I've been looking for fashionable work tops for the office that don't show my ageing neck but aren't as heavy as jumpers or turtlenecks. What do you think of the new "hatchling" tops?
In the Neck of Time, Shouson Hill
The Dictator rules: Well, aren't you a marketer's dream? The hatchling is just a rebranded mock turtleneck, part of the 90s style resurgence. Since most people associate them with Steve Jobs, we are creatively using words such as hatchling, baby turtleneck, banded collar or high neck. They do hide ageing cleavage brilliantly. Marni has mastered it, with long- and short-sleeved tops in solids, colourful prints and brocades (about HK$6,900 to HK$23,900). Loewe has combined the high collar with the asymmetrical sleeve/no sleeve trend in an abstract print of black, grey and red (HK$9,900). Maryling goes mod with a cropped pink top and matching mini skirt (HK$3,660 each). Quick-off-the-mark Zara offers its own pretty version in off-white polyester (HK$299). H&M has lots, too, including blouses and tees (HK$199 to HK$399). If your arms are still presentable, consider a sleeveless version to wear through the summer. Alexander Wang's comes in black cotton-linen with an eyelet pattern (HK$5,600). Victoria by Victoria Beckham's high-necked top is white crepe with black satin trims (HK$4,100; Lane Crawford). Another variation on the theme is the frilled stand-up collar, such as 3.1 Phillip Lim's sleeveless top in white with black edges (HK$4,190), made to look like a flower at the neck, from his 10th anniversary Stop and Smell the Flowers collection. Céline has a crisp white, short-sleeved blouse with a frilled high neck (HK$6,700), as well as a structured cream silk top with a funnel-ish neck and cap sleeves (HK$16,500). Short-necked women need not apply.
Where can I find those backless loafers that have been cropping up in magazine fashion shoots?
Given the Slipper, Central
The Dictator: Oh, no, not again! You mean mules, right? More 90s design disguised as new. I don't know how much more of this I can take. The style you mentioned most probably comes from Gucci's spring/summer 2016 show and has only just landed in Hong Kong. Named the Princetown slipper, it's a classic Gucci horsebit loafer at the front and is open at the back. The shoe is available in gold, canvas printed with floral, bee or Chinese tapestry motifs, and black leather lined with kangaroo fur (up to HK$8,200). Pierre Hardy also has some in tan suede or white leather in a slightly slimmer shape, but still with a streamlined loafer profile at the front (HK$3,550 and HK$3,900; www.netaporter.com). At www.farfetch.com, you'll find the Mara & Mine label, which has lots of cute mules, including the Jadey in white pony hair with black leather (HK$2,727), or black suede and leather with chains (HK$3,740). But remember, this is 90s fashion with the benefit of hindsight - take inspiration from today's designers, not the cast of Reality Bites.
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