Eyewear genius Alain Mikli was back in town on Friday to promote a new Festival Walk store and a local eyewear design competition. At the ceremony, it was announced the winners would be flown to his MikliStudio in Paris for an internship with all expenses paid. In terms of the qualities for which he is looking, the Frenchman explained that creative glasses need not be fancy and elaborate. 'It can be very simple with just the right details, and keep the ideas fresh,' Mikli (right) offered. 'You have to think it's something to wear on the face. It has to have real function. The person who wears it must feel they are beautiful or different. If the person wears it for pleasure then it's very nice.' Mikli says he enjoys Hong Kong, and his team took him to the very local scenery of Shek Kip Mei to explore a more grass-roots side of town before riding the MTR to Kowloon Tong. And the eyewear maestro has some strong opinions about our city's culture and heritage. 'I like the mixture of people here, but every couple of years there's a new building here that wants to be the tallest in the world. You don't need this stupid competition. Hong Kong is changing too fast in this way and you destroy its charms.' For application forms for Mikli's eyewear competition go to www.mikli.com or www.msaward.com .