I'm looking for that long pencil skirt that's so trendy right now - all I can find are dress versions of it. Help? Longing for Pencils, Central The Dictator rules: Which one? There are many, and more on the way, as autumn-winter collections replace summer sales. Funnily enough, we didn't find any at Christian Dior, the brand that introduced the slender 'H-line' skirt in the 1940s. The latest Yves Saint Laurent collection features a brilliant one. Literally. It comes in a gorgeous, bright shade of teal blue and has seductive side slits (HK$7,490; Alexandra House, Central, tel: 2868 0092). You might think of Sportmax for staples rather than seduction, but its sexy, long-line skirt comes with a suggestive zip running down the back (HK$3,080; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 4228). Note to all: be vigilant when alcohol and cheeky men are in the same room. Vince's slim-cut black skirt goes all the way down (HK$2,300; Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2118 7777). The length of a garment depends entirely on an individual's proportions. A below-the-knee skirt on someone who is five foot two inches might look like a mini on a six-footer; and women who lose (or gain) significant amounts of weight will feel like someone has surreptitiously tailored the hems on their clothes. You'll have to wait for winter for the heavier weight fabrics of Moschino's black, Chanel-like knit (HK$6,050; The Landmark, Central, tel: 2525 4706); and Sharon Wauchob's grey wool jersey skinny skirt finished with leather across the waistband (HK$5,800; Lane Crawford). If your look is more 70s than 40s, you'll love Stella McCartney's new design with a front vent in either plain navy or beige tweed (HK$4,300 to HK$4,800; The Landmark, tel: 2801 6793). Or keep it simple with classic pencil skirts by Emporio Armani (HK$2,690; Chater House, Central, tel: 2532 7711); Jil Sander (HK$4,900; Lane Crawford); and high-street brands such as Zara (HK$399; IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7305). I went away for summer and was distraught to find Seibu gone from PP! Not only that, but I must have missed a great sale, too. I'm still traumatised. Are there any other Seibus left? I feel resentful that the whole of PP is being turned into a luxury-brand-only mall. Just isn't enough variety. What to do? Desperately Seeking Seibu, Wan Chai The Dictator: You can start by getting over it. You're not exactly lacking in a variety of price points at Pacific Place and, in fact, it's pretty clearly delineated by floors (prices escalate upwards as you do). So stop your whingeing, or just pick one of the many other malls and shopping districts in Hong Kong. At Langham Place, for example, you'll find the Kowloon sister to your recently departed favourite store. That's right, there is a Seibu in Mong Kok (tel: 2269 1888). Before you start with the theatrics again, yes, I know you missed the sale. So what? Seibu owner Dickson Concepts has a large discount store at Citygate Outlets mall where you can find bargains all year round (20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, tel: 2109 3700; www.citygateoutlets.com.hk ). What's more, you should be excited for the new Harvey Nichols that's taken over the old Pacific Place space. In case you didn't know, that's another Dickson brand in Hong Kong, along with the likes of Charles Jourdan, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle Outfitters, Brooks Brothers, Christofle and others.