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).