The guests were greeted by a photobooth in the foyer of the Shangri-La Hotel’s Island Ballroom, where they were welcome to pose for coronation pictures fit for a king and queen.
Over the course of the night, W!LD RICE held a silent auction for the King Power Royale – an exquisite piece unique timepiece designed exclusively for us by Hublot. The auction fetched S$43,000 from a generous individual who prefers to remain anonymous.
“We need art,” proclaimed Mr Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot, who had flown in from Switzerland for the express purpose of attending the Ball. “We need creativity. We need imagination. Art is nothing else but the expression of love.”
Hublot’s timepieces were paired with design maestro Frederick Lee’s haute couture creations in a dazzling runway show, which kicked off the evening’s revelries.
Hosted by veteran performer Pam Oei, the Royal Command Variety Performance featured exhilarating numbers starring Ivan Heng, Hossan Leong, Matilda d’Silva, and nine-year-old Lauren Yeo, whose performance of O Mio Babbino Caro received a standing ovation.
Guests at the Ball enjoyed a sumptuous five-course dinner prepared especially by Colin Buchan, head chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen, in collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Nicholas Issel, and Pastry Chef Sam Huang.
“Every year, we hope to out-do ourselves with our annual RICE Ball,” Ivan explains. “We’re enormously thrilled with the success we’ve had with The (Very) Royal Ball, the proceeds of which will go towards funding our work in the coming year.”
He adds, “Frankly, it would be impossible for W!LD RICE to do the work we do if we did not enjoy the support of all our generous benefactors. The arts scene in Singapore would be all the poorer without them.”