Former flight attendant establishes sewing start up in Central

The Sewing Lounge's visual merchandiser Carmen Giraldo (front) and founder Melanie Bell (rear) get down to work. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Sewing Lounge, based on Lyttleton Road in Central, is a haven for those who want to enjoy a few hours in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with fellow sewers.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 6:41am

By royal appointment

As Kate Middleton walked up the aisle during her wedding to Britain's Prince William last year, millions of people worldwide marvelled at her bridal gown.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Style Meter


Colourful, camp fruit and vegetable prints

all over Dolce & Gabbana's SS12

Chunky tribal inspired jewellery

just take a look at Dior's African Space range

McQueen's sculptural bootie

Elegant and avant garde, just don't try walking


Princess prom dresses

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Who started it? AFH was established in 2005 by designer Ayesha F. Hashwani and is known for its dizzying swathes of fabric, splashes of colour and timeless, luxurious and (surprisingly for a Pakistani designer) sexy ensembles. Applying the richness of traditional Eastern crafts and motifs to contemporary fashion trends from the West makes for beautiful looks with a distinct touch of exotica.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bank on Compact Yarn on tough night

Consistent Happy Valley performer Compact Yarn can help punters buck the early season trend of unpredictable results and unlock a Triple Trio expected to reach a dividend of HK$3,000,000 on Wednesday night at the inner city circuit.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Keep your book safe and sound

What you'll need

A piece of fabric




Needle and thread or sewing machine

Step-by-step guide:

30 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A special case

What you'll need:

A 14 cm x 24cm piece of


Leather strapping


Plastic cutting mat


Wing dividers


Strong adhesive glue

A few binder clips

Four-prong hole punch

Single-prong hole punch

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Modern Gypsy

This summer we say goodbye to hippy chic and welcome the modern gypsy. With so many of the spring-summer collections paying homage to the 1970s, designers have looked to couturier Yves Saint Laurent for inspiration. Aside from his rich colour palette, they have chosen to revive his popular gypsy look.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Wake-up call for banks in the pursuit of new customers

Ernst & Young has produced a report on retail banking in which they say that Asia-Pacific banks, including those in Hong Kong, are missing out on growth opportunities as their customers shop around for better deals from their competitors.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Cut emissions with scissors

Call them the 'scissoring generation'. Young people on the mainland concerned about the carbon footprint their lifestyle leaves on the planet are using scissors to get the most out of their purchases before throwing them away.

Kam Xie, an office worker, says she always cuts open the containers of toothpaste, facial cleanser and hand cream when they seem empty.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

True by True Boutique

Who started it? The line is a collaboration between French designer Juan-Manuel Olivera-Silvera and True Boutique owner Katie Campbell. Olivera-Silvera studied fashion at L'Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques Duperre, in Paris, France, before working with top designers and haute couture houses such as Popy Moreni, Carven and Courreges.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Roberta Furlanetto

Who started it? Roberta Furlanetto was born and raised in Venice, Italy. After graduating from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in 1990, she began creating exclusive haute couture pieces for houses such as Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior and Azzedine Alaia.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

Two jeep loads of police escorted the touring Kowloon Motor Bus soccer team back to their Singapore hotel on August 17 after they had been booed off the field by 5,000 angry fans, a report in the South China Sunday Post-Herald said. Fans believed the tourists had thrown the match against Singapore because of an altercation with the referee.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Gadget pouch in five steps

Finding the perfect, protective pouch for your gadgets can take hours, and they often cost a lot of money. Try making your own with materials from a department store or stationery shop, and save time and money. Use our simple, five-step approach to create a no-sweat, no-fuss pouch that you can customise any way you want.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Style meter


Ruffles and pleats

A girly favourite is back for summer.

The asymmetric hemline

Go for short in the front, long at the back.

Clashing patterns

Florals with polka dots, or stripes with squares. Have fun but proceed with caution.

Sequinned flats

24 May 2009 - 12:00am