I love the sexy mesh bikini I saw Kendall Jenner wearing on a magazine cover. Where can I get one?
Strapped for Flash, Soho

The Dictator rules: Just so we're clear: wearing one will not attract your very own Christian Grey, only weirdos, on Big Wave Bay. However, harnesses, extra straps and bondage styling seem to be on trend in swimwear. Ms Jenner's white tulle triangle bikini is by Brazilian designer Adriana Degreas (HK$1,953; www.fwrd.com). For those who didn't see the May issue of GQ magazine, the 19-year-old was photographed by Steven Klein wearing nothing but said itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny bikini, holding open a denim jacket (because a bikini isn't suggestive enough). Elsewhere, Minimale Animale, from Los Angeles, has a hilarious superhero-worthy Firebird one-piece in white mesh with an orange bird covering the top and blue and white stars over the nether regions (HK$2,325; www.revolveclothing. com). Or if it's being tied up at the beach that turns you on, scope out Ephemera, a brand with ties to Paris and Sydney. Its twist-back bikini top (HK$1,279; www.frwd.com) in solid and sheer black carries far less risk of a nip slip, and looks gorgeous when paired with the retro, high-waisted bikini bottoms (HK$658). Like a bit of leather? Then the Hana neoprene bikini by Mikoh is the one for you (HK$2,360; Sheer, 13 Gough Street, Central; www.sheer.com.hk). Just remember, showing that much skin on Hong Kong's public beaches and at its private country clubs is sure to cause a stir, not to mention weird tan lines.

The other day I remembered those skirts we wore in the 1990s, which had detached-looking strips of fabric hanging from them that were wide, not thin like the fringe currently in shops. What were they called?
Panel show, Bowen Road

The Dictator: The 90s? You're way off course. Sure, fashion goes in cycles, but the cut you're describing is normally associated with the shimmying of the early 60s, or even the flapper dresses of the swinging 20s, depending on your definition. Said item is called a carwash skirt, named for its resemblance to those big, revolving brushes used at the carwashing facilities that debuted in the United States in the 1940s. In fashion, a carwash skirt is distinguished by a series of equal-sized split panels hanging lengthwise down the garment. Trawl reliable websites for vintage versions, such as the 60s Galanos basket-woven silk ribbon dress with carwash skirt at 1stDibs.com (HK$17,052). Dior has a soft wool-mix tweed one in black and white, or black and coral red, that is in stores now (HK$10,000; Pacific Place, Admiralty). Or if you like to be bold, catch Kenzo's pre-autumn bright blue split-panel skirt, which is now 50 per cent of the original price (HK$2,292; www.matchesfashion.com). These skirts are great for showing a bit of leg without being overt. Style yours after the Dior runway, with ankle boots and a white button-down shirt. Or if you like a more quirky look, pull on one of the season's over-sized knits and your choice of cult trainers, and get funky with it.

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