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Abid Rahman

 

Two steps back Most youth movements and fashion trends have a revival at some point and, right now, grunge is back in, apparently. Cole Haan's latest collection, meanwhile, calls to mind other long-forgotten fashions such as the zoot suit, with this colourful brogue (top; HK$2,300), and the teddy boy look, with the blue suede shoe (above; HK$1,480). Cole Haan is in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2265 8386.

Nautical but nice It’s crazy to think, but Jean Paul Gaultier is 61. It’s a stretch, therefore, to continue calling him l’enfant terrible of fashion as he’s one of the grown-ups in the room now; yet JPG is still in the business of provoking and keeping things interesting, as seen with the sailor-inspired sleeveless shirt (above left; HK$10,980). If that’s too daring for you, we recommend the wonderfully patterned block stripe shirt (above right; HK$5,280). Jean Paul Gaultier is in Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 0374.

Getting framed Jil Sander is the comeback queen of fashion, having returned to her eponymous brand not once, but twice, and hopefully this time it's for good. Sander's trademark minimalism is to the fore once more particularly in her new eyewear collection. We love the wayfarers that come in a variety of materials such as acetate (top; HK$2,780) and polycarbonate (above; HK$2,300). Jil Sander eyewear is available at Excellent Optical, Fok Tai Building, 24 Soy Street, Mong Kok, tel: 2385 2777.

Bright boys Gucci is a house one doesn't readily associate with vibrant colour but, judging by its spring-summer collection, the design team in Florence, Italy, appears to have discovered the pantone colour chart. We picked out two arresting looks: the first is a nice yellow ensemble of cotton canvas double-breasted jacket (HK$18,780), white cotton skinny shirt (HK$4,500), cotton canvas riding trousers (HK$6,370) and silk and linen tie (all above left; HK$1,500). No prices are available on the shoes yet. In a bit of contrast colour matching that Cezanne would have been proud of, we also love the blue dyed twill jacket (HK$20,980), white cotton skinny shirt (HK$4,500), dyed twill skinny fit trousers (HK$6,750) and blue polka-dot silk tie (all above right; HK$1,500). Gucci is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2524 4492.

 

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