- Photography by Mr Jason Capobianco
- Styling by Mr Dan May, Style Director, MR PORTER
- Words by Mr Tom M Ford, Features Writer, MR PORTER
If Mr Walter Hau looks assured in these photographs, he has good reason to. Not only has he had practise as a model in the past, but the shoot took place in his hometown of Hong Kong - where we discovered he knows rather a lot of people. "It was funny," he says when we caught up with him. "Every 10 minutes there was a friend passing by. You guys kept saying 'How do you know so many people?' - but we were shooting in the city centre!"
We should have known better. Born and bred in Hong Kong, Mr Hau's varied career has delivered a fair amount of exposure for the 49 year old. He started professional life rather unpredictably as a music teacher, but soon became restless and moved into modelling. "I was a teacher in the daytime and then I'd do fashion shows at night. My students would see me on TV and in magazines - it was a unique experience." He did his last "big spread" more than 10 years ago, tried his hand at art direction and charity event planning, and then set up the events planning business I-DNAsia - his main focus today.
I was a teacher in the daytime and then I'd do fashion shows at night. My students would see me on TV and in magazines - it was a unique experience
Collaborating with luxury brands the world over, his work has recently taken him from India to Dubai, and he has just jetted back from Turkey. "We were showcasing designers, luxury products and music with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. We had a big dinner and I had a traditional Hong Kong musician jam with a local Turkish musician." He casually adds that he managed to squeeze in a bit of paragliding before the flight home, and, in the same breath, that he has five events spanning Taiwan and China on the way this month. One wonders how he keeps himself looking so healthy. Sleep, the gym and "home-cooked soup", apparently.
In our opinion, the easiest way to give yourself a boost this party season is with some effortless evening wear. With a style for any occasion, click through the slides, above, to see Mr Hau in action.