The Dictator

					     The Dictator
      On style, she rules


      I was watching Dirty Sexy Money          in suede or mesh, each teetering      Who created it? Australian designer
      last night and completely fell in        on elongating spikes (HK$5,980;       Stephanie Schell used to work in
      love with the bronze one-shoulder        Elements Mall, tel: 2196 8259).       London and the Maldives for a luxury
      dress Nola Lyon [Lucy Liu’s              Dior rocks the mesh look              spa and management company,
      character] wore during her first         on dangerously high heels             developing boutiques for its
      meeting with Jeremy Darling. Do          (HK$6,600; 1 Peking Road, Tsim        properties. It was when she returned
      you know who it is by? I love it so      Sha Tsui, tel: 2269 5000). Hermès     to Australia and became pregnant that
      much I’m ready to fork out for the       does it with sophistication, from     she noticed a gap in the market for
      original. Please help.                   kitten heels to stilettos (HK$7,400   cool maternity clothes that are also
      Nola Limits, Hung Hom                    to HK$9,300; Pacific Place,           functional. She launched her line and
                                               Admiralty, tel: 2522 6229). Going     boutique in Sydney last October.
      The Dictator rules: I hate to break      cheap with this trend risks looking   Why we love it: the pieces are so hip
      it to you but television dramas          cheap but we recommend Nine           and wearable that even women who
      haven’t been taped live for gener-       West’s Twyla cage heels for those     aren’t expecting will be tempted. The
      ations. Add their delayed arrival        on a budget (HK$1,145; Pacific        clothes are designed to be worn into
      to Hong Kong screens and you’re          Place, tel: 2921 2009).               the post-pregnancy period, making
      seeing fashion from seasons past.                                              them highly versatile. Most items have
      In that scene, Liu wore a dress by       I have hardly any eyelashes but       handy, functional details such as
      La Petite S***** [Salope; www.           have heard that using an eyelash      invisible side zips and hidden snaps
      lapetitesalope.com] from autumn/         curler with heat might help. What     down the waist for easy access when
      winter 2008. (Very impressed             do you recommend?                     breastfeeding. Made from fabrics such
      with ourselves for knowing that.)        Bats for Lashes, Happy Valley
      We even did a little search online
      for second-hand ones but no joy.         The Dictator: Am I the only one
      We then thought the copper               recoiling in horror at the thought
      Lurex, one-shoulder Zac Posen            of an eyelash curler over an
      dress that Freida Pinto wore to
      the 2009 Directors Guild Awards
      would be the perfect alternative
                                               open flame? Stop, look and listen
                                               is my recommendation. There
                                               are dedicated appliances to
                                                                                     Behind the label Stephanie Schell
      but again no luck. Then (drum            accomplish this, so no DIY
      roll) we found Monique Lhuillier’s       MacGyver contraptions, please.
      burnt gold, one-shoulder dress           We actually answered this
      (HK$24,900) and did a little celeb-
      ratory dance, horrifying the staff
                                               question a few years ago. The
                                               only difference is that your range
                                                                                     Street threads
      at Harvey Nichols (The Landmark,         of options has been reduced since
      Central, tel: 3695 3388). Well, you      then (an indication of efficacy?
      did say you were ready to fork out       We’ll let you decide). Call us
      for it. Unfortunately, there are no      picky but when we use heated                                                                        1
      good, cheap options this time.           objects near the eyes, we prefer
      Otherwise, we recommend you              famous brands. Our top choice         1 Fashionistas who loved Chanel’s two-tone tights will
      look for some fabulous vintage           is still the Panasonic Heated         like the quirky socks from Japanese brand Cocomono
      dresses on eBay or take the idea to      Eyelash Curler (HK$98; Sincere,       Mamani. Designed by Marii Kishigami, the line of pure
      your tailor (you do have one, right?).   173 Des Voeux Road Central,           cotton socks features playful designs and includes the
                                               Sheung Wan, tel: 2544 2688).          ballet pump (pictured) and high-heel styles (HK$490 per
      I was about to buy those YSL cage        It’s battery operated and has a       pair). The line is available at Initial, Style House, 310
      shoes but the fat heels worry me.        heated comb to curl the eyelashes     Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2882 9044.
      How can I do the trend but without       in a matter of seconds before you
      chunky trunk heels?                      apply mascara. (Yes, you have         2 Emporio Armani’s (Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim
      Caged Heat, Repulse Bay                  to buy the mascara separately.)       Sha Tsui, inquiries: 2437 1295) latest jewellery collection
                                               But please, whatever you do,          includes pieces made from durable stainless steel plated
      The Dictator: You’re worried? Do         don’t confuse it with the danger-     in two-tone gold, for men and women. Standouts include a
      you even know what that means,           ously similar looking Panasonic       disc pendant (HK$1,400) and a bracelet made of multiple
      being that you’re still able to afford   Facial Groomer, or you’ll truly       thin bangles (pictured; HK$2,100).
      designer shoes. Well, it’s good for      understand what it means to
      our economy so, once you’ve found        be eyelash-less. For a little bit     3 Giordano Ladies’ (43 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2921
      some perspective, go shopping for        less, Sasa has heated eyelash         2028) spring collection features light shades of jade, dove
      the strap-heavy cage trend with          curlers by Korean brand Oris          grey and lilac on sleek pieces in luxe fabrics with unusual
      stiletto heels instead. We don’t         and you get to choose pink or         details. For a chic look check out the versatile draped
      see why you haven’t snapped up           blue (HK$55; if, by some freak        nappa vest (pictured; HK$1,980) and the matte jersey
      Jimmy Choo’s super sleek Samoa           of nature, you don’t know your        cape dress (HK$895).
      heels (HK$6,550; Elements Mall,          nearest Sasa location, go to
      Kowloon, tel: 2196 8966) or the          www.sasa.com and click on
      sexy snakeskin Glenys sandals            “store locator”). For ensuing
      (HK$12,200). Fendi’s latest come         emergencies, call 999.



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                                                                         Fendi’s Peekaboo bag (below) Boxy bags are all the
                                                                         rage and this one is definitely recession-proof.
                                                                         Bold prints They are louder and wilder this spring,
                                                                         as seen at Erdem.
                                                                         Bells We can’t help but drool over the Alaia shoes
                                                                         decorated with tiny bells. If you can’t afford them
                                                                                look for ethnic-inspired summer tops with
as silk chiffon, stretch satin and                                              bell embellishments.
cotton jersey, the clothes are                                                 The nude/black combination Pair your black
comfortable and allow the skin                                                 jacket or LBD with nude shoes and bag. Very chic.
to breathe.
    The current collection features
Schell’s signature styles such as
boat-necks with a sash and the
                                                                                                                      HOT
racer-back maxi dress. Separates
include white trousers and shorts.
What we’d pick: the white mini-
dress with contrasting black sash
(left; HK$1,449) and the Grecian-
inspired gathered jersey dress (far
                                                                                   Style meter
left; HK$2,019) that can be worn as a
top, thanks to cleverly placed hooks.
Where can you get it? Stephanie
Schell is available at Nine
Months, 7/F, 68 Wellington                  NOT
Street, Central, tel: 2868 5988,
www.ninemonthshk.com.
Divia Harilela                              Sequin racer-back tops Flashy and exposing a tad too much flesh.
                                            The midnight-blue sequin dress How many more celebrities do we have to see
                                            wearing this before they realise it’s passé?
                                            Tie-front boots Worse than the hair-covered styles on the catwalk.
                                            Fascinators It’s the official term for all those horrible head pieces people wear
                                            instead of hats at weddings.
                                            Divia Harilela




                                  Maleroom
                                        ▲
                                                                         Sole mates Men who are on their feet all day might
                                                                         appreciate Berluti’s latest creation, the two-eyelet Derby
                                                                         (left; HK$9,500 per pair) from the New Physio collection.
        2                                                                Designed to resemble a moccasin at the front, the shoe
                                                                         features a reinforced back to protect it while driving and
                                                                         two-eyelet lacing, which gives the wearer more room for
                                                                         comfort. The design comes in two patinas, brown and
                                                                         black, and is available at Berluti, Prince’s Building,
                                                                         Central, tel: 3114 7987.
                                                                         Club room Tee off in style in Boss Green’s latest golfing
                                                                         gear. Argyle and checks appear along with stripes in
                                                                         shades of brown, green and white on items such as a
                                                                         nylon belt (HK$1,000) and leather shoes (HK$2,750). The
                                                                         golf bag (far left; HK$4,850), made from PVC, nylon and
                                                                                calf leather, features six pockets for individual clubs.
                                                                                   The gear is available at Hugo Boss, Pacific Place,
                                                                                      Admiralty, tel: 2918 1833.
                                                                                       In case Bally’s spring collection is great for
                                                                                         both the boardroom and travelling thanks to
                                                                                                  its rugged look. The bags are large,
                                                                                                     making them ideal for weekend
                                                                                                      getaways, and feature details
                                                                                                      such as woven leather and
                                                                                                       detachable document pouches.
                                                                                                        Standouts include the Maxei
                                                                                                        with an extra-long shoulder
                                                                                                         strap (left; HK$7,890) and the
                                                                                                         Sicor (HK$9,190). The range is
                                                                                                         available at Bally, IFC Mall,
  3                                                                                                       Central, tel: 2333 2253.
                                                                                                          Divia Harilela



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