagne-themed gown. Further inspiration came from what is inside the bottle, dripping with silvery-white pearls that resemble the bubbles of Perrier-Jouët champagne.
Commenting on the new collection, Dorian Ho said, “Perrier-Jouët has long embraced the design community and partnered with different artists. It is my honour to be the first designer to create a wedding gown for the brand with such an elegant source of inspiration. I have tried to produce something that aspires to the same level of rarefied quality and delightful effervescence.”
Pearls By WING HAN DIAMOND