Your right to shoes There's a reason you can't stop buying shoes: a well-styled pair can shake up an entire look. So the next time your significant other complains, make sure to throw an old pair at him and get yourself something new from the latest collections. We like French brand Carven for its consistently innovative and cheeky offerings, and this season its cow-leather, 1970s-80s disco-infused platform shoe (top; HK$5,995) caught our eye. We also like the knitted wicker pump (above; HK$5,490), an odd creation that looks like a clog from afar but would be great for summer. Carven is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 2801 4051.
Romeo returns Last year, Romeo Gigli, the famed Italian designer of yesteryear, collaborated on a collection with local boutique powerhouse Joyce. That collusion continues with a spring-summer 2013 line that has been creating a buzz with its impressive lookbook of painting-like shots featuring a number of fashion celebrities, by photographer Thomas Devaux. A couple of looks stood out for us: fashion editor Tang Shuang's ensemble comprising a multi-mesh plush jacket in paper silk (HK$25,500), tulip bubble skirt in silk (HK$13,500) and one-shoulder tee with lace (all above left; HK$5,500). We're also into fashion blogger Tamu McPherson's get-up of patterned coat (HK$29,900), open-shoulder shirt (HK$5,950) and crochet pencil skirt (all above right; HK$12,500). Romeo Gigli is available at Joyce, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2523 5944.
Show your metal What goes for shoes goes for jewellery, too - as a wise woman once told me, you can never have too much of it, especially when the humidity outside means you're going minimal on the clothes front. We like Les Amis' offerings, such as the Origami Ai bangle (above; HK$3,495), which has a subtly futuristic look. There's also the gorgeous Mushroom ring (above left; HK$2,995), an organically shaped piece that'll go well with something bright. Les Amis is available at Maria Luisa, Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, tel: 2907 2028.
Hit the waves Beach season is at its peak, but that awful surfer bikini you've been wearing for the past decade is so behind the times. Try something new this season, such as Paul Smith's latest swimwear line, which is stylish but subtle, with lots of sleek looks as well as patterned affairs. We like the navy and pink geometric-print bikini (above right; HK$900 each for top and bottom), and we couldn't resist the Fluro Feather Print swimsuit (above left; HK$1,750), with its almost cosmic pattern, like a modernist painting for the waves. Paul Smith is in The Landmark, tel: 2522 9788.