On style, she rules
I was reminded of eyelash extensions when I saw a girlfriend with them done for New Year's Eve. I once had eyelash extensions done at Toni & Guy, but it doesn't do them anymore. Can you recommend somewhere good where I could get it done at lunch time?
Long Time, Central
The Dictator rules: That depends on how long you get for lunch. Having someone poke around near your eyeball isn't exactly a process you should rush. (The same rule applies to Brazilian waxing, ladies.) Most eyelash extension applications - which involve having longer, slightly thicker synthetic eyelashes individually bonded to your own lashes using medical-grade glue - take about one to 11/2 hours. For the majority of that time, you must remain still, with your eyes shut. A cult favourite and the first place we recommended for this service many years ago is Beaut?Par Zai, also known as Spa BPZ (9/F, 21 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2524 1272). They use Korean and Japanese eyelashes and go for a natural look, charging HK$790 for basic eyelash extensions meant to last at least two weeks. If you have any issues in the first week, they will re-apply free of charge. After that, there will be a small fee for retouching. You also shouldn't skimp on this delicate process. You could spend much less in one of the many back-alley places around town but I'd stick with reputable specialists, such as Elemis (HK$880; 9/F, Century Square, 1 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel: 2521 6660). You could also try Browhaus (17 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2845 0886), which does more than brows, after all, and charges HK$700 for eyelash extensions. If you don't need the frills, though, try Hatoe Manicure Beauty Centre (1/F, 88 Commercial Building, 28 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, tel: 3116 3333), where it'll cost you HK$330, or HK$660 for a package of three applications.
I've always loved that red velvet suit that Gwyneth wore to an awards ceremony a few years ago. Where can I get one?
Scarlet Fever, Black's Link
The Dictator: Where? Try 1996, which was when Gwyneth Paltrow wore the Gucci tuxedo to MTV's Music Video Awards. You're delusional if you think that's 'a few years ago'. That is, unless your sense of time has been warped by a time-travelling machine, in which case, punch in 1-9-9-6 and pick up a few before returning to 2012 to make your fortune in the 'vintage' market. Back to the future now, dearie. As any true connoisseur of fashion will tell you, it would make sense to check first with Tom Ford, who resuscitated the brand in the 1990s. In fact, he's made your best possible option: a short, scarlet velvet tuxedo jacket with wide, peaked satin lapels (HK$35,000; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7802) and velvet trousers with matching satin tuxedo stripes down each leg (HK$13,900). He's obviously moved on, and so should you. Gucci would also have been a good place to start last season, but now that all the spring/summer collections are hitting the racks, your choices are limited. On our recent visit, all we found in velvet was a black jacket (HK$11,980; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2524 4492). The matching trousers were long gone. Emporio Armani had a lovely velvet trouser suit in navy, but all we found were the trousers (HK$2,790; Chater House, Central, tel: 2532 7711). Although Hong Kong stores don't seem to stock them, we've seen velvet jackets and trousers for sale online by Tory Burch, Rick Owens and Giambattista Valli.