A Man’s Stand­ing

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor's Note -

t’s now 20 years since the term “met­ro­sex­ual” en­tered the lex­i­con, the mas­cu­line ap­pro­pri­a­tion of fem­i­nine beauty and style, de­scrib­ing a man metic­u­lous about groom­ing and ap­pear­ance, mois­turiser and mag­a­zines, and, above all, him­self. Coined in an ar­ti­cle by Mark Simp­son in The In­de­pen­dent in Eng­land, Simp­son wrote: “Met­ro­sex­ual man, the sin­gle young man with a high dis­pos­able in­come, living or work­ing in the city (be­cause that’s where all the best shops are), is per­haps the most promis­ing con­sumer mar­ket of the decade.”

Pre­scient in­deed. Twenty years later, Mark Gra­ham’s piece ( Made Men, p.228), part of our su­per­size men’s cov­er­age, as­sesses the cur­rent state of the art for the 21st-cen­tury met­ro­sex­ual, or post-met­ro­sex­ual (uber-met­ro­sex­ual en­tered the lingo but was soon dropped). He finds high-end and mass-mar­ket de­sign­ers on high streets and on­line’s elec­tric av­enue ex­cited by ro­bust growth in this mar­ket. Brands such as Prada, Ralph Lau­ren and Dun­hill have launched men-only stores to meet to­day’s dash­ing metro’s needs, and Gra­ham notes the ef­fect the rise of China’s manly mil­lions is hav­ing on mo­bile menswear sales and so­cial me­dia. For an ad­di­tional take on to­day’s male style barom­e­ter, see our men’s run­way re­port ( Male Or­der, p.156) in which we bring you the pick of the global shows.

Fel­lows apart, we fea­ture two mem­bers of the fairer sex, who in their re­spec­tive ways are style ar­bi­tresses of su­perla­tive im­port. Ma­cau-born Sarah Ho, a glam­orous yet hum­ble cock­tail of East and West, pas­sion and per­se­ver­ance, graces our cover and shares with us the se­crets of her sparkling jew­ellery suc­cess with her Sarah Ho brand in Lon­don and in­creas­ingly around the globe ( Cre­ative Fu­sion, p.234).

And then there’s the dame of Hong Kong’s style elite, Bon­nae Gok­son, who not only pos­sesses re­fine­ment in spades, but has pi­o­neered its devel­op­ment in the city through her fash­ion, de­sign and con­fec­tionery taste. Where Bon­nae leads, life­style’s cognoscenti and con­sumer shifts fol­low ( Ob­jects of Af­fec­tion, p.220).

Ladies and gen­tle­men, we trust this month’s style bi­ble will put added spring in each metro-, retro-, and best-dressed step you take across the small, tall city.

STYLE-SAVVY SAR­TO­RI­AL­IST From cat­walk to the streets,de­sign­ers to con­sumers, ev­ery­one is mak­ing bolder state­ments when it comes to dress­ing

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