Party season’s coming up and I’d love one of those dresses with the cute little peekaboo cutout bits? I don’t want the Zara one ‘cause I’m afraid everyone’ll buy the same dress. But not too expensive and maybe in black so I can wear it more often?
Cutout For It, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Dictator rules: Are you asking me for permission? Not granted. I thought I could venture out again, finally numb to the packed-sausage look of the inexplicable bandage dress trend. Now, some genius has thought to augment the horror with little windows to allow the pudge to hang out in the most anti-social of ways. Women of the world, please heed this warning: you can do better. By better, I mean something like the long dress featured in the DKNY advertising campaign, which has tasteful georgette inserts on both sides and at the back instead of cut-outs (HK$9,990; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2110 9874). Longer lengths add balance and sophistication so that baring skin doesn’t look cheap. BCBG’s lean Jovarra racerback gown is another great example, in travelfriendly stretch jersey (HK$3,990; Harbour City, tel: 2118 3508). You’re not buying it are you? OK, if you want a leave-nothing-to-theimagination, skintight mini-dress with cut-outs, visit the aptly named, which has tons of them for HK$300 and up and delivers to Hong Kong. While there, consider the much more unique and chic jumpsuit or romper versions. Top designers to reference include Prabal Gurung, Roland Mouret, Versace and Vera Wang.


I’ve hit a dead end and need your help. I went to an event at Lane Crawford a while ago and they had all these pop-up counters including express manis. I was sure it was called Laka ( They had these cool nail art stickers that were so easy to apply. However, when I called, no one knew what I was talking about.
Hanging by a Nail, Happy Valley

The Dictator: I’m not sure I know what you’re talking about, either. Did it really take you all that typing to say you’re looking for nail art stickers? They’re everywhere, silly, but you’re probably looking for the Minx brand, whose tagline is, “Fashion on your fingertips”. Don’t look for it, as they say, it’s not there any more. Instead, head straight to the 10/10 Space salon (1/F, 51 Paterson Street, Causeway tel: 3595 1152;, which sells Minx (HK$320 per set; Created by celeb manicurists Dawn Lynch- Goodwin and Janice Jordan, Minx products are solid nail coatings rather than stickers, and come in an array of patterns, metallics and cool effects. They are applied with heat so that they shrink wrap to each individual nail and, if done properly, should last up to 14 days on anyone’s 

nails, “even a dog groomer’s”. So, don’t mess around. Book a basic mani with Minx for a total of HK$480 at 10/10 Space. Or take the cheap and cheerful route with Overall Metallic Art in zebra, leopard or checker patterns, or solid gold or silver (HK$58 for 10 nails; City’super, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888).


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