Step back in time "Timeless" is a word often thrown about in the arena of fashion, but it's rarely justified. Brunello Cucinelli's collections, however, are an exception. Cashmere has been his go-to fabric, but this season we're loving his shoes. The espadrille (above left; HK$10,995) would be easy wearing on a weekend away, while the cap-toe oxford (above right; HK$12,995) is a glam version of a traditional design and inspired by the dimestore fashion of the 20s. Brunello Cucinelli is in IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2331 4268.

Fifties shades Many designers have taken the 1950s as inspiration this season and Max Mara is one of the latest to leap onto the bandwagon, with the brand's spring-summer accessories mixing art deco with pop art. Standouts from the Gia collection include the calfskin clutch (above left; HK$3,780) in contrasting black and white, and the clean white calfskin bag with strap (above right; HK$6,180). Max Mara is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2523 7592.

Fair weather friends High-street swimwear can often be samey and unflattering but local label Sabina Swims will help you stand out from the crowd. For beach-side statement-making, there's the Munro Green Cutaway (above left; HK$1,390), a one-piece suit in a summery shade of peacock, and the Bird of Paradise halter top and Simplicity bottoms (above right; HK$990 for the set). Sabina Swims is at 7/F, Union Commercial Building, 12 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2115 9975.



Hem and her The hemline has been a key focus of the spring-summer collections and British-Italian designer Antonio Berardi has infused geometry into his. His architectural, flowing dresses, while heavy on monochrome tones, have brightly coloured hemlines that add a punch of glamour to shapely silhouettes. See, for instance, the dress with cross detailing in black, white and blue (left; HK$16,955), and the grey number with a bell-shaped skirt (far left; HK$14,995). Antonio Berardi is available at The Swank, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2736 8567.