on style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am

Can I buy Thomas Pink's men's shirts in Hong Kong?

Pink-Collar Worker, Sheung Wan

The Dictator rules: Oh boy, you really do still need Mummy to dress you, don't you? It's extraordinary how you guys overcomplicate your simple little uniform. There are no Thomas Pink stores in Hong Kong and the shirts are not sold anywhere in the city, however they do deliver through www.thomaspink.co.uk. Once the order is 'authorised', it takes seven to 10 working days for delivery. You can select your shirt based on style, collar, cuff, colour, pattern and size. Prices range from HK$615 to HK$1,340. The average shirt costs about HK$1,088, not including delivery, which is HK$315.

What's a great colour for pedicures this summer? I spend a lot of time in sandals and want my toes looking as stylish as my footwear.

Feet First, Happy Valley

The Dictator: Aren't we excited to bare our toes? Did you just have those bunions removed or something? Some trend-touters are going on about neon colours for toes this season. The best we've seen are in the Neon Spree-On range by Essie (HK$100; Ten, unit 2201, Queen's Place, 74 Queen's Road Central, tel: 3104 0730), the brand made famous by everyone's favourite shade of pink, Ballet Slippers. The eye-popping colours include Hello Yellow, Outrageous Orange and Disco Pink. You'll definitely need your shades for Maybelline's Colorama Fruity Fizz line with the added dazzle (read horror) of pearly shimmer in Fresh Pineapple, Raspberry Sorbet or Punchy Kiwi (only HK$19; Sasa, various locations, tel: 2505 5023; www.sasa.com). Also at Sasa, the bargain bins offer cheaper nail polishes in electrifying rainbow tones such as Suki (HK$9.50). Even the traditionalists are doing summer brights, including Chanel, whose Orange Blossom is tangy without being tasteless (HK$150; Seibu, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3888). Or, you could scrap the whole thing and go for a classic, sexy red. We love YSL's range (HK$150; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388).

I'm looking for an underground brand for guys. My friend had one of the label's T-shirts, with a simple 'V' on it. Don't be too hard on me.

Simple Simon, Sai Kung

The Dictator: Why would I be? Life must be hard enough for you as it is, given your limited level of intelligence. You could have simply asked your friend about his T-shirt. OK, I'll stop. It's probably the Japanese brand Visvim, which is sold at F.I.L (G/F, 18 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2525 7550), a relatively new store dedicated to the label, and at other places such as the menswear department (tel: 2118 7777) of Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central. The brand follows founder Hiroki Nakamura's philosophy that the clothes we wear are our daily tools and should be of the highest quality and functionality. That should help you justify the price tags of HK$1,000 to HK$6,000 for T-shirts, jeans and anoraks for men (and women, I'll have you know), as well as trainers (HK$2,000 to HK$3,000) and more lifestyle-oriented gear such as candles (HK$650 each).