November 24, 2011

The HK Fashion Index Plunge

The Hang Seng Index (HSI) closed today at its lowest level in six weeks, which doesn't really surprise HK Fashion Police as we see Hong Kong-ers resolve to drapery and bed sheets to cover up as the cooler weather approaches.  Saving a few bucks here and there, yet still keeping up with the trend is an essential surviving skill during bad times. 

While everyone obsessed about the ups and downs of the HSI, HK Fashion Police are shocked to discover the secretive HK Fashion Index (HKFI)!  We are no expert in the field of indexes, but one thing is for sure, the HKFI has survived many turbulences in the 1980's and 1990's: shoulder pads, leg warmers, high-waisted jeans, oversized t-shirts, the works...  Interestingly, the HKFI trend coincides with the HSI perfectly, especially in recent years!  Of course, to convince our lovely readers, we need to utilize the ultimate fashion trendsetters in Hong Kong - celebs! - to prove our point.  Afterall, they themselves are the supreme benchmark for how Hong Kong people should dress, right?  Hilary Tsui can pretty much throw on some plastic bags, and the next day people will nod approvingly and reach for their wallets to buy plastic bags in bulk, even with the stupid plastic bag tax imposed...  Anyway, this picture in the papers today led to this awesome discovery:

Here's the (in)famous celeb couple - Hilary Tsui and Eason Chan on the left, demonstrating the fall of the HKFI on the very same day the HSI plummeted!  Isn't this brilliant?  The cool lads on the right looked somewhat sad and helpless, just like all of us sane ones - reminescing the good old days...

November 10, 2011

Mr. Asia and Hong Kong Chokers

Everyone admits the annual Mr. Hong Kong and Mr. Asia competitions are just little marketing stunts local TV channels attempt to inject variety to the boring television programming in town, but it has become the guilty pleasure of many.  As we laugh at actresses and celebrities screaming fakely as contestants strut their things (yes, don't take that literally), we notice the competition is no longer about the usual muscles or six-packs, it is purely a competition of "who's the cutest?"  Yes, literally "cute" as in "kawaii", "pretty", "dainty" girly, kiddy "cute"!

One of the potential Mr. Asia contestants posed as the Korean Wonder Girls as reporters snapped away.  Oh hang on a minute, doesn't this guy look familiar?  This is the guy that we mentioned last year shopping at H&M!  If Miss Hong Kong ever opens application for "cute" guys, we are pretty sure this guy will make the mad dash for it.  Afterall, who wants to miss a chance to become the next King of Chok after oh-so-handsome actor Lam Fung!

Lam Fung