I am loving the dressed-up jumpsuits a few of the ladies wore to MTV’s Video Music Awards. Could you point us in the direction of some super glam versions?
Taking a Leap, Woman About Town
The Dictator rules: “Us”, really? You make it sound like you’re doing a public service by asking this question. As if a crusade for formal jumpsuits were somehow necessary or important. Let’s call a jumpsuit a jumpsuit and move on. So you saw some celebrities in jumpsuits. So what? They’ve been doing that for years, as have most fashionable women. If you don’t already have a basic black one that can be dressed up or down, then you are far behind the times. At the VMAs, you saw American singer Halsey in a Yousef Al-Jasmi number while Hailey Baldwin looked fabulous in one by Georges Chakra. If you’re not being courted by random, exotic designers offering to dress you then cast your sights on pieces you can actually get your hands on. We’re madly in love with Rosie Assoulin’s retro-chic, wide-legged jumpsuits, in cotton and silk (HK$15,900 and up; farfetch). Drama queens could turn heads in a Balmain jumpsuit featuring lace, stud details and more (HK$12,000 and up). Of course, anyone looking towards autumn/winter 2016 has velvet in mind. Even if it is still far too hot in Hong Kong to consider donning a velvet jumpsuit just yet, it would be wise to claim yours from the latest collections. Fendi has a dreamy, boudoir-inspired jumpsuit in black slouchy velvet (HK$19,600).
Shhh! I’d like to surprise my husband for his birthday with a replica of our daughter’s feet as cufflinks. I’m sure I saw a pamphlet about it around the time she was born but my sleep-deprived baby brain cannot seem to recall who, what or where. Please help.
Foot in It, Mid-Levels
The Dictator: Oh, he’ll be surprised alright. Who wouldn’t be shocked to open a box and find amputated human body parts, and your own child’s at that? I, apparently, continue to overestimate the taste of my readers as such a service appears to be popular among new parents. And it’s not just cufflinks. A baby’s feet and hands can be memorialised as sculptures and jewellery in bronze, silver, gold, glass and heaven knows what else. If you’re going to do it, then do it well with a respected jeweller such as Wrightson & Platt of London (tel: 9038 1658). You can make an appointment to have one of their casting experts imprint your baby’s hands and/ or feet. Cufflinks are HK$20,832 for sterling silver and HK$58,736 for 18-carat gold. Oh, and prices include delivery, in a gift box, from London. If that’s a bigger commitment than you intended, consider one of the many services that offer an imprint of your child’s hands or feet rather than a 3D cast. You could try Smallprint HK (tel: 9501 8498), which charges about HK$2,200 and up for its silver cufflinks. You could scroll through the countless artisans on etsy.com who offer personalised jewellery, including creations of this nature.
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