Dandy & Dapper
Your piece on a PJ party got me thinking. I've noticed pyjama tops worn as normal day shirts. Is it sloppy or a fashion thing?
Mr Dandy: It depends on who's wearing them (LOL)! I love that you still see grandpas in their PJs at the supermarket in certain neighbourhoods, but it's not exactly a great look. It's not a Hugh Hefner thing, either. In the designer world, this trend has been around for at least a couple of years, too. Starting in about 2009, brands such as Dolce & Gabbana began making fancy PJ-inspired daywear for girls, and it's continued to be pretty hot this season. Style icons such as Rachel Roy have been seen out in them. Why is it always the women who have all the fun, though? For guys, I've only got two designer picks. There's the Louis Vuitton cream and navy striped shirt, which was styled on the runway over another shirt, almost like a jacket (HK$14,700; The Landmark, Central, tel: 8100 1182). At Salvatore Ferragamo, there are a few great cotton shirts with PJ-inspired contrast piping in white and beige or white and blue (HK$3,800 to HK$4,500; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7388). Wear them untucked over jeans or casual trousers; blazer is optional.
Mr Dapper: I think all straight men around the globe remain thankful to whichever genius made it fashionable for women to wear lacy lingerie slips as cocktail dresses all those years ago. However, there is a distinction between that and, say, the pretensions of pyjama-clad artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel appearing rumpled on the red carpet. Come now, gentlemen. Rolling out of bed and appearing in public unkempt and unwashed is never acceptable. So, by all means, do invest in a luxurious pair of pyjamas from, say, Olatz (by ex-Mrs Schnabel) in cotton or silk (about HK$4,270 and up; www.shopolatz.com). But, please, keep them to yourself.
My friend is turning himself into a rock star to celebrate his 40th birthday soon and needs to get an outfit made. Anyone you know make nasty 1980s outfits?
Mr Dandy: Ooh, I'm all over this one! What type of rock star? I mean, there's a big difference between Elvis, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, and The Boss, you know? Just being nosy, really, since there are some awesome custom and ready-made costume sources around. Just be careful when you use the word 'nasty', my friend.
It could mean something leaning towards porn, if you know what I mean. Everyone and their mother goes to Partyland (Basement, 51 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2147 9283; www.myparty.com.hk) because it's very good. But another great costume shop is Remy Fashion (24 Li Yuen Street West, Central, tel: 2524 8847), which can usually stitch up a costume for you in two weeks, or you can pick from the bulging racks of ready-made clothes and accessories. I think Matteo Party is worth checking out, too (3/F, 530 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2342 8887; www.matteoparty.com). Rock on!
Mr Dapper: On the rare occasion I am forced to play dress-up, I prefer to do it well, with the help of experts. I sincerely doubt that the fantastic Costume Hire Service at the Academy for Performing Arts (www.hkapa.edu) will be able to rent you something appropriate for that particular theme, but do keep it in mind for the future. Maybe House of Siren will take your case (tel: 2530 2371; www.siren.com.hk).