I love that 1970s style of high collar with a sort of cape attachment. Is there a term for that? I’d like to find some fashion pieces, new or old, in that style.
Hot Under the Collar, Lantau
The Dictator rules: Actually, it’s a Victorian style that has found moments of popularity throughout history, including the 1970s and today. But who cares? I’ll tell you. Very few of us. You should educate yourself on clothes styles and tailoring patterns. You could use terms such as the Bertha, collaret, puritan, cape or ruffle collar. Retailers, however, are rarely so specific. Indeed, we went through the current offerings and found that almost every item fitting your description was vaguely described as “ruffled”. Take, for example, the fabulous Lanvin blouse that is the perfect modern interpretation of the look (HK$9,900). Can you guess what it’s known as? A ruffle top, which could mean any number of designs. Goen J has mastered the cut in beautiful tops and dresses, including a cream and black floral printed dress (HK$12,900; Harvey Nichols). Rebecca Taylor’s La Vie line takes it quite literally, with a white, high-neck, frilled and ruffled top so conservative it could almost work in an Amish community, save for the use of buttons at the back (HK$1,626; nordstrom.com). We could never have imagined the cut in a short-sleeved T-shirt but that is exactly what 3.1 Phillip Lim has accomplished in white cotton jersey with a silk crepe overlay (HK$3,090). Emilio Pucci, meanwhile, has designed a long-sleeved, orange viscose blouse with an asymmetric frilled collar and a cut-out on the left shoulder (HK$7,880). Just remember to keep the rest of the outfit up-to-date or risk looking like a bit part in a play.
I’ve been quite good about using my foot file, but I still have cracked heels. Do you have any tips on how to correct such a thing? I’m embarrassed to wear the Gucci loafer mules you recommended earlier this summer.
Crack Team, Central
The Dictator: Cut it out. Seriously. First get back on track with a Shanghainese Pedicure at the Mandarin Salon (HK$820), where Samuel So Cheung-fat uses special blades to expertly and painlessly cut away layers of dry, unsightly skin. Next, find the right moisturiser. One key ingredient, apparently, is urea. If that brings to mind pee, it is indeed an organic compound naturally found in urine. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Don’t worry. It is synthetically created, and is commonly used as a re-hydrator in cosmetics, as well as in lawn fertiliser, toilet bowl cleaners and diuretics. Available in various concentrations, choose from high, prescribed levels of about 40 per cent to only 10 per cent over the counter. For example, Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream has 10 per cent urea and lactate (HK$202; Amazon). For a more potent mix, try Lucare’s 20 per cent urea formula kept behind the pharmacist’s counter but sold without a prescription (HK$70; Fanda, World Wide House, Central). Burt’s Bees takes a more natural approach in its effective Coconut Foot Creme (HK$219; Mannings). Also check out Karuna’s Exfoliating + Foot Mask (HK$330; Joyce Beauty), a pack of four foot masks formulated with ingredients including acids and fruit extracts. Finally, add a large dollop of patience as it often takes a few weeks of dedicated use to see results.