On style, she rules
I know Lady Gaga gets most of her dresses from her best friend who is a designer, but what about her amazing shoes? I love her!
Going Gaga, Central
The Dictator rules: Correction: you know nothing. First, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, is a performer. You're crazy for thinking you, or anyone else, should try to dress like her. You wouldn't go to lunch dressed like a Disneyland performer, would you? (Don't answer that.) Second, her pal Nicola Formichetti (now creative head at Thierry Mugler) has helped style her look, but has not always made the dresses. In fact, some of her most famous outfits were made by top fashion houses, such as Giorgio Armani and Versace. The notorious meat dress she sported at the MTV VMA Awards in 2010 wasn't designed by Formichetti either, but by designer/artist Franc Fernandez. Third, if most mortals tried to step out in the sky-high platforms Lady Gaga seems to prefer, they'd fall flat on their face. Note that even she is usually seen with a minder holding her hand for balance. Generally, the shoe brand matches the dress designer. However, I know how you Gaga fans are, so I won't get in the way of your fanaticism. Look for brands such as Giuseppe Zanotti, a Gaga favourite, where you can buy the gravity-defying sculptural wedges (HK$7,950 to HK$19,875 for the crystallised version; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2805 0890). Alexander McQueen has also shod the singer (HK$7,000 to HK$8,000; On Pedder, New World Tower, Central, tel: 2118 3489). I sincerely hope you're not planning to replicate Gaga's appearance on television show American Idol last year. She wore leather booties by The Void of Course with (are you ready for it?) clear Perspex heels shaped like the male organ. Get yours made-to-order in about three to four weeks for GBP2,800 (HK$34,000) at void-of-course.com.
I got excited the other day when I saw someone with a My Melody (the Japanese bunny) top on, but in grown-up size. I'm not exactly child size now! Is it only sold in Japan or can I buy one in Hong Kong?
All Ears, Tai Hang
The Dictator rules: Hold on a second. You're 'not child size now'. Let's follow that idea to its conclusion. You're not child size now, because you are no longer a child. Sorry, folks, but the obsession with being cute and childlike is totally lost on me. Being a child is overrated anyway. As an adult, you are (I hope) autonomous, financially independent and don't need the approval of your parents before you purchase clothing. With that in mind, I guess I can't stop you, either. The only obstacle is that just a few items are left from the mercibeaucoup X My Melody collection for spring-summer at b+ab (I.T, 1 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, tel: 2972 2601). The same brand, part of the I.T group (www.ithk.com), has also done several 'crossover' collections with Hello Kitty, as well as model-actress Angelababy. The My Melody-inspired pieces include hoodie sweatshirts, with rabbit ears, of course (HK$999), graphic print tees (HK$299 to HK$499), hats (HK$799) and high-top trainers with fluffy rabbit ears poking out at the top (HK$999). For the blissfully ignorant, My Melody is the fictional female bunny character created by Japanese company Sanrio in 1975, a year after its more widely recognised Hello Kitty character hit the market. Now 37 years old, according to www.sanrio.com, My Melody still lives with her mother, father, brother and their grandmother.