I keep hearing boys should wear shorter shorts this summer, but what about us girls? I love this time of year!
Short Stop, Sai Kung

The Dictator rules: What are you talking about? To be clear, is “boys” and “girls” your cute way of referring to fully grown men and women? Well, this summer, like every summer, by the way, there are very short shorts for sale. First, there’s the cut-off jeans variety. Zadig & Voltaire has them in classic indigo-blue denim with multicoloured embroidered flowers along the outer edges (HK$2,000; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2956 0627). Siwy Denim has done them, too, but in studded black or pink denim (HK$1,790; Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 3968 2668). There’s also the sweeter, eyelet cotton or lace variety by everyone from Zara (HK$399; Gateway Arcade, tel: 2629 1858) to See by Chloé (HK$2,500; Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2118 2288). Isabel Marant offers a variation on the theme in eyeletlike pink denim shorts with laceup closure at the front (HK$4,799; Silvercord Centre, 30 Canton Road, tel: 2377 1252). We’re seeing more soft, unstructured shorts in pretty prints, too. Emilio Pucci uses the signature print on them (HK$6,050; Ocean Centre, Harbour City, tel: 2317 1882). At Tiare (60 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2540 3380) you’ll find them in black and white ikat or navy micro-print silk by Joie (HK$1,620 to HK$1,720). Given my preference for tailored pieces, I’m partial to short suits, such as Sass & Bide’s metallic shorts (HK$4,300; Harvey Nichols) and jacket (HK$8,600).


I’m not really the hippie or boho type, but I’ve seen some gorgeous fringed bags recently and am considering getting one. What do you recommend?
Fringe Benefits, The Peak

The Dictator: Avoid tie-dyes, floaty dresses, stringy hair, and you should be fine. Or play it safe and buy one of the thousands of other bags out there. Thomas Wylde, more rock ‘n’ roll than folk, does fringes on edgy black lambskin clutches (HK$14,680; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 2288), skull-studded satchels (HK$17,800) and totes (HK$18,700). Valentino’s Art of Fringes clutch features a goldtone motif finger hold in various forms, such as star signs, gryphons and scarabs (HK$12,100; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2523 8035), and a studded hobo bag (HK$24,600), both in calfskin. Or maybe there is a little bit of hippie in you somewhere, looking for more rainbows. Well, look no further than Paula Cademartori’s cartoonishly colourful bags come with fringed strips (HK$10,800 and up; Joyce, Pacific Place, tel: 2523 5944). For anyone who cringed at the words “lambskin” and “calfskin”, there’s Stella McCartney’s animal product-free accessories line. This season, she has done her iconic, chain-strapped Falabella tote with all-over fringes in various colours on faux metallic leather and suede (HK$16,800; The Landmark, tel: 2801 6793).



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