1. Hello earthlings It’s been all change at Balenciaga recently, with the legendary Nicolas Ghesquiere packing up his needle and thread and moving on to pastures new, to be replaced by the next big thing: Alexander Wang. Wang’s first menswear collection won’t be seen until next season, so the current autumn-winter collection from the atelier still has traces of that Ghesquiere magic, particularly his late period fascination with high concept and futuristic design elements. There’s more than a touch of David Bowie from The Man Who Fell to Earth in this great look of pied de poule velours collar coat (HK$28,400), colour-block turtleneck (HK$4,900), wide-leg trousers (HK$6,400) and leather boots (HK$8,100; all right). We’re also digging this simple but striking look of grey and black caviar trench coat (HK$13,300), dark grey needle punch shirt (HK$5,800), denim wide-leg trousers (HK$6,400) and leather boots (HK$8,100; all left). Balenciaga is in The Landmark, Central, tel: 3428 8086.
2. Free range The luxury goods industry these days is dominated by multibrand behemoths such as LVMH and Kering that continue to pick off smaller labels like it's going out of fashion. There are still independents such as French bagmaker Longchamp, however, that refuse to buckle and keep shining brightly. Now you can satisfy your free spirit with a Longchamp fabric and leather Safari-sur-Seine document holder (left; HK$3,900) and, our personal favourite, the Safari-sur-Seine tote bag (right; HK$4,200). Longchamp is at 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2736 7328.
3. Party line We're hurtling towards "events season" in the run up to Christmas, so you're no doubt thinking about brushing down your tuxedo and updating your accessories. If you're in the market for some funky formal shoes - that is black but with a twist - may we recommend the Lloyd leather lace-up with a rather arresting 3D pattern (right; HK$3,580)? For the more extroverted among you we would pick Lloyd's black patent leather shoe with electric-blue trim (left; HK$3,780). Lloyd is in Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2317 7262.
4. Capability Browne When it comes to naming the busiest men in fashion, Thom Browne is right up there with Karl Lagerfeld. Not satisfied with designing men’s and women’s collections for his eponymous label, Browne finds time to work with Brooks Brothers and design the Gamme Bleu line for Moncler. We love the wacky mixture of traditional tailoring, ski wear and Scottish Highland style that informs the autumn-winter collection, as seen in this jacket with blue tartan (bottom; HK$23,900). We’re also fans of Browne’s penchant for giving a twist to classic styles, as seen on this navy and red bomber jacket (top; HK$16,800), with its interesting mix of patterns on each half of the quilting. Moncler is in IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2524 7779.