Hong Kong’s leader needs to ditch the catwalk claptrap and fashion a real future for the city
I sincerely hope it was the above imperative which spawned the following headline earlier in the week: “Carrie Lam’s fashion style comes with a purpose: to promote Hong Kong’s creative industries”.
In 14 words, the leader of a major world city going through one of the most turbulent periods in its history is reduced to a walking mannequin. But here’s the even scarier part – Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor appears to be complicit.
“I am the first female chief executive of Hong Kong,” she told RTHK on Monday. “My policy address also promises to promote the creative industry in Hong Kong. Fashion design is an important part of the creative industry that means the most to women.
“If I paid more attention to my appearance, people might think that the proficiency of design industry isn’t too bad in a city with such a chief executive.”
Respectfully, that is not your job Mrs Lam. The fashion and design industry has a multibillion-dollar advertising machine to promote its wares. Leave it to them and their stick-thin clothes horses.
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