Remember those funny Karl Lagerfeld bag charms a few years ago? Was it Chanel? I always regretted not getting one. Are bag charms still a thing?
Second Time's a Charm? Tai Hang
The Dictator: Second? Try third or fourth. I always wondered what type of person could possibly be interested in adding childish accoutrements to elegant designer bags. However, since making its debut in February last year, Fendi's Karlito bag charm has returned in many iterations. Fendi, you ask? Yes, Monsieur Lagerfeld does more than Chanel. You can find all sorts of fox-fur and leather bag charms at Fendi, from a plain fur pompom in your choice of colour to the ABC Charm pompom (each features one letter and some are already out of stock) and various Karlitos in pompom or more figurative representations (HK$3,300 to HK$15,000). Anya Hindmarch continues to offer gorgeous, big leather tassels as well as leather bag charms with funny motifs such as road signs or the deodorising tree that hangs off rearview mirrors (HK$2,550 each). The label also sells leather bag stickers in amusing road signs or individual letters (HK$450 to HK$550). But be warned, once you stick them on, they're not coming off. Burberry makes bag and key charms in the shape of a British policeman, guardsman, city gentleman, London bus and lots more in combinations of leather, acrylic and gold-tone metal (HK$1,700 and up). For Lunar New Year, there's also a leather monkey charm (HK$400).
Are my friends having me on, or are bright furs really in fashion? I'm looking for a new winter coat.
Fur Real, Repulse Bay
The Dictator rules: Well, some would say it's not bright to follow what your friends tell you, or to wear fur at all. However, those unnamed mini Dictators are correct. Brightly coloured and patterned furs are all over the fashion pages. If you rush, you might catch the hot-pink goat-hair jacket by Balmain, which is now on sale (HK$18,500; Harvey Nichols). Chloé has a reversible shearling cape in "stained-glass" patchwork (HK$91,990). Shearling is also a popular choice. Bottega Veneta has used it on a number of colourful coats, including one in vermillion with beige diamond patterns (HK$64,900). If you prefer rabbit, check out Marni's green zip jacket (HK$59,900; Joyce) and Roksanda's psychedelic pattern of neon pink, orange and blue rabbit and mink (HK$157,900; Lane Crawford). Go wild with Sacai's geometric fox jackets (HK$44,400) or treat yourself to a cute fur stole by Miu Miu (about HK$36,400). OK, Peta people, before you start clamouring for my head, there are excellent faux furs, too. Shrimps is the go-to brand for ethical and eccentric choices (HK$5,000 and up; net-a-porter.com). Equally quirky MSGM has a patchwork alpaca-wool faux fur coat (HK$8,700). And if you're on a budget, Topshop has you covered with stoles in beige and blue and white stripes (HK$439); a dark green furry gilet (HK$949); and faux fur coats in vibrant orange or red (HK$1,299 to HK$1,389).
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