On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am


Help! Now that Lane Crawford's gone from Pacific Place, where am I going to find my Topshop fix? I've looked in its other shops, but couldn't find it and the staff didn't know what I was talking about, which is never a good sign. Is it gone again or what?

To the Top, Happy Valley

The Dictator rules: Calm down. You're right, you can no longer find Topshop there, but it's closer than you might think. The British brand, which was founded in 1964 and is known for its ultra-trendy fast fashion at affordable prices, has simply jumped across the hallway to Harvey Nichols (Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 3968 2668). What used to be a limited selection, which started with choice pieces from the Topshop x Kate Moss line, is now a broader range of pieces from a variety of collections. That includes upcoming designer collaborations (remember its wildly successful teaming up with Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou?), the Topshop Unique line and other bits and bobs from the autumn-winter range. On our last browse through the racks, we saw everything from whimsical and summery ice cream all-over print shorts in silk-like poly (HK$450) to the Harlequin sequin dress by Dress Up Topshop (HK$2,590). You can expect to spend about HK$790 to HK$990 on cool dresses, trousers, tops and so on. Of course, the official website does cater to and deliver to Hong Kong customers, so you could simply head to www.topshop.com to scratch that itch. Note, too, that it is offering free worldwide delivery on orders of ?100 (HK$1,200) or more. If you're really fanatical about the brand, why not treat yourself to a shopping weekend in a nearby country that does have Topshop stores? Singapore and Indonesia have six stores each; Thailand has four; Japan has five. Thus far, Hong Kong weighs in with a big fat zero. Go figure.

I know, I know, this is a bit weird, but is it possible I saw a woman wearing Liberty-print rainboots? And if so, where can I purchase some?! I did actually go to the Liberty website, Dictator, but I could swear the only rainboots I saw there were not floral and they were also sold out! Is there possibly a source in Hong Kong?

Give Me Liberty!, Sai Kung

The Dictator: I suppose anything is possible when you're weird. Of course, I have no way of knowing what you saw at that particular moment, but I can tell you that such boots do exist. You might have seen any number of prints from the archives of Liberty of London - the brand has been creating textiles since 1875 - but the ones you desire are most likely from the Liberty of London for Aigle collection (HK$980). That's the good news. The bad news is they've been selling like hotcakes over the past few months, so you'll have to call the stores in advance to avoid disappointment. On your side of the harbour, try the Aigle boutiques at: New Town Plaza (Sha Tin, tel: 2688 0302); Ocean Terminal (Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 9788); Festival Walk (Kowloon Tong, tel: 2265 8098); Elements (1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8698); or K11 (18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3122 4488). At Aigle's website, www.aigleboots.co.uk, you'll be able to buy the limited-edition Aigle Chantelib Liberty Print Boot in natural rubber with a plain polyamide lining (HK$1,195; ref: AIG84). But why stop there? Tons of websites sell funky wellies these days, including www.target.com and www.wellywarehouse.co.uk.