On style, she rules
I have a hip-length fur coat that I would like to turn into the lining of a light coat or trench. Could you recommend a tailor (not too expensive) that can help me?
Fur Real, Tai Tam
The Dictator rules: I'm sorry. I think you've mistaken me for a fortune-teller. Sure, I can recommend several tailors. But I'd need a crystal ball to tell you whether they can execute your vision and how much they would charge. Variables include the state, type, quantity and quality of the fur, the fabric you select and the cut you would like. Our first choice would be expert furrier Siberian Fur (29 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2522 1380). Refreshingly, we didn't have to play charades or pictionary to explain the job; the staff understood immediately and quoted approximately: HK$8,000 to HK$12,000 to create your new coat in about two to three weeks. For an exact quote, take the coat to the store, choose the fabric and discuss specifics of cut and style. Alternatively, you could have the work done by a tailor such as Irene Fashions (3/F, 86 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2850 5635). It isn't a fur specialist, so it usually works with associates who are. In order to determine pricing and timeline, you will need to pay it a visit.
I'd love a fringed bag. And before you make fun of me, I've seen them mentioned in lots of magazines, especially a brand called JJ Williams or something, but I haven't seen it in Hong Kong. Any ideas?
On the Fringe, Central
The Dictator: Uh, I think you mean JJ Winters (www.jjwinters.com), the Beverly Hills designer popular among celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Sandra Bullock and Vanessa Hudgens. We haven't seen the brand in Hong Kong but you can order online at www.revolveclothing.com. If you people would get your heads out of the gossip magazines and actually go shopping you'd see that the stores are full of fabulous new collections and trends. Jimmy Choo's latest collection has mini to massive fringed bags in bright yellow or purple (HK$5,290 to HK$21,850; G/F, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 6068). The much-anticipated Trussardi 1911 collection has landed and includes the iconic chain-fringe shoulder bag (about HK$20,000; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). Before you send hate mail about the price of fashion, you might want to see the lower-priced black suede bags at Emporio Armani Accessori (HK$3,300; 1/F, Chater House, Central, tel: 2532 7738); and fringed hobos in red or black at Mango (HK$929; 1/F, IFC Mall, tel: 2295 3262).
I'm new in town and rather than tags on my rags, I prefer to use my natural assets as my fashion canvas. There's plenty of flair for my hair but how about a good talon salon for some styling nail art?
Double-Digit Dilemma, Pok Fu Lam
The Dictator: Wow. You sound almost as cute as bejewelled fingernails. Pick any nail salon and you'll probably find someone who can do nail art. Here are a few of our top choices: The Feel Good Factor (2/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2530 0610; www.feelgoodfactor.com.hk) has specialised nail technicians who will either take you through their many samples or will work with you to create your own nail designs. Charging by the individual nail, it offers: painted nail art (HK$30 and up), embossed nail art (HK$10 and up); and Swarovski crystal set- tings (HK$40 and up). You probably know Beau Nail (1/F, IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7328; www.beau-nail.com) as the go-to place for a mid-shopping, express manicure but it also does painted nail art (HK$20 and up, per nail) and crystals (HK$10 and up, per nail). Among its services, Mani Pedi (9/F, 20 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2815 3319; www.manipedi.com.hk) offers something called '3-D Nail Art' (HK$40 and up, per nail) as well as nail painting (HK$20 and up) and crystal application (HK$10 or more each). The list is long but you should also check out Jade Nails (1/F, Admiralty Centre, Admiralty, tel: 2520 2606) and Half Moon Nails & Beauty (B/F, AIE Building, 33 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2115 9977).