I saw some cute tan suede dresses in a German magazine I found in an airline lounge, but didn't recognise any of the brands. Could you point me in the right direction?
Flight of Fancy, Happy Valley
The Dictator rules: Well done. Couldn't you have just written down the names and looked them up online? You've probably never heard of Jitrois either. Parisian designer Jean-Claude Jitrois claims the distinction of having created incredibly comfortable stretch leathers and suedes, which he crafts into beautifully made clothes. The selection includes suede dresses in a range cuts and colours (up to HK$39,500; The Landmark, Central), including a brown sleeveless stretch lambskin number (HK$24,500). After that, we had better luck online. Many of the top brands seem to have chosen not to stock suede or leather dresses in their Hong Kong stores. Could it have something to do with the climate? Hmm. Anna Sui makes a folksy mini dress in tan suede (HK$8,775; netaporter.com). Vince has a V-neck tunic with wide, three-quarter-length sleeves in a rich caramel suede and a wine-red, sleeveless shift (HK$6,937 each; vince.com). Ever heard of Millie Mackintosh? Doesn't matter. See her 1970s-style, super-mini suede dress with brass-tone buttons (HK$1,768; asos.com). The Asos line also offers a wrap dress in light brown suede with a V-neck and "lobster" clip fasteners on the left hip (on sale at HK$518). Now, fashion editors are pushing the turtleneck for a layered look with this type of dress. Try it, but don't buy it if it's just too frumpy on.
I get most of my inspiration from street fashion blogs and there's one look that caught my eye - black trousers that look slim along the thighs then turn into a sort of bell shape below the knees, but they're not bell-bottoms.
Street Value, Mid-Levels
The Dictator: Lucky you! You must be tall with long skinny legs. Oh, you're not? Then forget about it. The extraordinarily beautiful trousers you saw are not for mere mortals. Our favourite pair comes from Ellery. Naming the style Jacuzzi for reasons we have yet to comprehend, the trousers are made from fine black wool (HK$12,800; Lane Crawford). You can also consider designs from Ellery's resort 2016 collection, including a cropped version called the Monet Mazur (HK$5,665; elleryland.com). You'll also find the exaggerated leg shape at Ms Min. Try its Signature Flare Pants (HK$3,300; Lane Crawford). Zara was way ahead of you, too. Months ago, it took the risk of creating a similar silhouette with what it's calling Extra Flared Trousers (HK$799). Is anyone else hearing music? I've been thinking there was something exotic dancer-ish about this look, so I looked it up. Voila! You can stock up on cheaper versions via belly-dancing garb sellers. I believe they call them tribal pants. Check out moondancebellydance.com (HK$310 and up) and dahlal.com (HK$465 and up). OK, only sort of, but I made you look!
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