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On style, she rules

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 March, 2011, 12:00am

I hate skinny jeans. They never look good on me. So you can imagine my happiness when a friend told me the 1970s-style bell-leg jeans are back in. Do you know where can I get some?

Going Wide, Stanley

The Dictator rules: No, actually, we find it rather difficult to imagine your happiness as we rarely wear jeans (owning casual clothing can lead to sloppy, lazy dressing) and, when we do, they're usually of the sleek, skinny variety. However, we can confirm that wide leg and higher, more natural waist jeans are definitely 'in' for spring-summer. We went straight to denim specialists Indigo (32A Staunton Street, Central, tel: 2147 3000) and found the Flaunt Trouser by Citizens of Humanity (HK$1,800) as well as the Roxy Kick Flare jeans by DL1961 (HK$1,300). The most referenced premium denim label associated with this trend seems to be J Brand (left; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388); check out the bell-bottomed Bette or the high-waisted Eve (both HK$2,500 and up). We saw a pair of flared, high-rise jeans at Tory Burch, too (HK$1,900; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7282). Levi's Vintage collection has captured a 60s look that might appeal (HK$2,499: IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7125). Alternatively, check out the softer, slouchier summer denims by brands such as Gat Rimon (HK$1,345; Rue Madame, IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7880). Keep an eye out for the arrival of other 70s-inspired styles at Celine, Goldsign, Elizabeth and James and Current/Elliott, to name a few.

I have very fond memories of my mother's vanity table and all the exotic potions that used to cover it. My favourite was a perfume called Fragonard. I used to steal in there and dab it on my wrist and sniff it when she was away. I haven't seen it anywhere to buy - ever - and I'd love a reminder of the past like that.

Scent Memory, Robinson Road

The Dictator: Woah. Your nostalgia hovers between sentimentality and just plain creepy. You can now weird out and linger in your past with not only the original Fragonard scent but also others from the same French perfumer, which has been producing fine fragrances since 1926. The elegant combination of white flowers and mellow amber is sold at Harvey Nichols for HK$390. For more information, visit www.fragonard.com. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it? It'll be much more difficult to give up the past and look to the future. Take a baby step. While there, you should also try the company's other fragrances, such as the Reve Indien, Sorenza and Soleil eau de toilette (HK$350 and up).

Where do I find one of those double finger rings? I love the way they look. Sweet!

Double Trouble, Kennedy Town

The Dictator: We're not sure what you're thinking of but 'sweet' isn't exactly the word we'd have chosen for what are essentially knuckle dusters. (Please don't punch my lights out for saying that.) Not to mention that, once on, the design acts purely to stabilise the massive motif on top, obscuring the number of bands on consecutive fingers. Anyway, 'double finger' sounds positively vulgar. Can we please use 'double band' instead, as designer Delfina Delettrez does? Take, for example, the Fendi progeny's iconic lips ring in rubies and cognac diamonds (HK$79,500; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, tel: 2118 7777). Taher Chemirik does his with signature geometric shapes (HK$17,500 and up; Lane Crawford). If costume jewellery will do, take a look at the Sparrow Double Finger Ring from Juicy Couture (HK$990; The Landmark, tel: 2118 2011). Even cheaper, Cotton On has a faux turquoise double band ring going for only HK$69 (2 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2537 4279). Noir's powerful statement piece writes the word 'Zeus' across the knuckles with cursive, diamante attitude (HK$900; Harvey Nichols). Or did you mean two bands running up one finger, like the lobster ring by Stephen Webster (HK$197,400; Lane Crawford), or the one by spike-obsessed designer Joomi Lim (HK$1,900; Harvey Nichols)? We have to wonder, though, about investing in finger shackles. Women have worked hard to rid themselves of hampering fashions, so why move backwards?