On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 September, 2003, 12:00am

See you later alligator

I'd like to buy a crocodile skin bag, where should I look?

Big Spender, The Peak

The Dictator rules: Unless you're rolling in money, this is not a cheap fad. Prada (Chater House, Central, tel: 2522 2989) has bright acid green, lavender and periwinkle crocodile skin bags as well as the classic black or brown ($38,000 to $49,000). If you can wait a while, Louis Vuitton (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2736 6100) will custom-make four styles of bag, including a gold-studded crocodile bag in almost any colour you want, and deliver it to you in in six to nine months ($56,400 to $136,000). Gucci (The Landmark, Central, tel: 2524 4492) offers this season's extra narrow bags with gold chain straps in a range of colours and also has a made-to-order service that takes four months ($135,000). For the understated, check out Loewe's casual, light brown Senda line ($78,000 to $99,000; Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2918 1120). A crocodile bag by Miu Miu (Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2375 1366) will set you back about $3,550 to $3,850, and comes in dark green or orange brown. Then again if price is a factor, a quality faux 'stamped' crocodile leather will only cost about 10 per cent of the real thing.

Tip toe

Where can I find flat ballerina shoes that used to be popular in the Eighties?

Prima Donna, Chi Fu Fa Yuen

The Dictator: Here's a revolutionary thought, fashion goes in cycles. A great one-stop shop for ballerinas is Lane Crawford (Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, tel: 2118-3668) which has the classic shoes in satin, metallic or patent black by Jaime Mascaro ($850), the gorgeous satin versions by Castaner ($1,250), the ones with big grosgrain bows by Ross ($1,350), and Moschino's Cheap & Chic ballerinas in satin with velvet ribbons ($2,100). Millie's (2/F, Uni Department Store, Taikoo Shing, Quarry Bay, tel: 2569 2973) has a more reasonably priced selection in various colours ($350 to $790). To feel like a prima ballerina, leg ribbons and all, visit Agnes B (The Galleria, 9 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2522 8275), where they are sold in red, black or grey suede ($1,580). Or try on the pastel ballerinas at InNIU (Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2735 0638). Wear them with capris, a-line skirts or jeans ... just please, no pirouettes.

Full moon rising

I'm tired of my G-string popping up above my hipster jeans. What underwear should I buy? I need help!

Pop Star, Wan Chai

The Dictator: Obviously. Whether it is a G-string or not is irrelevant; it's how high it reaches. The common term is 'low rise', not that puzzled shop assistants would know the difference. Other terms to bear in mind are 'boy cut' and 'thongboy'. For this assignment we thought we'd test Bonluxe's supposed high-end, private consultation-orientated service. They showed us pretty average cotton briefs with a lace waistband, not especially low and available only in lavender ($380; 502, Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2573 1218). You might as well just try as many types as possible, such as those made by DIM and sold in packs of two ($250; Lingerie Philosophy, Shop 123B, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2375 4833). I can't believe you haven't heard of them, but Wacoal makes U-Shorts that supposedly improve the shape of your derriere and come in lots of different colours, rising 11 centimetres, 13cm, 15cm and 18cm ($45 to $48; Shop 6, 1/F, Hing Wai Building, 36 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2523 5784). You won't want to show these babies off, but I guess that's the point, right?