Hong Kong has so many layered sides to it, and that is no different when it comes to style levels. Aesthetics on the HK social scene vary across location and occasion and you can go from figure hugging, floor-length sequins to easily getting away with wearing your sweatpants to dinner on a Friday night. So, it’s no wonder that trying to find the most fabulous formal dress can be overwhelming! Whether you’re getting ready for a wedding, special birthday or important event, these are the best places to secure a dress to impress.
We are loving the handpicked collection from online boutique, MyAleshia. Its semi-formal dresses are fun, fashionable and look good on just about anyone! We’re especially smitten with its lace and ruffle detailing, slimming silhouettes, vibrant colours and romantic, versatile styles. Featuring cocktail dresses for all types of parties and events, MyAleshia ships internationally, making it easier to find the right frock for any occasion. With a ready-to-wear collection made right in the 852, we know you’ll find a fab dress that will turn heads and look great. Happy shopping!
MyAleshia, Available online at www.myaleshia.com
While trends may come and go, the timeless silhouettes at Reiss convey longevity and classic sophistication. Think: soft, feminine cuts and fabrics that drape the body rather than wear it. The romantic looks feature florals, ruffles, and elongated silhouettes to effortlessly take you from day to night (a win in a city that never sleeps). Quite literally fit for royalty, this place is a favourite of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Reiss is a brand steeped in over four decades of couture and provides its clients with unwavering design and quality.
Reiss, Harbour City and Hong Kong IFC, www.reiss.com/hk
If you’re looking for a selection of exquisite evening dresses that don’t break the bank, Dress Up Hong Kong is the place for you. This online boutique was established in 2011, with a beautiful store in Sheung Wan. Dress Up offers women a vast array of style and size choice – including a plus size range, and plenty of fabric and print options. With fabulous frocks on offer, and free local shipping, Dress Up is a definite winner in the race for something special here in Hong Kong.
Dress Up, 8/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, www.dress-up.com.hk
You no longer need to be a bride to indulge in wedding day fashion. One of Hong Kong’s premier bridal stores, Designer Bridal Room, offers exceptional couture from some of the biggest names in fashion (think Valentino, Zuhair Murad and Jenny Packham). The experts here pride themselves in the highest quality and exclusive service. Glamourous, elegant and sophisticated with an eye on trends and a commitment to the highest quality in all products, the women at Designer Bridal Room know how to make you feel as magnificent as you should on your big day, without needing to say “I do!”
Designer Bridal Room, 2nd Floor, Blissful Building, 243 – 247 Des Voeux Road Central, designerbridalroom.com.hk
One of Hong Kong’s most established names in bespoke tailoring; Shanghai Tang is at the forefront for quality craftsmanship. If you’re in search of something that exudes Oriental glam and makes a statement that is at steeped in heritage, then the luxe silks, embroidered florals and traditional qipao silhouettes from Shanghai Tang are here for you. Though it’s on the pricy side, the brand promises timeless quality. Step inside a world of luxury at either of the Hong Kong boutiques located on Duddell Street in Central or 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Shanghai Tang, 1 Duddell Street Central and at 1881 Heritage www.shanghaitang.com
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Founded in 2009 by wife and mom, Kelly, Mariée Bridal Couture is a haven for brides, bridesmaids and women with intent to dazzle at any given event. Expect an extensive range of evening gowns alongside the signature bridal offerings. Plus, the designers featured all have a keen eye for new trends that perfectly accentuate traditional couture silhouettes. Check it out out online or book an appointment at the Central boutique.
Mariée Bridal Couture, 9/F Galuxe Building, 8 On Lan Street Central www.mariee.com.hk
Ever watched a Bollywood film and obsessed over the exquisite, embellished creations worn by the fierce female characters? Luckily for the women of the 852, those divine dresses are now available, thanks to the powerhouse trio behind East-meets-West demi-couture brand JODHA. With a firm belief that “your life is the occasion”, JODHA creates hand-crafted, Indian-inspired pieces to wow the crowd. Cuts and fabrics are of premier quality, and JODHA’s prices are highly competitive.
JODHA, Available online at www.jodhathelabel.com
Fashion can really take a toll on the environment and it’s crucial that we begin questioning the impact fast fashion has on our environment. Central St. Martins graduate Sarah Fung went on a mission to help when she founded HULA: an online marketplace for pre-owned designer womenswear. HULA is an incredible business model; a virtual retailer that promotes sustainable fashion through re-selling couture at almost 95% markdown, with 5% of profit going to charity. The (re)cyclical nature makes sure that pieces in prime condition are given a second shelf life, promoting less fashion waste. Throw in some of the most covetable names in fashion (from Gucci to Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli to Chloé to name very few) and an array of bags, shoes, jewellery and of course, evening wear, and you’ve got us hooked.
HULA, By-appointment only studio in Wong Chuk Hang and available online at www.thehula.com
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Live your luxe life thanks to membership-based rental concept, YEECHOO. The idea is simple: become a member of your choosing (one, three or six month memberships are available to suit every budget) and wake up to the endless designer possibilities on offer; for four to eight days and with return and dry cleaning included! They also have a store in Central, and a new-clothes-sharing initiative to help reduce fashion waste and extend the selection between members. A modern-day fashion fairy godmother, YEECHOO has changed the game by giving women the opportunity to make a statement and feel sensational without having to worry about wasted investments in dresses you buy and never wear again. Whilst sizes are often limited (expect more petite options), there are plenty of brands on offer. It’s like stealing clothes from your best friend’s cupboard, except your best friend is a haute couture powerhouse with endless racks of designer dresses.
YEECHOO, 128 Wellington Street, Central www.yeechoo.com
Online retailer Zalora is a Hong Kong favourite for good reason. With some of the most fashion-forward brands, affordable prices and easy shipping and return policies, it’s often our go-to for bags, watches and day dresses. But what you may not know is that the virtual wardrobe also offers up some of the most divine evening dresses! This is definitely an easy one-stop-shop for your next special occasion; from fun and flirty high-end designers to high street favourites, and everything in between. Zalora’s evening gown catalogue is a pleasant surprise and a welcome choice for the more trend-focused, budget-conscious shoppers in Hong Kong. Plus, the tock is changing constantly.
Zalora, Available online at www.zalora.com.hk
At ASOS, it’s easy to try the trends without breaking the bank. There are thousands of pieces to choose from, along with an extensive range of lingerie, swimwear, shoes, accessories, jewellery and cosmetics (just make sure you check the items carefully, as not everything can be shipped to HK), For dresses, there are petite, plus-size and maternity ranges. Check out the bridesmaid range for some reasonably-priced day to night dresses.
ASOS, Available online at www.asos.com/women
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The high-end designer store carries everything you need to feel fabulous. With one of the most expansive dress ranges in Hong Kong, this is a place you definitely want to check out before a special occasion. Every designer you can think of is docked at this department store – although your wallet might not thank you for it later! You’ll find edgy local designers, big global names and more.
Lane Crawford, Various locations within Hong Kong and available online at www.lanecrawford.com