With this end in mind, I threw myself into the more-than-capable hands of fashion guru Eve Roth Lindsay, managing director of Savvy Style, Colour Me Beautiful HK, for answers to questions that self-respecting; oval-ball sports watching guys just never get around to asking each other. You know the ones – why is spandex OK for Hulk Hogan but not for me? And other tough questions like that. I showed up at the studio for a Men’s Platinum Image Consultation ($3,000 for two hours) and demanded a miracle.
We started with a full colour analysis. This involved using a range of fabric swatches to determine the colours that complement my skin tone, and eye and hair colour. It turns out that I need to wear strong, deep colours because I’m ‘deep’ like Banderas! Woo-hoo! I breathed a quiet sign of relief that I wasn’t ‘cool’ like Gere. I’m referring to Antonio and Richard… c’mon guys; this one is a no-brainer!
When my head returned to its normal size we moved on to the next stage, the in-depth style consultation. Here, we built on the colour analysis and discussed how to dress successfully for my body shape (rectangle), scale (average) and proportions (long body, short legs), while taking into consideration my style personality (natural).
With my fashion comfort zone now well and truly stretched, we talked about degrees of formality when dressing, wardrobe auditing, assessing and planning, and most importantly, how not to become one of those crazy old guys who believes that a mullet is the height of fashion. We discussed fabrics, patterns, combinations, accessories and skin care. She gave me the book, the coloured swatches, the know-how and the contract details of a couple of mighty fine tailors. She also gave me enthusiasm, a newfound confidence and a new, better way of looking at myself. Miracle delivered.
Working with Eve was the easiest thing in the world. She’s interesting, smart, and as funny as a tai-tai trying to pull off Italian chic. And as you would expect, she also does a brilliant job of turning toads into princes. So guys if you’re feeling a bit dated or if you just need something to give yourself a boost, go and have a chat to Eve. You’ll be glad that you did.