Bird of Paradise is my favourite pattern, so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw a woman at lunch the other day wearing the most beautiful dress with birds of paradise all over it! Please tell me this is something I'll be able to find in Hong Kong.
Paradise Lost and Found, Magazine Gap
The Dictator rules: Excusez-moi? Isn't that exactly the kind of intel shared by ladies who lunch? Any tai-tai worth her salt would be able to match an iconic print with its fashion house. Assuming, that is, you mean the extraordinary, brightly coloured flower of the Strelitzia or Heliconia genera, shall we? (There are avian creatures of the same name in the Paradisaeidae family, you know.) So, have you got it yet? Fendi, of course. Its resort 2016 collection is filled with a bird of paradise print on a variety of cotton-silk dresses and separates (HK$9,400 and up). Proenza Schouler has a lunch-worthy, short-sleeved, blue and orange silk shift in another version of the print (HK$10,968; www.farfetch.com). Also have a look at Nicole Miller's pretty, all-over birds of paradise silk dress with a halter neckline and keyhole front (HK$3,217; www.neimanmarcus.com). Otherwise, see the fabulous choices from Keepsake, whose interpretation of the exotic flower comes in a subdued palette of purples and pinks, featured on black or white poly on a maxi dress, trousers, a camisole top and shorts (HK$350 to HK$699; www.fashionbunker.com.
I read that massive, dangly rhinestone earrings are in. Where on earth would you even find such a thing?
Rhinestone Cowgirl, Central
The Dictator: Ah, so you've never been to Wing Kut Street, in Central. If you had, you would know it's filled with costume jewellery shops, many of which still have stock dating back to the 1980s, piled in with up-to-date merchandise. For example, Dendy (3 Wing Kut Street, tel: 2543 8989) carries earrings in all shapes and sizes for about HK$25 to HK$150. Back to the specifics of your question. This is pure 80s kitsch in the form of large cascades of crystals, rhinestones and other obviously fake diamonds. Erickson Beamon has a pair of rose-gold-plated earrings dripping in strands of baguette-cut Swarovski crystals (HK$4,555; netaporter.com). Givenchy also has a few in clustered combinations of Swarovski crystals and other flashy materials (HK$8,000 and up). Vintage is another great way to go. Consider the fabulous finds at rubylane.com (HK$195 and up). Now, although statement earrings were on display on several runways, we wouldn't exactly define them as a must-have. You've got to be bold enough to pull them off in the first place. If you, for example, are imagining them with a prom dress or formal gown, then you are absolutely the wrong person. Instead, play with high-low contrasts and let them add sparkle to a casual ensemble. Wink every now and then so people know you're joking.
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