Lily arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday afternoon. The first thing that came to her mind was to look for Li Shanshan. She wanted to find out if Fernando and Li Shanshan have cleared the air.
But to Lily's surprise, Li Shanshan was not in Hong Kong. The latter only sent Lily a text to tell her that she was currently in Thailand for filming. In the end, Lily just went straight home to rest up. She wanted to be in the best condition to attend the Fashion Week's after-party the next day.
Fashion Week was a week-long event, packed with shows and events that stretches from morning to night. People from all over the world would specially visit Hong Kong during this time to witness their favorite designers showcase their summer collections.
Aside from rich heirs and heiresses, models, actors and actresses would also attend this event, not just to enjoy themselves but to build more connections with the international market. The Fashion Week's networking possibilities were endless. Because of this, everyone would want to make sure they leave an incredible impression on the high-level individuals in attendance.
Of course, one way to leave an impression was to have a stunning outfit. That is why all the attendees would make sure that they look their best, especially for the cameras. After all, Fashion Week would be filled with fashion reporters and influencers who tend to discuss the outfits of everyone after the show - both the good and the bad.
Lily, on the other hand, was attending Fashion Week with the intention of networking with key decision-makers of famous luxury brands to convince them to transfer their flagship store to the new Harmony Isle, a rebranding of A.R Mall and Boutique, set to open in August. Though the Facci name alone should be enough for brands to put their trust in Lily and her new mall, she still felt the need to show up at Fashion Week and build some connections personally.
And of course, Lily did not forget to be an ambassador and showcase Fernando's own collection of clothing for everyone to see.
"Your day is quite packed today. Mr. Kim had scheduled for us to see two shows and attend two after-party events. We have prepared everything, including the change of clothing for every show and also for the parties," Yang Mi informed Lily.
"Got it," she answered. "How about the thing that I asked you to do?"
"It's done. They won't be able to show their faces in any after parties tonight," Yang Mi answered with a straight face. Lily style of plotting against her targets had always been this way. It would be slow at first then Lily would strike and finish off her target in a day or two. However, Yang Mi was sure that Lily had another plan to deal with the Qin and Xuan family later.
"And the Tang family?" Lily asked as she stared at her reflection in the mirror. Being the eldest daughter of the distinguished Tang family had always been Tang Lingyun's pride. She always flaunted her status in front of Lily and Bec Facci before. So what would Tang Lingyun do if this status was taken away from her?
"Everything is prepared president. The meeting is set," Yang Mi answered.
A small smile escaped Lily's lips as she continued to watch her sleek hairstyle and her bronze eyeshadow that enhanced the depth of her eyes. "Perfect," she uttered in a low voice which sent some shivers down Yang Mi's spine.
Although Yang Mi was older than Lily by a few years, Lily was the more mature one between the two of them. Yang Mi even thought that Lily was perhaps ten times more vicious and cunning than the late Madam Facci. Lily's methods were extremely unique. Even though Yang Mi had been working beside Lily for years, she could never be really sure what is going on in Lily's mind.
"Let's go," Lily said as she grabbed her handbag and walked out of the room. Today was going to be a very long day.
Contrary to how the magazines portray Fashion Week, it is not as peaceful and glamorous as it seemed. The backstage would be extremely chaotic as photographers, stage directors and other individuals would scream at anyone who risked delaying the show. However, all the ugliness behind the scenes would only be known to those who were actually there.
After attending two shows, Lily and Fernando had dinner together in one of the most luxurious bars in Hong Kong. Though, Lily was curious about the matter between Fernando and Li Shanshan, she stopped herself from asking any questions about them as she did not want to ruin the mood. After dinner, Lily changed into another new outfit before she left for an after-party. It would be held at a hotel and Fernando was going to accompany her there.
At the same time, Qin Fei was also on her way to the same hotel with Tang Lingyun.
"As expected of my lovely daughter. I'm sure you will stand out later when we arrive at the hotel," Tang Lingyun immediately praised her daughter the moment she got inside the limo that Qin Fei was riding to the event. Qin Fei looked ravishing in a yellow sleeveless A-line gown that was adorned with sparkling gemstones. With her long and perfectly curled hair, Qin Fei looked just like a deity.
In response, Qin Fei give her mother a blooming smile. She was also excited to see how Xuan Hui would react to her entire look for the night. She looked forward to the attention she would get when she steps onto the red carpet.
Like most public figures, Qin Fei was very particular about her image. She wanted to portray a kind and gentle image, just like her mother. Because of this, when it came to filming and roles, she only wanted to play the role of a kind-hearted and gentle protagonist. She would reject all other roles and choose not to participate in a film which didn't offer the role she wanted. Moreover, with Xuan Hui's influence, she had been able to get the roles she wanted. Since Qin Fei had a pretty and innocent looking face, coupled with the roles she usually played, she immediately rose to fame.
Even though Qin Fei was now an A-list star, she was still not satisfied with what her achievements. Her discontentment stemmed from the way Xuan Hui's mother perceived and treated her. Xuan Hui's mother, Yang Lina was someone very traditional and she always hated the fact that Qin Fei was an actress. Aside from this, Yang Lina didn't like Qin Fei because the latter chose her career over starting a family. Like a typical mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship, Yang Lina and Qin Fei did not get along well for years.
Although things got a little better when Qin Fei finally got pregnant, Yang Lina often compared Qin Fei to other heiresses who were the same age as her, who already had children of their own. Moreover, she kept reminding Qin Fei that all she had right now was because of Xuan Hui. Because of this, Qin Fei was adamant to prove herself to her mother-in-law.
This was the reason why she wanted to establish her own fashion brand. She was also determined to do so by her own efforts, without relying on Xuan Hui's connections or Xuan Hui himself for help. She wanted to show her mother-in-law that she was capable.
At this point, Qin Fei was feeling really excited to attend the after party for two reasons. One, this would be her first time attending an event with a new identity: fashion designer. She would not just be known as a lady of the Xuan family or an A-list actress. Two, she was wearing her own design.
Weeks ago, when Qin Fei saw the gowns that Xuan Hui bought for her to wear for tonight's event, she almost tore the clothes to pieces simply because they looked so unflattering on her. The gowns neither flatter her baby bump nor accentuate her curves that developed during her pregnancy. This gave her an idea to design a gown that would look good on pregnant women, a gown that screams dashing and beautiful.
"Are you excited to see your husband? I'm sure Xuan Hui will be shocked to see you look like this," Tang Lingyun said with a big smile on her face.
"I am… I can't wait to see him falling in love with me all over again." Qin Fei gave her mother another smile before she sent a text to Xuan Hui.
The mother and daughter duo smiled at each other, unaware that they would soon have a taste of Lily's wrath.