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The Dictator

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I’m a bit over shoes with animal prints or skulls, but I do like something a bit “wild” to make me feel less mumsy and frumpy. I think I spied some flames on a pair recently. Who does them?
Hot Foot, Robinson Road

The Dictator rules: Believe it or not, this isn’t exactly an, um, hot trend. When Miuccia Prada sent Elsa Schiaparelli-worthy, flamethemed shoes down her springsummer 2012 runway, she summed up the collection as “sweet”. Instead of bringing out your inner biker chick, take her direction and channel the ladylike style of the 1950s and the age of the hot rod. If you can still find them in stores, the Prada flame wedges go for about HK$10,350 (Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2522 2989). You can find discounted pairs online, such as the Prada flame slide sandals (about HK$4,650 not including shipping; www.dsw.com). Zara has very cute, pointy-toed flats called the Cowboy Ballerina (HK$699; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7305), with a red, black and white pattern that resembles fire. They are not unlike the McQ by Alexander McQueen Black Flame ballerina shoes in beige and black from last season, which you might find online if you’re lucky. If we’re wrong and you really do want to play biker/rocker, check out the unbelievably large selection of flame-decorated boots on the web, such as the Classic Harness Flame Motorcycle Boots by Xelement (about HK$500; www.scootersden.com). For some Wan Chai-style naughtiness, order a pair of Pleaser’s Teeze platform pumps with rhinestone flames in red and gold (HK$845; www.amazon.com).

 

I’m so excited. It’s always so hard to find good yoga clothes. I loved Christy Turlington’s Nuala collection and now I hear she has a new line. Tell me more! 
Super-modal, SoHo

The Dictator: Wow, you seem to really understand what yoga’s all about. I’d like you to stop, my dear yogini, do one of those pranayama breathing exercise thingies, and meditate on how a new brand of sweatpants could get you so excited. Done? OK, then head over to Tsim Sha Tsui, where the new Esprit Wellness collection has been launched (7 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2377 9114). The brand is calling it a “soft sportswear” range for healthy activities, whether they involve exercise or relaxation. The collection is made with laser-cut and quick-dry technical fabrics, as well as circular knits in basic blacks and greys, with bright pink and orange highlights. Expect to pay HK$249 to HK$599 for shorts and trousers, HK$169 to HK$299 for tops and HK$369 to HK$599 for sweatshirts and hoodies. Now, let’s be clear about Christy Turlington’s involvement: she’s featured in the campaign and there will be a limited edition T-shirt to support her Every Mother Counts charity (www.everymothercounts.org). That’s it. Namaste.

 

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