Dandy & Dapper
I'm 16 and looking for a website that will help keep me up to date with the latest trends as I'm going to be too busy studying over the next two years to loose time exploring new styles. Can you help?
Mr Dandy: If you cannot afford to 'loose' any more time, then you should first rush to local online bookstore www.paddyfield.com and buy yourself a dictionary before you lose any more marks for spelling. It's much easier to shop online when you know what you want but you might start looking for inspiration at sites such as www.thecorner .com. It features some of the most sought-after brands around, including Acne, Band of Outsiders, Kitsune, Undercover, etc, and ships to Hong Kong. The Corner is part of the Yoox Group, which includes international designer shop, www.yoox.com. RevolveClothing.com seems to have it all stitched up, with some of the best denim and contemporary brands out there. You could also trawl local retailers for ideas (and quick deliveries). Uber-cool boutique Kapok (www.ka-pok.com) is one such place. We also hope more Hong Kong designers such as Guerilla Twenty Four (www.Guerilla24.com) start selling their collections on the internet.
Mr Dapper: If you don't already, you should start regularly browsing the website of Parisian stylemaker Colette, (www.colette.fr), which has a fantastic selection of men's clothes and accessories in the Eshop section. Actually, many international labels ship to Hong Kong these days, inclu- ding Abercrombie & Fitch (www.abercrombie.com), which never fails to alight the, ahem, senses. Too bad you're not a girl, because there are new sites such as Gizzy & Nacho (www.gizzynacho.com) that have started bringing interesting, up-and-coming womenswear brands to Hong Kong.
Where can I buy a cool ready-made cotton suit for the summer that won't cost me millions?
Mr Dapper: That depends on what you mean by 'cool'. For all we know, you might be looking for a modern, minimalist cotton suit by the likes of ck Calvin Klein, which makes them in a range of beiges (jackets, HK$2,290; trousers, HK$1,690; Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2526 8808), as well as separates in greys or black. See also the denim-like texture of the casual suit at AX Armani Exchange (HK$1,090, trousers; HK$1,990, jacket; Times Square, tel: 2506 1688). In the slightly crumpled area of the trend, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair has got it right with a black jacket (HK$5,699; I.T, Times Square, tel: 2506 0569) and matching trousers (HK$3,199).
Mr Dandy: Speaking of wrinkles, many men shun linen for its propensity to crease but we think it's a summer essential. DKNY recommends its two-button sports blazer in stone beige (HK$4,590; 11 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 2799) worn with Bermuda shorts (HK$1,290; this could either look great or go horribly wrong) or straight leg, casual trousers (HK$1,490). Check out Massimo Dutti's amazingly affordable cotton-linen separates (HK$690, trousers; HK$1,690, jacket; Times Square, tel: 2506 0050). Or, you could be in search of a perennial beige cotton suit, as seen at D'Urban, to name just one (HK$3,900, jacket; HK$1,490, trousers; Times Square, tel: 2506 2126).