on style, she rules
You know those shoes that are like trainers but are more stylish and look more like shoes? I want some of those. Where can I buy some with style for all the walking I do?
Walking Wounded, Pok Fu Lam
The Dictator rules: Ah yes, that irresistible shoe category we've also seen described as: comfort (ugh), sport fashion (ew) and casual flats (ick). Whatever you call them, just take a stroll down Mong Kok's trainer hub, around Fa Yuen and Dundas streets, and you'll see them all around. Or visit a sports store - there's an idea. Shops such as GigaSports (shop 124, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9088) and Marathon Sports (shop 616, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 3139) carry sporty slip-ons. Look for trendy brands such as DKNY (HK$750) and the younger Sketchers (HK$450) or hip sports brands such as adidas (HK$400, or more if it's a collaboration with a famous designer). Walker Shop, with locations all over town, is another place worth checking (customer hotline: 2331 3885). You could also try individual brand stores such as Puma (about HK$490; shop GW2605, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2377 1775), where they have a few flashy trainers that scream, 'No, I'm not a trainer'. How's this for sport luxe: fashion label Cole Haan and Nike Air have created a collection that includes, for example, leather and satin flats (HK$1,500; Lane Crawford, Pacific Place, tel: 2118 3668) using the sport shoe's 'technology', whatever that means. They look good, though.
I love Emily the Strange but I worry about buying fake goods, especially when I see cute copies in market stalls. Do any stores here sell the real thing?
Strange Fan, Chai Wan
The Dictator: If you're such a fan, you should know all about www.emilystrange.com. We were going to direct you to Sistyr Sistyr (13 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2523 0786) until we learned from the above website that a dedicated Emily the Strange store opened last month (shop 2604a, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 0086). It stocks a wide range of the inexplicably popular brand's products, from hair clips to quilted satin jackets and everything in between, such as throw cushions, badges, mascara, T-shirts and trainers (about HK$60 to HK$950). We've since read up on the fictional Emily, a 13-year-old loner who loves black cats, wears black stockings and has long, black hair. It seems her black, red and white world is depicted not only on fashion pieces but also in a quarterly comic book, graphic novels and more. While you're at it, why don't you join the website's fan club?
I can't find Kerastase Nutritive's Advanced Repair Serum For Damaged Ends anywhere in Hong Kong any more. Any ideas? It's one of those things I can't seem to find a replacement for.
Frizzy Logic, Central
The Dictator: OK, I called the company directly (because I'm that powerful) and they had no idea what you're talking about. Frankly, after my own investigations, neither do I. Do you? If you're looking for a hair treatment by Kerastase, the L'Oreal-owned brand, then head straight for the Kerastase Institute (shop 219, Phase I, New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, tel: 2692 2081). We won't even berate you for not knowing about it since it's not exactly around the corner for a lot of us. Try the brand's Nutritive Serum Nutri-Sculpt (HK$250), which is said to provide 'lustrous repair for damaged and sensitised ends'. Others that might help include Serum Oleo-Relax (HK$250) and the Serum Apres-Soleil (HK$220). Alternatively, you could visit one of the Il Colpo Group locations, such as Salon Ide (shop 901, Times Square, tel: 3102 8008), which carry many of the Kerastase and L'Oreal Professional hair-care products. By the way, cutting off those split ends is another effective solution. I guess your hair is not the only dull thing about you.