Dandy & Dapper
Why is it that the guy with the best name card title and watch gets the most respect in meetings? I don't wear a watch, which really messes with some people's minds. I saw a funky thing shaped like a watch but plastic. That would be hilarious!
Mr Dapper: I believe you already know the answer to your question about status. Are you willing to forgo the pleasure of owning and wearing a beautiful timepiece in order to entertain yourself in business meetings? Honestly, no plastic watch has ever made me chuckle, but suit yourself. I suppose Swatch has come a long way since the 1980s, as can be seen in its recent timepieces (HK$600 and up; 27 Lee Garden Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 5328). Dandy will probably agree that Nixon's Rubber and Lodown models are rather "hep" (HK$650 and up; Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 3968 2668). City Chain (22 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2576 0295) has many, such as Wize + Ope (HK$398), Smash (HK$455), Levi's (HK$480), Puma (HK$550) and G-Shock (HK$990).
Mr Dandy: No, no, no, Dapper. This is what happens when you try to be hip. The reader's talking about a bracelet that looks like a watch but isn't. See the Fake Roley, by Shelter Serra, at New York-based collective Grey Area (HK$310; www.shopgreyarea.com). Where else are you going to get conceptual art at such an affordable price? And if the idea seems familiar, that's because designers such as Maison Martin Margiela (10 Ice House Street, Central, tel: 2869 7707) and Natalia Brilli (www.nataliabrilli.eu) have been covering and re-imagining watches as jewellery for years, dahling.
As all my friends will tell you, I'm a bit obsessed with fashion and I love new ideas. My favourite designer is Rick Owens, but I like discovering new ones all the time. My latest must-haves for autumn are those pieces that sort of look like they have a skirt (but for guys, of course).
Mr Dandy: Now you're talking! I just had to stop rubbing my hands together with glee to actually type this. I wish more men were willing to play with fashion like you do, dear reader. So, let's get started. You could, of course, hit up your best friend Rick Owens for some awesome skirty trousers. He's taken his scissors, or maybe a big old axe, to boring old black twill trousers, and added a drop crotch and a cool skirt-like wrap (HK$5,800; Joyce, Pacific Place, tel: 2523 5944). His dark, avantgarde signature is also on the brilliant Dark Shadow line he designs, including track-style trousers with a skirt panel attached at the waist (HK$3,699; I.T, Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0667) and long shorts with an extreme drop crotch (the leg openings begin where the crotch ends; HK$3,899, I.T). On a nearby rack, don't miss similar designs by brands such as Comme des Garçons (HK$5,300). You'll also love Damir Doma's oversized, reproportioned wraparound trousers (HK$7,900; Joyce) and SongZio's clever shorts in wool or suedette mix (HK$6,500; Joyce).
Mr Dapper: Surely you jest.
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