Covet: Surreal

Surrealist pumps with red-painted toenails (HK$9,600) by Celine.

Fashion has always been about testing the boundaries of the imagination.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:17am

Formichetti is Diesel's hip replacement

Renzo Rosso. Photo: Corbis

A few weeks ago we reported that Nicola Formichetti was leaving Thierry Mugler – having found a new home with Italian denim and fashion house Diesel, which was founded by Rosso. The news was announced on Diesel’s website via a lively video montage featuring Rosso and Formichetti.

29 Apr 2013 - 10:33am

Fashion house Fendi restores Rome's Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain. Photo: Corbis

Legend has it that tossing a coin into the famed Trevi Fountain ensures that the visitor will return to Rome.

29 Apr 2013 - 10:19am

Chloé transformed into modern master of femininity

Chloé's 2013 collections (from spring-summer). Photo: AFP

Chloé's creative director, Clare Waight Keller, had a clear vision for the French fashion house. "I really wanted to break away from the very vintage spirit it had. It felt it needed something fresh and modern to be brought forward, in terms of silhouette and attitude," she says.

26 Apr 2013 - 10:47am

Covet: Nautical

Covet: Nautical

Say nautical style and blue and white stripes immediately swim to mind, especially those Breton shirts favoured by Picasso. Think nautical and you get images of seaside escapes from Biarritz to Nantucket. Sailor stripes are now no longer limited to blue and white. Throw in blacks, reds and yellows.

26 Apr 2013 - 10:47am

Covet metallics

Clutch (HK$12,300) from Stella McCartney

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Thrilling them softly

Italian label Loro Piana specialises in luxury cashmere.

There's cashmere and then there's Loro Piana cashmere - at least, that's what aficionados of the soft stuff will tell you. Known for its knitwear and high-grade wools, the Italian label has become a byword for luxurious chic, sourcing fine fibres from Peru, Australia, New Zealand and Mongolia for its men's, women's and homeware lines.

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Kazakh aristocrat gives struggling French label Vionnet a new life

Goga Ashkenazi has big plans for Vionnet. Photo: Nora Tam

For years, the fashion industry has been ruled by the Big Boys' Club, a group of powerful men that includes the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Tod's owner Diego Della Valle, Only the Brave's Renzo Rosso and Kering's François-Henri Pinault.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:59am

Style Check: Victoria's Secret

The Secret is out: underwear giant hits Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

Strolling through the IFC in Central or the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin you can't miss the boarded-up spaces preparing for the opening of American lingerie giant Victoria's Secret.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:09am 2 comments

Silver dining has a crowd

Carol Tsang

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society's silver anniversary gala dinner a fortnight ago proved to be a splendid affair. Titled "Sparkling at 25", the evening drew a distinguished crowd including Kenneth Fung Hing-cheung and Nelly Fung, former judge Filan Chua, and designer-collector Kai-yin Lo.

12 Apr 2013 - 10:00am

Covet: Geometric prints

Haider Ackermann's collection which features sheer, flowy fabrics splashed with diamonds and other eye-catching shapes.

12 Apr 2013 - 10:01am

If looks could frill: ruffles make a big comeback on runways

Gucci shift

It all started a year ago when the peplum - a flared, gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist - began to appear on spring-summer 2012 catwalks. While adding an extra bit of fabric around the tummy would scare off most women, it had the opposite effect.

12 Apr 2013 - 10:42am

Fashion and hi-tech score again

The love affair between the fashion and digital worlds has been in full bloom for some time now.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:41am

Superga makes big entry into Hong Kong

Marco Boglione

With so many brands opening flagship stores in Hong Kong these days, it can be difficult to stand out. Launch events have a tendency to fall into the trap of uniform blandness as labels seek popular appeal.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:51am

Growing up Ferragamo

James Ferragamo at Pacific Place. Photo: SCMP

It's a well-known fact in the fashion industry that the Italians are all about keeping the business in the family. While names like Versace, Missoni and Zegna all fly the family flag, no other brand sums up this ethos more than Ferragamo.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:35am