Alba Pinto

E-tailing giant partners with ethical fashion champion Esthetica to reward eco-conscious industry practices; winners’ control of production cited as key factor.


Alba Pinto tells the story of the line's well-connected founders, Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern, the Hollywood stars who wear their clothes, and what Hongkongers will like about them.

Ziggy Bautista, founder of the  sportswear line, tells Alba Pinto he's excited to showcase the brand to Hong Kong's gym rats.

Designer who's dressed stars such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry has a flair for the dramatic and, for us mere mortals, a knack for making ordinary pieces stand out.

This season's beachwear trends range from peekaboo mesh and bright bikinis in hi-tech fabrics to classy retro monochrome one-pieces. We ask local tastemakers for tips on how to sizzle this summer.

Denim has clung to the catwalks since time immemorial, and it's in no hurry to leave. Today double denim is back with style icons Katy Holmes, Olivia Palermo and SJP donning contrasting shades and cuts on chunky clogs, killer court shoes and roughed-up Converses.

Minimalists can't get enough Céline’s latest Ring bags, and Tam's black and white chinoiserie is taboo-breaking.

Sheers, slits, crop tops and cut-outs will be all the rage in summer 2015, in lines as varied as Christian Dior, Topshop and Alexander Wang.

Pop culture It's Betty Boop meets Roy Lichtenstein at Yazbukey this season, with bags inspired by Parisian clichés and pop culture. Pick up the camera and nail varnish clutches (HK$9,900 each; right and far right) at Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, Admiralty.

Since gingham made an appearance in spring lookbooks, it was only a matter of time before tartan marched onto the summer runways. Giorgio Armani has some of the best takes on the pattern in its latest collection of tailored jackets, trousers and cady silk blouses.

Oscar de la Renta once said: “Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day.” Inspiring words from the man who used to dress Jackie Kennedy. 

Jenny Packham has adopted Marilyn Monroe as her muse this year, and her spring-summer collection oozes the movie icon's style. The jewellery line is floral and feminine, and runs the gamut of statement necklaces and chunky cuffs to delicate drop earrings with electroformed flowers. 

It was the decade of glam, disco and punk, flares, spangles and safety pins, Charlie's Angels and Enter the Dragon. And the spirit of the times has returned with psychedelic swirls, chiffon blouses and eccentric embroidery on the spring runways, and sequins and clashing stripes now in stores everywhere.  

With every new lunar year, our fashion friends regale us with gift sets and limited-edition collections adorned with twee Chinese motifs.

Hectic lifestyles and a predilection for practicality drive trends these days. So designers continue to tap into a growing appetite for sportswear-inspired garb that combines street chic with the comfort of gym apparel.

While Milan is home to Italy's fashion giants, Florence is the epicentre of Italian culture and craftsmanship, and favoured by many smaller, boutique brands, including leather accessories label Tuscan's.

Sleek and simple is how we like our fashion, and few can deliver as well as Berayah. Geometric cuts and precision tailoring give the label's traditional designs a distinctive, quirky edge.

This week, Out shopping will be celebrating Hong Kong's varied and ever more sophisticated band of designers, starting with Susanna Soo.

Opened recently on Hollywood Road, Niin has charged its way through the Hong Kong fashion scene with its ethical philosophies and reconstituted, natural materials. The home-grown jeweller has collaborated with lifestyle retailer Kapok to offer a minimalist bracelet collection made from sustainable materials with a simple, tie-on design.

Burberry has come a long way since the days when its iconic check was core to a Lonsdale tracksuit and Fred Perry cap ensemble. Thanks to an aggressive rebrand, we now have the likes of teen heart throb Jamie Campbell Bower and model Cara Delevingne throwing a trench or five over their shoulders.

Shearling has been in and out of fashion for years — worn by aviators, market traders and second-hand car salesmen. The early noughties saw sheepskin rear its practical head in the form of the Ugg phenomenon, which has thankfully since petered out.

For those who like to bling it in the new year, Hong Kong's fashionistas pick their favourite jewellery for the big night out.

Walking past, you'd be forgiven for thinking that May Fashion was a converted dry cleaners — at a push, a curio shop. It's so cluttered, there's no real sense of what's being sold until you start to dig.