by Vivian Chen
A favourite winter fabric, traditional British tweed is updated this season by brands such as Luella (in pink and purple), D&G (tartan and tweed) and Chanel, whose classic tweed jackets have received a cool makeover, complete with geometric and graphic patterns.
Of course, the biggest challenge when it comes to wearing tweed is avoiding the straitlaced librarian look and keeping it young, dynamic and fun.
I remember seeing a snapshot of Mischa Barton which illustrates my point perfectly. She cleverly avoided looking matronly by pairing her classic Chanel tweed blazer with a white tank top, low-rise jeans and flats.
While this is the easiest way to keep the look young, I have spotted some local fashionistas who have effortlessly mixed and matched their tweed pieces in a fun and hip way.
Hiro (right), for example, is wearing a tweed bomber jacket with a cotton wool mix ballerina skirt and black tank top. The jacket features slightly masculine details, such as the bronze buttons and cotton trim, which keeps her outfit from looking too girly. She has also slipped on a pair of patent leather pumps with a lace trim, which are fun.
For a more casual look, Katrina (left) has opted for a purple knee-length tweed trench. Her curly long hair against the shaggy white fur collar looks elegant and sophisticated. Her decorative tights featuring geometric details add dimension to the outfit. The white cheverette chain bag and black Mary Jane flats complete the look.
For the items mentioned above, check out the first floor of Hang Lung Centre in Causeway Bay (2-20 Paterson St) where I have spotted a cropped tweed jacket in orange with puff sleeves.
I've also seen a zipped salt-and-pepper tweed biker jacket at Japanese label Moussy (Shop 502, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 6622). As know as de base (Shop 262, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2735 3908) also has a cool green and grey tartan tweed bomber jacket.