On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 July, 2010, 12:00am

I saw a Chanel bag in crochet that I absolutely adored but I couldn't justify that much money on a summer bag. I was thinking of using the crochet theme for a less expensive dress that I could wear forever. Any thoughts?

Hooked on Crochet, Hung Hom

The Dictator rules: First thought is: do you wear rings? Knits and crochet items snag easily on claws, whether they be of the animal or jewellery variety. So, wearing a crochet dress 'forever' might not be realistic. And we haven't even got into the potential body issues. (This can be as hard to pull off as spandex.) We do agree, though, that the HK$37,600 Chanel 2.55 bag in crochet might be a bit much for a sober shopping budget. (If you're handy with a crochet hook, you might find this website interesting: www.counterfeitcrochet.org). Diane von Furstenberg's spring-summer collection should supply everything you need, with various crochet macram? dresses lined in georgette, available in cream, white, yellow or black (HK$3,500 to HK$5,800; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8477). French Connection has added night-on-the-town-worthy beading to its short black, long-sleeved knit dress (HK$1,799; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 4006). At the cheaper end, you'll find quite a few knit or crochet dresses at Mango (HK$559 and up; Harbour City, tel: 2314 3565), including a golden, long-sleeved tunic (HK$795) that would work well for summer. Also take a look at brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Vanessa Bruno, Juicy Couture and Karen Millen.

I'm so excited! I hear Thakoon has designed some jewellery with a Japanese pearl company. Is it sold in Hong Kong?

Pearly Partners, Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator: Yawn. Have you been in hibernation? All the way back in December, the world and the wires were abuzz about fashion whiz kid Thakoon Panichgul's appointment as creative director for Japanese jeweller Tasaki. What's so exciting is he has succeeded where others have failed. While other pearl specialists have tried to attract younger customers with twee motifs, Thakoon has given the traditional gem an edgy look. The line includes geometric, modern rings, including a gold one topped with a row of five white pearls, and lariat necklaces. Actually, your cluelessness might have worked in your favour. Although there is a Tasaki store in Hong Kong (10/F, Nan Fung Tower, 173 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan, tel: 2525 5309), it doesn't currently sell the Thakoon collection. So, you'd have been pining in vain since the collection's official launch in April. Unless you're planning a trip to Japan (See www.tasaki.co.jp for shop locations), check back with the Hong Kong store in a few months to see if they've followed through on their tentative plans to stock the pieces by September. To give you an idea of how much to save till then, prices are predicted to start at about HK$42,800.

I saw some interesting tights in the window at Joyce a few weeks ago. They were like a cross between tights and suspenders but without all the clips and fussy bits. I went in to buy some but they didn't sell them. Where can I get some?

Suspenders in Time, Kennedy Town

The Dictator: Good thinking. It's not like it's summer or anything. You need to get with the season and dress for hot weather. (You probably need to adjust your air conditioner, too.) Your best solution would be the Emilio Cavallini 'leggings with garter', which come in a relatively sheer 30 denier and in various shades, including black (HK$319; Private Shop, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2877 5655). Fans of Wolford (read: women with a substantial hosiery budget) might like its sheer Individual 10 Stocking (HK$270; Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2526 8078) and the trompe l'oeil Hot Dots tights (HK$540). If you become obsessed with suspender tights (a scary thought), then stock up at www.mytights.com, where you'll find the excellent 40 denier, matte black ones by Henry Holland for Pretty Polly (about HK$155, excluding shipping); as well as other suspender tights and leggings by Trasparenze and Charnos.