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
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.
The current collection features
Schell’s signature styles such as
boat-necks with a sash and the
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
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,
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.
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.