Flap happy Retro designs and 1950s patterns are forever rearing their heads in fashion. We're more interested in bags that are subtly informed by the past, which is why Dooney & Bourke's Alto Double Gusset Mini Flap Bag (above; HK$3,030) stands out for us. It's Italian leather with a matte finish and has a simple, single flap. We particularly like the standard light brown shade, although it's available in a range of other hues: black, red and French blue among them. Dooney & Bourke is available at www.dooney.com.

Sheer delight The humidity is rising and Calvin Klein Underwear has something to spice up those hot, sweaty nights. The spring-summer collection sits in a perfect middle ground: sexy yet subtle, revealing yet restrained. The all-lace plunge bra (HK$690) with matching hipster briefs (both above left; HK$240) are a virginal, clean pairing. But we also like the darker side, as seen in the see-through underwired bra (HK$690), suspender belt (HK$490) and thong (all above right; HK$230). Calvin Klein Underwear is at 18 Wellington Street, Central, tel: 2526 8113.


Pain barrier Tom Ford might be hailed in men's fashion circles for taking things back to basics but in the women's arena he's constantly breaking new ground. His latest spring-summer collection is inspired by dungeon-wear and features shoes to die for: the Bondage Spike sandal (above right; HK$37,300) has gold-plated thorn-like details and comes in a number of exotic skins (python and lamb among them). The Bondage Straps thigh-high boot in gold (above left; HK$32,000) resembles something out of a 70s sci-fi movie, with gold-plated brass straps that snake seductively up the leg. Tom Ford is in IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7802.

Polka queens Valentino's polka dots are a much-loved emblem of the venerable Italian brand. And with summer around the corner, the label is releasing an entire dot-based collection, Pop Pois. We particularly like the green ensemble (above right) of reversible blouse (HK$7,500) and trousers (HK$12,200) with matching slip-on shoes (HK$3,400) and bag (HK$14,400). For something more beach-y, try the bright red reversible bikini (HK$5,400 for the set), matching trousers (HK$12,200) and bag (all above left; HK$14,400). Valentino is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2523 8035.