I’m seeing more and more tops that mix knitted bits with parts that look like silk scarves. No idea what they’re called, so not sure how to go about searching for one. Any ideas? 
Scarved for Fashion, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: Um, knitwear? Jumper, sweater, pullover and cardigan all work, too. It’s not that hard. You just have to use your brain now and again. Remember what that feels like? Like, what’s the one brand that pops into your head when you think of silk print scarves. Gong! You should have said Hermès. Surprise, surprise. You can find a selection of tops and cardies (about HK$20,000 each) in silk print with cotton, wool or cashmere at official stores, such as the one in The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2525 5900; as well as second-hand pieces on eBay.com (HK$4,650 and up). But they’re not the only ones these days. We’re loving H&M’s black purl-knit jumper with a sort of cyber floral print satin panel on the front and a sexy cutout back, for only HK$299 (68 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2110 9546). You’ll find similar ones with abstract photographic prints at Ted Baker (HK$1,850; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9609). Lanvin’s done a few, including a long black wool cardie with star-print silk panels at the front (HK$13,500; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7686). Or go tai tai with Vica Moda’s many foulard-print silk and fine wool tops, cardigans, and twin sets (HK$2,188 to HK$3,988; Bank of East Asia Building, 10 Des Voeux Road, Central, tel: 2522 1331). See also: Versace, Shanghai Tang, Maison Scotch and Peter Pilotto.


I’m really missing my underwear fix from Victoria’s Secret. It used to be such a fun pick-me-up without any guilt! How is it possible Hong Kong doesn’t have it?
Sharing Secrets, Tai Hang

The Dictator: Maybe because, contrary to what an entire generation has been brainwashed to believe, there is more to lingerie than the aforementioned brand. That said, the company deserves a lot of credit for democratising decorative bras and undies. The brand has created a thriving category that lies somewhere between unsightly cadaver-beige foundation garments and expensive French lace. So, you’ll be happy to learn that Victoria’s Secret opened a store in Macau at The Venetian’s Shoppes Grand Canal (tel: 853 2882 8485) around Valentine’s Day this year. I told you they were clever. Rumour has it the label is going to land in this SAR sooner rather than later, but why wait? You can order most of the catalogue online from www.victoriassecret.com. Or shop from a tiny array of the brand’s bras (HK$390 and up) and undies (HK$79 and up) at a certain upstairs boutique with a misleading name: Dudes (2/F, 42 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 3568 3812; www.dudes.com.hk). Alternatively, start enjoying the many other affordable underwear lines by brands such as Cotton On, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Esprit and so on.


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