on style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 December, 2007, 12:00am

I want to buy some smart new clothes before the Christmas parties start. I'd like a dress that looks like a long-ish tuxedo jacket. Does such a thing exist or will I have to have one made? I'm not sure how it will actually look on.

Formally Yours, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Dictator rules: My, aren't you original. Actually, no, you're not. Yves Saint Laurent (shop G116, 11 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2377 2608, and shop G3, Alexandra House, tel: 2868 0092) thought of it long before you. The brand's double-breasted mini-dress in cream is not only elegant, it's sexy too - a difficult combination to achieve and best left to the masters. However, at HK$18,540, you'd better be sure you like it.

In fact, you're so far behind the times that more reasonable retailers such as Zara have sold out of this style. If you'd like to have one custom made, be specific about what you want or you could end up looking like you got locked out of your house while naked and had to borrow a man's jacket. Ask for a slim - rather than boxy - cut to show off some waist. A low-cut collar (we favour the shawl collar) would be another feminine touch. Try Margaret Court (flat G, 8/F, Winner Building, 27 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2525 5596) or Soong's Salon de Mode (flat A, 2/F, Hanchung Mansion, 8 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2723 1400).

I have a lot of stray hair on my forehead and upper lip, but cannot afford the time and money needed for regular waxing. I've read some Japanese electronics makers produce shavers for women with this problem. Are these products available in Hong Kong?

Razor's Edge, Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator: We were tempted to scream, 'What? Are you crazy?' Then we did some research and found there is a market for electric razors for women. Who would have thought it? We physically recoil at the thought of the stubble this must create ... but it seems Braun also thinks it's a good idea. Its battery-operated Silk Finish 'lady shaver' has a regular and a precision cutting head plus long and short trimming combs and a brush. Oh, and it comes in a very ladylike shade of pink. All that for only HK$198. Find it at appliance stores such as Broadway (shop F02, Hang Lung Centre, 2 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3427 9819) and department stores such as Wing On (211 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, tel: 2852 1888; www.wingonet.com).

Braun also makes the Silk-epil Xelle (HK$758), a more versatile hair-removal machine that offers precision shaving or 'epilation', pulling out each hair rather than cutting it off. Now wouldn't that be a nice surprise in your Christmas stocking? Not.

Where can I find that big silver metal belt I've seen in lots of magazine photo shoots? It is very wide and has fetishy stuff such as padlocks on it.

Waist Management, North Point

The Dictator: So that's the way you like it? Um, try the captions; you know, the place where magazines list the products shown in fashion spreads. You're probably talking about the Dolce & Gabbana belt (HK$8,500) from the autumn/winter collection. Lucky you. Even this late in the season there is still one or two at the label's boutique (shop G2, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, tel: 2877 5558).

Just in case, we looked around for alternatives and came up with, well, not much. Emporio Armani also produced a stunning, somewhat more streamlined metallic silver belt (HK$2,900), but only the black version is available in Hong Kong (Emporio Armani Accessori, shop 112, Chater House, Central, tel: 2532 7738) .