For those of you who celebrate it, there’s no need to remind you about what’s coming up later this month. Already, the shops are festooned with festive Christmas decorations, and it’s time to think of that perfect gift for your loved one. And nothing says “I love you” to a woman more than a diamond. Just ask Airyn Tanu of Passion Jewelry and Passion Privé. What started out as a childhood hobby has become a labour of love and of work, bolstered by courses in gemology and design, and shaped by a lifetime’s experience.
We also chat with Peggy Hartanto, who is shining a light on Indonesian fashion on the global stage. Designed for the intelligent urban Indonesian woman, and with a recent showcase in Paris, Peggy is now poised to propel her local brand into the stratosphere. Read more in “Out of this World”. And staying on an interstellar theme, in this issue we also feature an interview and profile of philanthropist Yuri Milner and his wife, Julia. They are posing the ultimate question: is there other life out there in a far-distant galaxy? Read more in “Written in the Stars”.
Meanwhile, we take a look back at last month’s 18th Tatler Ball, where our good friends, VVIP guests, and even a royal couple enjoyed spectacular sights, sounds, and a scrumptious meal. If you weren’t there, don’t worry: we’ve collated a photo-led section devoted to this most desirable of social events. At this point, I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors, who made the event both possible and worthwhile, and to thank all those who participated in the auction that night and in the silent auction that followed. In total, we have already raised more than Rp305 million for the Maria Lukito Foundation, aimed at giving the young ones a leg up in their educational lives.
This time of year is one in which many of us give our time, love, energy, and money to help out those less fortunate than ourselves.