Why don’t fashion magazines write about fashion any more? I read about Michelle Obama dancing to Thriller on Halloween (on vogue.com), but it didn’t say who made her clothes! I love that top. Would you know where I can get one?
Knit Wit, Central
The Dictator rules: Well, no, I don’t know, specifically, who made her clothes, or anyone else from that factory for that matter. Now, here’s a less obtuse answer: 3.1 Phillip Lim. Rather than don a costume, the American first lady hosted her last Halloween event at the White House in a chic jacquard crewneck pullover from the 3.1 Phillip Lim autumn-winter 2016 collection. We greatly admire the woman, but we would have preferred a little more effort. Take, for example, her 2009 outfit – a subtle and appropriate catwoman costume composed of cute cat ears, gorgeous make-up, a leopard-print top and simple black trousers. Effortless, dignified, and so much better than Jackie Kennedy’s bizarre garment-bag-over-the-head costume in 1962. (Do yourself a favour and look that one up.)
But we digress. Said knit top is indeed a pullover, but it’s so much more as well, from the dark gold to the overlapping panels of chenille jacquard wool and the asymmetric split, ending in strips of fabric like the hem of a carwash skirt. That colour, named “dark sulfur” by the brand, is available in Hong Kong for HK$6,190, as is a black and grey colourway (also HK$6,190). Obama paired hers with chocolate brown leggings and ankle boots, as well as gold hoop earrings. Phillip Lim sent it down the runway over his origami-pleat yellow and black houndstooth trousers (HK$5,190). It could even look great over a pencil skirt or silky slip dress.
Where can I buy a pair of those fur trainers? I like the high-low mix and I’ve lost my taste and patience for uncomfortable but beautiful shoes!
Furry Friends, Stubbs Road
The Dictator: Hold on. You imply that all beautiful shoes are uncomfortable, and that only trainers are pain-free. Sadly, it appears many women have jumped to the same conclusion. We blame the sneakerisation of fashion for a global fall in elegance. We have nothing against casual footwear, but only when the occasion calls for it.
Fendi continues to add furry whimsy to its accessories, now on a pair of slip-ons in black calfskin with white rubber-cap toes and soles, and a pouf of fluorescent yellow fox fur (HK$8,800). Joshua Sanders is known for quirky trainers, including his Pon Pon series of white leather slip-ons with silver leather heel panels, tongues and toes, each topped by an oversized fox-fur pompom available in a variety of colour combinations (HK$4,800; On Pedder, 16 Queen’s Road, Central). Michael Kors designed his in black leather with the requisite white soles and a detachable plum purple rabbit fur panel over the laces (HK$1,900; Shoespace, Lab Concept, Queensway Plaza, Admiralty).
Don’t like real fur? Sam Edelman makes them with faux pompoms on the Leya slip-on trainer in suede with a chunky white rubber heel, available in black or mauve (HK$990; Shoespace). At Kurt Geiger, the fur goes under the metallic mesh straps of his Lovely high-top trainers in black canvas and matching fur with gold straps, or wine red with silver straps (HK$1,899). On Pedder decorates its white leather trainers with not only a detachable faux fur panel but also a white leather fringe panel (HK$1,290; Shoespace).