On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 December, 2008, 12:00am

I love the dresses that Michelle Obama wears, especially the patterned one she wore when Barack won the nomination in August. Where can I get some?

First Call, The Peak

The Dictator rules: In case you hadn't noticed, Michelle Obama and everyone involved in the US election had sizeable wardrobe choices and budgets. There has been a lot of press coverage on her style (and comparatively little about her extraordinary academic and professional achievements). Lots of ink was dedicated to the black and red Narciso Rodriguez (spring 2009) dress she wore on election night. If you're referring to the dress she wore on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in August, you'll be disappointed. That 'Radzimir' print reverse kimono style from Thakoon's pre-spring 2009 collection sold out in record time. We have, however, seen a floral dress by the same designer that reminded us of what she wore for the first debate in September (HK$12,400; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). Mrs Obama has been photographed in everything from Azzedine Alaia to Gap, Moschino to J. Crew but she is most closely associated with Chicago designer Maria Pinto. We contacted the company (www.mariapinto.com) for you but, sadly, the label is not yet available in Hong Kong.

I want to get one of those cool and weird Tokyo watches with the LED. Do they sell them in Hong Kong or do I have to go to Japan?

Standard Eastern Time, Shouson Hill

The Dictator: You have to go to Japan. Not because you can't find something similar in Hong Kong but because you obviously have no concept of the sheer volume of fascinating and odd inventions coming out of the country. Your question could be answered with thousands of brands. Whether you meant Tokyoflash watches or not, you won't be disappointed. Take a look at some of its designs (HK$1,600 to HK$1,885) at Delay No Mall (68 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2577 6988), including the Twelve 5-9 B (HK$1,700). It's made with 26 LED lights: a circle of 12 to denote the hour; a bar of five to show 10 minute intervals; and another line of nine for minutes in single digits (and that's the least cryptic Tokyoflash design). Also at DNM, you might like the LLP brand of retro watch (about HK$2,880). Believe it or not, it doesn't have to be Japanese to be cool. If you love Tokyoflash, you'll probably like Nooka by Matthew Waldman at watch hub T-yama (shop 327, T-yama, 80 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3101 0481).