On style, she rules
I saw this amazing white top and I'd like to get one for myself. It's plain all over except on the sleeves, which have flowery bits sort of hanging off of them, sort of sticking out, if you know what I mean?
Petal Pusher, The Peak
The Dictator rules: Gosh, you should be a fashion writer. Not. Chloe (Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, tel: 2865 2833) has done 'floral' this spring-summer with its signature subtle approach. Take a look at the white shirt with white flower appliqu?s on the sleeves (HK$8,980) and cotton poplin blouse with gripure embroidery across the neck and shoulders (HK$15,220). At Escada, you'll find short-sleeved white button-downs with flowers sewn onto the sleeves (HK$3,100; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7117). We've found fab cheap tees with puffy petals attached to the sleeves for only HK$90 at trendy Granville Road shops, in Tsim Sha Tsui, such as In Fashion. Go for plain white or try blush pink to mix things up a bit. We were also taken by the rose pink tank top with layers of sheer cream chiffon on the shoulders that look like petals from a large, abstract rose (HK$469; Mango, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9313).
I can't remember the last time I wore anything but Chanel's red lipstick. I want a new colour for the summer. You know how you usually read out-there beauty 'trends' in magazines? I missed them this year. Is there anything not too radical that I could do to revamp my make-up?
Getting Lippy, Clear Water Bay
The Dictator: Ooh, living on the edge, aren't we? We would love to hear what spurred this sudden awakening from your suburban routine? Anything juicy? Never mind. But speaking of fruit, new, wearable lip colours for spring-summer include slight departures from red: orange and hot pink. To keep things fresh, brands may confuse you with fancy colour names such as coral, mango, poppy, fuchsia, watermelon and so on. Always try a tester and let it react with your skin for a while before buying, or risk having your pretty Berry Delite turn into blaring Bozo the Clown. In fact, take advantage of complimentary counter services, such as in-store makeovers, to determine which products work best for you.
Chanel does more than red lipsticks, you know that, right? Try Rouge Coco in pinky Orchidee or orange-hued Teheran (HK$245; Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2265 8632). Lancome's Colour Fever Shine positively pops with the bright orange Apricot Haze, as well as Pulp Fuchsia (HK$220 each; Festival Walk, tel: 2265 8665). NARS has the shocking pink Schiap, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, both the individual lipstick (HK$220; Faces, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2111 9142) as well as a promotional gift set of a lip gloss, lipstick and nail polish all in the same hue (HK$540). Dior Beauty offers one of the largest range of colours, and doesn't disappoint on the brights, either (HK$220; Festival Walk, tel: 2265 7728).
I love the big LV chain link bracelets in different colours that are so in fashion, but they didn't have any when I went in. Who else makes them?
Chain Gag, Admiralty
The Dictator: OK, no jokes about the missing link, but you know you can ask the staff to check stock in other stores, don't you? When last we checked, Louis Vuitton's F??rie chain link bracelet in acetate and gold-coloured metal was still available in Hong Kong (HK$7,750; check stock on the customer service hotline: 8100 1182). We'd argue that stylists have actually favoured the wood, leather and brass chunky chain bracelets by Fendi this season, available in red, yellow, blue, teal or brown/black (HK$3,380 to HK$3,680; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 9665). For a portion of that price, you could shackle yourself with a cute Marc by Marc Jacobs turnlock bracelet with fluorescent pink and gold-toned links, or white and silver links (HK$950; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0812). Since it's not a new design, you should be able to find a one-of-a-kind vintage piece. We saw a 1930s art-deco bracelet in red carnelian and faux gold at On Pedder not long ago (HK$4,300; 1/F, 16 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2118 3489). Or buy a future heirloom by Seaman Schepps; the iconic designer's show-stopping chain link bracelets are works of art in varying combinations of gold, mahogany, precious stones and crystal (HK$98,000 to HK$663,000; Wai Kee Jewellers (prices upon request; Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2521 0471).