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June 12, 2008

Seasonal Check-up

While the rest of the world is enjoying the start of summer, you on the other hand have gone through 9 umbrellas, umpteen hours waiting for taxis and officially swapped your jimmy’s for wellies. If torrential rain, perpetual grayness and distinct lack of summertime is getting you down, we have a remedy that is guaranteed to lift your spirits and work faster than any happy pill. We are writing you a prescription for some immediate summer retail therapy. Indulge in the latest trends, which can take you from the beach to safari to a fabulous summer cocktail party, all with grace, style and ease. Dosage: To be followed at least twice daily.

Remedy 1: Jewel Tone Colors
There’s no such thing as too bright this summer. From Lanvin to Louis Vuitton, colours are everywhere and looking so sumptuous they’re entrancing. For daytime, accent neutral outfits with vibrantly colored accessories. Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs and Nine West all have a dazzling selection of patent leathers that are packed with punch. For evening, the sky’s the limit. Sport billowing dresses in hot pink (Thakoon), turquoise (Lanvin) and sunburnt orange (Club Monaco), and all eyes are destined to be upon you.
We recommend: Maurizio Tauitu’s oversize patent clutch in aqua or coral (Lane Crawford, HK$2950)

Remedy 2: The Maxi Dress
2007 was the year of the mini, but this year it’s all about length (and its a good thing since our legs haven’t seen the light of day for months!). Look super chic poolside in jersey cotton (Theory and Tibi) with simple sandals and an armful of bangles. Be a party princess with an exotic-print, statement making DVF dress and metallic platform sandals. For that extra wow factor, add ornate chandelier earrings with sparkling gemstones.
We recommend: Diane von Furstenberg’s Maui silk dress (, US$398)

Remedy 3: Retro Safari
Neutrals go wild this summer in adventurous shapes and shimmering textures. Structured khaki-coloured dresses and jackets (Marc Jacobs) are belted for day to add an extra dose of chic. Designers like YSL and Roberto Cavalli have us seeing spots with leopard print belts and bags, while Stella McCartney has gone tribal with a Maasai-style beaded clutch and Rebecca Taylor has taken muted animal prints to super soft cashmere for a wild yet wearable treat.
We recommend: Rebecca Taylor’s silk and cashmere gray leopard dress (Lane Crawford, HK$3400)

Remedy 4: Floral Fabulous
Florals came out of the garden and onto runways this season, everywhere from Stella McCartney to Balenciaga. To subtly incorporate this trend into your wardrobe, try a flowing floral top (Mango) with jeans, or a splashy skirt (Zara) and a plain white shirt or camisole. For night, go for bold, painted brushstrokes on dramatic evening dresses (Luella and DVF) paired with contrasting gladiator-style or chunky heeled sandals.
We recommend: T-Bags Floral Maxi-dress (, US$220)

Remedy 5: Bohemian: Ombre and Tie-Dye
Believe it or not, tie-dye is back. But the t-shirt you made in 5th grade won’t cut it this time around. Everything from bikinis to dresses is being dipped, tied and twisted. Even patent Prada laptop bags, Fendi clutches and Christian Louboutin platforms have taken the plunge. Go for a dip with super chic scarves (Matthew Williamson) bejeweled tunics (Tory Burch) or flowing goddess-like evening dresses (Alice + Olivia).
We recommend: Catherine Malandrino’s watercolor halter dress (, US$595)

Results should be effective immediately. If problems persist, please refer to a specialist (Lane Crawford Personal Shopper). Caution not to overdose, this is very addictive stuff!

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