Tuxedos for women and fabulous bucket bags

I read that pantsuits are in, but what about tuxedos? I have a formal event coming up and want to make it its debut. I’ve only seen cheap jackets on the high street. How are the ones for women different from the men’s version?
Formal and Function, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: Ugh. Please don’t ever say pantsuit again. There was a spate of sexy tuxes (no shirt, no bra) a few years ago, but we haven’t seen any we like on a red carpet recently. Stores, however, are a different story. And unless you’re shaped like a man, don’t raid your other half’s wardrobe. Women’s tuxedos are different because, duh, they are cut for our bodies. Moreover, we are allowed to ignore the strict rules for men. Can you wear a white jacket year-round? Yes, but the boys are restricted to wearing them only in the tropics or during summer. Victoria Beckham has a double-breasted tux jacket in white, slightly metallic sable wool (HK$19,940) or black grain-de-poudre wool (HK$17,220); and matching, slim-legged trousers with satin seams in white (HK$8,355) or black (HK$10,915). If it’s bling you want, check out Versace’s black silk crepe and satin version with crystal and gold-tone buttons (HK$25,000) and straight-legged silk cady trousers (HK$6,300). Emanuel Ungaro has a black, one-button tux jacket in a soft, draped cut with a satin shawl collar, which can be paired with trousers in either a pleated or sweatpant cut (HK$5,700 to HK$10,700). We’re most keen to push the boundaries with Givenchy’s tuxedo updates, such as the cut-out “cold shoulder” jacket (HK$21,800) and extra-wide-leg trousers in black cady and satin (HK$13,100). Just, please, wear a shirt underneath.

I’d like to buy myself what you might call a “fabulous” bucket bag, something in that shape but really special rather than a typical LV pattern. Which ones do you recommend?
Pick the Bucket, Clear Water Bay

The Dictator: Don’t you sound special. Oh, how I loathe mis­used quotation marks. I don’t believe I’ve ever used the words fabulous and bucket together in the same sentence. There are indeed several fabulous hand­bags that take inspiration from the long-overlooked bucket bag. By that, we mean a pouch with a round, square or rectangular base, with a long handle and usually closed with a drawstring. One label credited with its resurgence is Mansur Gavriel, whose bucket bags are available in leather or suede, in various colours and sizes (HK$4,700 and up; On Pedder). Alaia’s distinctive laser-cut designs now adorn bucket bags in black leather (HK$14,800 to HK$24,000; On Pedder). Diane von Furstenberg has made hers in red, blue or yellow satin, with a gold chain strap, making it a wonderful party alternative to the clutch (HK$1,900). Roger Vivier’s iconic Prismick motif has been introduced to the Prismicknot Bucket Bag, in purple or tan suede with geo­metric inserts and knot details and a dark metal chain strap (HK$22,700). Do you like the gommino bumps on Tod’s shoes? Well, you could treat yourself to one of its leather bucket bags available in an array of colours and sporting those same speed bumps (HK$12,100 to HK$27,600). Local brand Mischa has a lovely mini bucket bag in its obi-inspired geometric pattern, in red, blue, black or champagne for HK$1,512. For more, see Creatures of Comfort, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.

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