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I'm just passing through Hong Kong and didn't pack well. I'm sick of the clothes I brought. Can I still buy simple silk blouses without any frills here?
Spun Out, The Peninsula
The Dictator rules: And we thought it was annoying when readers asked for items from previous seasons. You're a decade too late. Back then, unembellished silk tops were everywhere. As shopkeepers will tell you, silk manufacturing is not what it used to be. You may also have noticed that fashion has changed. For these reasons, this simple-sounding request is exceedingly awkward. The best (read: OK) yield comes from Stanley. Ann G. Fashion (9 Stanley Main Street, tel: 2813 5026) sells elegant long- and short-sleeved blouses in silk satin (HK$499 to HK$599). While you're there, it's worth visiting Good Fortunate (blouses from about HK$170; 25 Stanley Main Street, tel: 2813 2878). Also explore the home linen shops and have a dig through the old stock of classic Chinese silk blouses (HK$400 to HK$850). Chinese Arts & Crafts (59 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2901 0338) shows some restraint on its printed silk blouses (HK$420), with cute enamel balls for buttons. Back at the malls, Emporio Armani (shop 101, Chater House, Central, tel: 2532 7711) currently carries chic short- and long-sleeved tops (HK$2,900 to HK$3,900) in silver, dove grey, black or peach. We also liked a few pieces at Boss Hugo Boss (HK$2,700 to HK$6,450; shop 2092, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 3188 1171) and Joan & David (HK$1,400 to HK$2,200; shop 2087, IFC Mall, tel: 2526 8828). So, basically, the answer is no.
I saw you mentioned adidas recently and it reminded me I need to replace my old pair of adidas Roms. Where can I buy them (for men)?
Well Trained, Wan Chai
The Dictator: If you need to be reminded to buy shoes, it makes us wonder. Does that mean 'old' as in you've been sweating in them since their first launch in 1959 or the update in 1979? Or were you lucky enough to snap up one of the recent re-issues, now no longer in stock? The former would inspire a mixture of awe and disgust (and an entrepreneurial desire to make a fortune on the collectables market). The latter only makes us think of two options: stylish man or member of Team Zissou (not necessarily mutually exclusive). In light of this, we put in a Herculean effort to find adidas Rom for you. We tried the adidas Originals flagship store (shop B, 6 Kingston Street, Causeway, tel: 2504 2186), the adidas Factory Outlet (shop G06, Citygate, 20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, tel: 2109 3010; www.citygateoutlets.com.hk) and multi-brand sports shops; we even elbowed through Mong Kok's 'Sneaker Street' (Fa Yuen Street, where it runs parallel to the Ladies Market). Those elusive Roms were nowhere to be found. Now, we're all for tasteful fashion obsessions but, really, don't all the brand's retro trainers look similar enough to find an alternative? We spied several suitable replacements, including the adidas Jogging (HK$500) and the adidas SL72 (HK$550), sold at chains such as Marathon Sports and GigaSports. If only the Rom will do, then you'll have to hit the secondary market. We found a new pair (US$109.99) in classic white with blue, US size 8.5, posted on eBay by a Hong Kong-based seller.
I used an eye-shadow that came in a tube for years but it's gone all hard and I don't think they make it any more. The powder doesn't stay on as long. Where can I find the 'wet' kind again?
On the Tube, Magazine Gap
The Dictator: Oh, the potential for cheap humour ... we'll ignore it and get straight to the question. These days, you're more likely to find cream eye-shadow in a pot. Enough eye make-up for an entire circus troupe used to flood from the tube packaging, so the new tubs are much better. Lola Cosmetics (Faces, shop OT 202, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3188 4220) makes waterproof gel eye colour in jewel tones (HK$200). Sugar Baby (Seibu, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2971 3888) has a range of eye creams called Dream Queen and a more shimmery style named Eye Candy (HK$135). Smashbox (shop B2, Langham Place, Mong Kok, tel: 3514 9375) makes a cream eye liner (HK$185) that can be applied as eye-shadow. Shu Uemura's Eye Shimmer (HK$100; shop 29, level 1, Langham Place, tel: 2994 0487) is available in three colours and is ideal for highlighting. Walk into Watsons or Mannings and you'll find Revlon's gold- or silver-coloured Molten Metal liquid shadow (HK$69) as well as a cream-based stick shadow (HK$78) from the brand's Colorstay range in pastel shades. Our favourite has to be the new Paint Pot by M.A.C (HK$135; Faces), which is long-lasting, well priced and sold in many colours.