A Place to watch

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 March, 1995, 12:00am

THE world of fashion will descend on Pacific Place on March 28. On that night, there will be a private showing of the Spring/Summer '95 collections. A total of 600 guests including fashion designers, retailers, models and celebrities have been invited. The gala reception and fashion show will be followed by a premiere of the new Robert Altman movie, Pret a Porter (ready to wear) at UA Queensway. We understand Pacific Place fought off tough competition from Lane Crawford, Elle and the Fashion Designers' Association to clinch the rights to the premiere. Adding glitter to the event is the fact that this is the first time in Hong Kong that fashion retailers such as Joyce, DKNY, Swank Inspiration, Hong Kong Seibu, Celine, Givenchy, Escada, Cerruti 1881 and YSL from Lane Crawford have come together in one fashion show. Following the launch, Pacific Place will host a week of fashion shows from March 30 to April 8 in Park Court. All will be open to the public.

FOLLOWING our piece about the 73-year-old marathon runner, triathlete and cageman, Yip Lun-ming, who needs cash to participate in the Veterans' World Championships in America, we are pleased to report a dramatic response from well-wishers. Among those contributing to the $16,000 needed are Freedom Products, a sports nutrition and beauty product company. The company's Richard Zi is offering Mr Yip $10,000 in products and cash. With luck, this will help the veteran runner win the gold medal he cherishes. Carole Day of the Ladies Road Runners Club, who coordinated fund-raising for the trip, commented, 'We're delighted. The response has just been incredible.' We promise to keep you informed of Mr Yip's results in the July event.

DELANEY'S bar in Wan Chai, which turned the concept of draught Guinness in Hong Kong into reality, has been so successful that a second venue opens privately tonight in Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui. Laura McAllister of Mad Dogs fame had better watch out. The Irish are here and they mean business! THE Kowloon Shangri-La is not just home to some of Hong Kong's best restaurants and rooms, it also has a heart of gold. Yesterday, 30 underprivileged children were treated to an afternoon of fine dining, games and quizzes at the Tsim Sha Tsui East venue. The event was held in conjunction with the Zonta Club of Hong Kong East, a service organisation made up of executive professional women who devote themselves to civil and social welfare.