I've been dying to try the pyjama trend since seeing street-scene photos of glamorous ladies in them. Tell me, can normal women wear them without looking like they've just rolled out of bed?

Sleep Deprived, Discovery Bay

The Dictator rules: No. Sorry. Many would disagree with me. I think Hong Kong is just too familiar with the look, given it was not too long ago that older folks thought nothing of popping down to the shops or for a stroll in their PJs. You might even elicit a complaint akin to the principal in Britain who asked parents to get dressed and brush their hair before dropping off their kids at school. (In that case, it really was laziness, not high fashion.) To be taken seriously, you would have to be a statuesque beauty. In Paris. During fashion week. Instead of head-to-toe, I suggest splitting the pair. Try a pyjama-style shirt with jeans or classic trousers. Or wear the PJ bottoms with an elegant shirt and heels. Ensure everything is ironed and pristine. Dress up, not down. Valentino's resort 2016 collection features a printed silk crepe de chine loose-fitting blouse (HK$13,700) and fluid trousers (HK$15,300). We are also quite taken with Helen Lee's silk pyjama bottoms in bright blue with classic white piping and cropped hems (HK$5,100; Lane Crawford). They'd look great with a plain white tee and fabulous shoes. Skip the flip-flops. On the high street, Topshop's "formal jogger" elasticated-waist trousers (HK$439) and pyjama-style blouse (HK$559) are worth checking out.


My friends and I are obsessed with the plastic ties from Christopher Kane's fashion show. I've looked for them but no luck. Can you help?

Plastic Searchery, Sai Ying Pun

The Dictator: Just what the world needs. More disposable plastic. It's true, colourful plastic cable ties were used as hair ties and necklaces for Christopher Kane's spring 2016 runway show. However, the credit should probably go not to the designer but to hairstylist Guido Palau. We haven't seen them sold at Christopher Kane stores in Hong Kong or by its online stockists, but we hear you can pick up a set of three for HK$227 at the brand's London flagship (6 Mount Street, Mayfair, tel: 44 20 7493 3111). Here's a creative solution: Aliexpress.com has many contacts that can fulfil your plastic dreams. Yueqing Woen Electric, for example, will sell you a minimum lot of 240 cables, comprising 12 colours, for only HK$39 (plus a HK$76 delivery charge). They don't bear the designer brand name. Get over it. It's an accepted professional hazard for models to have their hair put through the ringer during runway shows, but are you ready for that? I'm almost certain you won't be able to remove each cable tie from your ponytail without lopping off chunks of hair. And don't even get me started on the asphyxiation possibilities of you, alone, with cable tie pulled too tightly around your neck. How about some pretty, re-usable ribbons from the stalls on Pottinger Street or Sham Shui Po instead?

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