Can you wear those goldy-type clothes that are so hot right now in the daytime, or are they only for fancy occasions? I need your guidance so I don't stick out like a sore, badly dressed thumb!
Goldfinger, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: I can. The question is, can you? Flashy pieces require a surprising amount of restraint, mixed with an ability to mix casual with formal, and a certain panache you can't teach. I'd say the trend towards metallics, especially golds, this autumn-winter is as much about daytime dressing as nighttime. Something like French brand A.P.C.'s djellaba-inspired, knee-length dress in dark gold silk/Lurex lamé is an excellent example (HK$5,799; 24 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2537 6993). It looks just as right played down with sandals or flats by day, as it does glammed up, 1970s style, with heels and heavy-lidded eye shadow, by night. Stella McCartney made lots of golds for her autumn collection. They include brocade silk Lurex tops and dresses (HK$9,000 and up; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2801 6793), and shimmery, silk blend lamé pleated trousers, dresses and blouses (HK$7,200 to HK$11,500). In fact, girls who step out at night in tight little gold cocktail dresses often look more desperate than stylish. That's why I'd pair a gold jacket, such as H&M's cropped sequin version (HK$499; 68 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2110 9546) with a pair of jeans on a night out instead. Whatever you do, don't gild the lily, so to speak. Pair gold clothing with neutral or coloured accessories. Leave head-to-toe gold to exotic dancers and the Oscars.


Last Christmas through Operation Santa Claus, I found these great little bracelets that look like embroidery but with no backing - and I'm not talking about those trendy woven chain ones. Any idea where I can buy more? My teen daughter's desperate to give them away at her birthday party next week.
Operation Mother of the Year, Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator: Wow. Your efforts already qualify you as Mother of the Year as far as we're concerned. Who else would entertain such demands in a world full of perfectly pretty alternatives? Or maybe you should be blamed for creating a monster. Whatever, as your daughter might say. We tracked down the Cruciani macramé lace bracelets, which you probably bought in aid of Operation Santa Claus at Pacific Place, Admiralty in December last year. Its line of unique crochet bracelets have caught on like wildfire among the jetset, woven bracelet piling, pinky ring-wearing types. Strangely, you won't find them in trendy stores in Hong Kong, but in hair salons - Via Il Colpo (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 3102 8008) and Il Colpo (Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 3102 2882). Why? Don't ask me. Just zip on over to pick from a pleasing palette of 28 colours in each of the four designs (HK$100 to HK$180): Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover), Cuore (heart), Drago (dragon), or Chiave e Lucchetto (lock and key).


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