On style, she rules
I'm bored of my plain skinny belts and I'd like one of those cordy ones with the tassel bits on them, without having to rip off my curtain tiebacks. Ha ha.
Tassel Hassle, Sheung Wan
The Dictator rules: You're still wearing skinny belts? How pass? like the tasseled belts you mentioned (but we still like them). Wake up, people, the spring-summer collections have been in stores for months; of course, they're running out of stock. Patrizia Pepe still has a statement-making belt in black cord adorned with beads in summery colours (HK$3,650; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7200). Some of the best, most affordable tassel belts we've seen are actually only available for Hong Kong residents via online retailers. Examples include: the Topshop Metal Tie Belt, which comes in gunmetal or antique gold (about HK$340; www.topshop.com); and the various tie belts at Asos in plaited leather and other materials (HK$170 and up; www.asos.com). Pop down The Lanes in Central (Li Yuen streets East and West), or Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and you'll find something affordable but fun for as little as HK$40. Just remember, when going cheap, keep it simple and plain. You may jest about tiebacks, but the sewing supply shops on Central's Pottinger Street have fantastic tasseled cords that look very stylish as belts, priced between HK$25 to HK$50, especially the retro ones in black with gold thread running through them. Needless to say, if your waist is not in ideal shape (read: visible), then don't accentuate it with a belt. Find another, better part of your body to highlight, like your legs. (Also no good? How are your eyes?)
I've seen some celebrities are wearing floppy 1970s hats. I want one! Where can I go to try them on to see if they look OK?
What a Flop, Pok Fu Lam
The Dictator: How about you time travel forward to the launch of the autumn-winter collections? Those who were lucky enough to attend the runway shows or receive products from the labels have already laid their hands (and heads) on them. The rest of you will have to wait until the full collections hit stores, but it's not long now and there are actually quite a few to choose from already. Tom Ford's divine women's collection, finally available in Hong Kong, has countless homages to the 70s including the brown suede Safari Hat (HK$9,900; IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7803). OK, so the brim isn't exactly floppy, but it's gorgeous. Hatwoman (2/F, Man Yee Arcade, 68 Des Voeux Road Central, tel: 2167 8337; www.hatwoman.hk) not only has the hat for you, but also expert advice such as, 'the look depends on the width of the wearer's shoulders'. Good point. We're guessing that's ditto for head width, too. If you want it in felt, you'll have to call ahead because, as they astutely point out, it's too hot to wear in summer. It doesn't have winter hats on display but it can bring them in so you can try on designs by Philip Treacy (HK$5,100 and up), Helen Kaminski (HK$1,850 and up), Victoria Grant (HK$4,550) and more. Juicy Couture has the right shape in a light straw (HK$890; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2118 2011). Or head (sorry) to Sonia Rykiel for the perfect hat with added glamour in the form of a crystal-encrusted bow on the band (HK$5,995; The Landmark, tel: 2525 6048).
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