On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

Where can I buy classic preppy Bluchers like I used to wear at prep school? I confess, my knowledge of clothing is limited to what I wore growing up on the East Coast.

East is Best, Tai Tam

The Dictator rules: Where? Well, at the same place you bought almost everything else back then: LL Bean (www.llbean.com). Hand-sewn Blucher moccasins cost US$69 while the heavy-duty types are US$79, not including shipping fees. Blucher, named after Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, a legendary general from the Napoleonic era, is a term broadly used for a type of derby shoe whose vamp and tongue are cut as one, with quarters that come over the vamp and are laced together. Now, we know you will be sensitive to the comparison with boat shoes/docksiders/topsiders, but they really do look the same to the naked eye. If you cannot wait for the delivery, see the selection at Timberland (HK$890 to HK$1,090; shop 116, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2868 0845; www. timberland.com).

Where can I get one of those shirts that are tight up until below your bust, but then flow out? Kind of like a maternity shirt.

Go With the Flow, Heng Fa Chuen

The Dictator: I know I'm always telling you people to suck it up, but today's message is: suck it IN! Sack-shaped dresses in fashion have made women breathe a sigh of relief ... but you don't seem to have taken that gut back in again. If you must wear a flowing top, though, the empire waist is definitely more attractive than the tent variety. The romantic Philippine ruffled silk blouse by Diane von Furstenberg is surprisingly flattering (HK$2,800; shop 1061, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8477). Max & Co mixes a knit until the high waist followed by a print jersey below (HK$1,580; OC 223A, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2314 7931). Ted Baker takes the idea in a different direction: its empire-waisted wool mix blouse flares out with bat wing sleeves then nips back in at the top of the hips (HK$1,500; OT 311A, Harbour City, tel: 2736 6323). Stores such as Mango do the more casual T-shirt version (HK$345; GW 2315, Harbour City, tel: 2314 3565). To achieve the same bump-hiding look, you could try a top that crosses over at the bust, such as Hugo Boss' sexy black one (HK$2,300; GW G107, Harbour City, tel: 2735 1962). Or look for empire-waisted tunics at resort-wear specialists such as Amandarling (www.amandarling.com) and Mandarin Orange (www. mandarinorangeclothing.com).

Can you please let me know where I can get a set of beautiful and good-quality sleeping silk eye masks? I looked all over the shops in Central, but just cannot find it.

Forty Winks, Tin Hau

The Dictator: Ah. You want it for sleeping. Sure (wink, wink). It's fine if you want to keep up this farce with us, but you're not helping your search by playing innocent. If you're new to playing these games, take an easy first step into the lingerie area at Lane Crawford (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). There, Agent Provocateur has a pretty lace mask (HK$1,475) as well as other styles for about HK$1,010 while Kiki de Montparnasse has all sorts of toys, including eye masks for HK$790. The demure yet sexy Secret Wardrobe (15B Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2810 9662; www.secret-wardrobe.com.hk) has silk and lace blindfolds for only HK$80. When you're feeling more daring, head to one of the many sex shops in Hong Kong, or hide behind your computer through sites such as www.wanta.net, which sells accessories including the Cat Attack Eye Mask for only HK$50, or the Honeymoon Essential Kit of a black mask, soft glove and 'fantasy teaser' for a bargain HK$188, both by SM Toys. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.)