How to wear the two-tone denim trend, and where to buy inter­changeable heels

What’s the deal with jeans in two different blues? Does that just mean patchwork? Are they the new denim?
Dealing Double Denim, Discovery Bay

The Dictator rules: What a familiar, friendly way to ask me that question. Never do it again. And, while you’re at it, bite your tongue for confusing this trend with patchwork. Heaven forbid. Distressed denim doesn’t qual­ify either. We’re talking about the newer, more refined effect of two different denims strategic­ally contrasted along the waist­band, hem or down the outer hem, tuxedo-style. They are indeed a big “deal” these days.

Exhibit A would be Rag Bone’s Dre mid-rise slim boyfriend jeans in medium or dark indigo, with the waistband, pockets and turn-up hem showing the lighter reverse side of the fabric (HK$2,090).

Actually, Exhibit B is more reflective of current tastes, though much harder to wear: wide-leg jeans with darker or lighter panels at the hem. Cedric Charlier’s are cropped, though that’s a matter of the wearer’s height, and also make smart use of the reverse side of the same fabric with the darker side offering contrast on the hem’s cuff and down the outer sides of the legs (HK$3,700; Lane Crawford). Stella McCartney’s come in a brighter light blue with dark blue cuff (HK$4,490).

Exhibit C, oh forget it. A third style divides each leg into two vertical panels, such as the two-toned, high-waisted skinny jeans by Imvely (HK$530; And, in the unlikely event that you should wish to continue your search for the perfect two-toned jeans, try: B Sides, See by Chloé, Joe’s Jeans, Alexander McQueen and Ports 1961.

Interchangeable heels? Tell me it’s true. A colleague just came back from Italy and was laughing about shoes he saw with different heels that click in and out. I wish he’d taken a photo because I would definitely buy them if they looked alright! Do they?
Playing the Heel, Central

The Dictator: Just all right? That’s a high bar you’ve set for yourself. Poor André Perugia is probably rolling in his grave. The removable heels first dreamed up by the French lux­ury shoe designer may no longer be available to you, but others are.

Perhaps we should explain the concept first. Simple, the consumer chooses an upper design, then has a selection of low to high, block to stiletto heels in different materials to click on and off as the occasion requires. A few crazy kids have since tried to develop the con­cept into a viable brand, but let me save you time by directing you to footwear company Tanya Heath, which sells shoes and heels separately. The heels slide on then click into place. To release, press the button inside the shoe and slide out the heel. Voila!

The shoes each take the first name of a woman, such as Valerie, and the range includes closed-toe pumps, sandals, booties and tall boots (HK$2,525 and up). The heels, named after men, naturelle­ment, are where things get really interesting.

Available from 1.5 to 3.3 inches in height, the collection offers six different types in everything from kitten heels to stilettos, and block heels (HK$262 to HK$612). Each shape comes in various colours, as well as cork, wood and special motifs such as skulls. What are you waiting for?

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