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I love the look of those bendy long rings but wouldn't know where to start looking for one. The only ones I found were by someone called Eddie Borgo, but I'm not looking to spend like HK$4,000 on a fun ring!
Knucklehead, Central

The Dictator rules: Uh, as most of my readers are no doubt thinking, the internet would be an obvious place to start. I have to give you credit, though, for finding the New York-based designer who's been featured everywhere lately thanks to his hinged rings (HK$2,135 to HK$3,300). Those prices are listed on www.eddieborgo.com, but we don't know what the mark-up is here since we haven't actually seen that style in his spring/summer collection (sold at Liger, tel: 3483 9348 Harvey Nichols, tel: 3695 3388; Lane Crawford, tel: 2118 7777). Your budget also prohibits equally beautiful designs by Loree Rodkin, Repossi x Altuzarra, Dominic Jones and Pamela Love (shopaholics, take note). But no matter - we've found fab alternatives. High-street brands such as H&M (68 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2110 9546) and Forever 21 (Capital Centre, 5 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 4791) are selling plain-metal and bejewelled hinged rings for as little as HK$50. The Roial Finger Armor Ring in gold-toned metal (HK$225; www.karmaloop.com is inspired by Borgo's designs. Starlets such as Vanessa Hudgens seem to favour the affordable Low Luv x Erin Wasson Armor Knuckle Ring in silver or gold plate (both HK$640; www.shopthetrendboutique.com And for a little more, there's the understated Nakry double-layered arrowhead ring in matte silver or gold plate (both HK$1,155; The 9th Muse, 12/F, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2537 7598).

 

I saw some cute sunglasses that looked normal, even classic at first, but the bottom edge had been cut off. Any clue what you call these and what brand makes them? (No, I'm not talking about the sports ones like Oakleys.)
Making the Cut, Queensway

The Dictator: A fashion glossary won't help you. The question here for anyone who follows fashion is not what but when. Miu Miu did these for spring-summer 2013, which means they debuted last year and have been available for quite some time. Luckily, we spotted a pair of its Rasoir sunglasses with a "squared semi-rimless marbleized caramel acetate frame", as the brand calls it (HK$2,900; Miu Miu, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 4616). We prefer them in white with black temples (arms). Online, "semi-rimless" seems to be a more helpful search term than "cut off", but only slightly. What many fashionistas don't know, though, is that uber-cool brand Grey Ant has been doing this style for a few years now. Its Wax #4 sunglasses, for example, have acetate frames with a "sawed off" rimless bottom edge. While you're at it, take a look at The Foundry, Top Off and Inbox designs, too. We found them at the fantastic little boutique Edit (HK$2,400 to HK$2,900; 67 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2549 4999).

 


 

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