Faye’s Fashion Statement in Drab Gray

Perhaps only Faye Wong (王菲) could pull this off — looking great in matronly drab gray, like something you’d wear around the house on a cold day when you’re not expecting company. To fit the occasion, Faye has eliminated all hints of color and tried in vain to look somber in faded grays and blacks. OK, the boots are cool and the shades are, too. But the rest? Vintage thrift store. Still, she looks fantastic. When you got it, you can’t hide it.

Faye Wong Tops the Daily News Ranking

According to Sohu.com (23 May 2008), Faye Wong’s (王菲) coming out of a three-year retirement to perform in the CCTV (China Central Television) disaster relief program on May 18 topped the daily news ranking. It was viewed by 5,134,986 people. Second place wasn’t even close — CCTV’s hosting of hundreds of appearance-spot contributions was watched by 507,762.

More Videos of Faye Wong in HK – May 21

In the first video, [7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.] Faye arrives at Hong Kong airport. In the second, [7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.] she arrives at Hong Kong Coliseum for the Buddhist service. ADDED: Up until the third video below, we knew that Faye was mobbed by the press at the airport and at the entrance to the Coliseum. However, we didn’t realize how bad it was within the Coliseum until Stila 321’s video upload. Faye was literally surrounded by a horde of reporters with cameras and lights from the moment she entered. Her every move was closely followed and recorded. Even when she sat quietly in the audience, reporters were crowded around her with their cameras. In fact, from certain angles, we can’t even see Faye. All we see are the backs of the journalists swarming over her. Despite the serious and religious nature of Faye’s presence at the service, the thirst for information, photos, videos, and quotes from Faye is not only unquenchable but growing in leaps and bounds by the hour. It seems the more the Chinese people see of Faye, the thirstier they become for more and more. All of this media attention is an absolute boon to the fundraising efforts for the Sichuan earthquake victims, and I’m sure Faye understands this and is, thus, willing to suffer the constant onslaught. The bottom line is that no one — absolutely no one — is bigger than Faye Wong (王菲) in China. And as Maggie Q says, second place isn’t even close.

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.]

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.]

ADDED: The following video was uploaded to YouTube by Stila321 earlier today. It captures Faye in the Coliseum:

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.]

Lucky Fans Got to Shake Faye Wong’s Hand

On 18 May 2008, after performing in the Beijing CCTV earthquake relief show, which ran a marathon four hours, from 8PM to midnight, Faye left the building and headed for the family van, which was parked outside. Faye’s part of the show was the highlight and didn’t go on until 11:30PM. Thus, she had had a very long day and must have been tired. She sang “Wishing We Last Forever” (但愿人长久) with Eason Chan (Chen Yi Xun, 陈奕迅), Faith Yang (Yang Nai Wen, 杨乃文), and Aniu (阿牛). When she entered the car, the driver told her about a large group of fans who had waited nearly five hours to get a glimpse of her. They were holding banners identifying them as Faye’s fans, and when they saw her, they shouted her name to get her attention. Faye asked the driver to pull up close to the group and to lower the window. She wanted to acknowledge them, in appreciation for their vigil. The fans went wild and immediately surrounded the car, competing with one another to shake Faye’s hand through the open window. (See the photos below.) When a male fan shouted, “Ah Faye, you must return!”, Faye nodded without hesitation, saying “Good! Good!” Shortly thereafter, Faye and the fans said their goodbyes and the van drove off. [Source: Newcnsnews, 22 May 2008]

Comment: I’m not sure how much credence we can give to this report, but if it’s true, then we could conclude that a comeback is not out of the question. I guess it’s all in the way we interpret Faye’s “Good! Good!” reply to the fan’s question. Does it simply mean “I’m glad you want me to return”? Or does it mean more?