made in hong kong

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 July, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 July, 1997, 12:00am

SICK of over-priced, impractical clothes that come in only microscopic sizes? Well, help is at hand from two enterprising women behind the new Hong Kong label, Tibi Hyland.

Founders Amy Smilovic and Octavia Hyland have created a capsule collection of bright and breezy fashion in 100 per cent cotton which they describe as 'a bridge between G2000 and Gucci'. A simple shift dress, skirt, mens' swimming trunks and soon-to-be-introduced cigarette pants come in 20 different fabric patterns, all with a decidedly resort feel. Prices range from $390 for the trunks to $1,000 for the summer dresses in sizes ranging up to an American size 12.

'We've heard from our customers that our clothes are great for walking around town in, for lunch in Stanley, a day on Lantau and a night out in Central,' said Smilovic. 'They never wrinkle, and they go great with sandals and tennis shoes, and can be worn with a T-shirt, polo or an old Oxford.' Tibi Hyland is now available from private fashion shows - the next show is on Friday. Call Tiby Hyland on 2814-9694 for invitations.

get shirty TO satify disappointed footie lovers who missed out on tickets for the forthcoming Manchester United vs South China game at the Hong Kong Stadium, Sporting House is selling the jerseys of some of the game's heroes The cotton jerseys bearing the club's Red Devils' motif are replicas of those worn by one-time stars such and Bobby Charlton (above), George Best and Nobby Stiles for Manchester United's 1968 European Cup.

The stag is there are only 300 available and the the reasonable price of $300 each they're bound to go quickly.

bizarre bazaar THE award for the naffest window display in Central has to go to Boutique Bazaar in The Landmark.

The display last week, featured mannequins wearing hot pink plastic boots and jackets covered in red teddy bears. Peer inside, and there's nothing but garish colours, wild prints and bad hairdos.

It all goes to prove that in the Boutique Bazaar scheme of things, the 1980s are not coming back - they never left.

band of gold CELEBRITY jockeys Eric Legrix and Sherie Kong are following in Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow's Hollywood footsteps - not by breaking up but by shopping at swanky French jewellers Van Cleef and Arpels for their baubles.

While Paltrow went for a marquise diamond engagement ring, Legrix and Kong (right) opted for slightly more low-key his-and-her gold wedding bands. Kong decided on a pave diamond ring, valued at $35,0000, while Legrix chose a simple 18-carat gold number priced at $8,000.

The rings were chosen, said a Van Cleef and Arpels spokeswoman, for their 'simplicity' and so the couple 'could leave them on even when they ride'. Let's hope they bring them more luck than Pitt and Paltrow.

variety show NOW we've entered a new era, Hong Kong party planners are apparently trying to be more experimental with their venues.

Event organisers hope that previously off-limit areas like office lobbies and public spaces can be used for future catwalk shows, exhibitions and cocktail receptions.

They are also hoping Government House will become available and provide an alternative to those five-star hotel function rooms.

Says event producer Alan Bailey: 'In London, Paris or New York we can use museums, art galleries, the tops of car parks and warehouses. I even did a show once in a London Underground station. But here, if we suggest something like that everyone turns around and says no.' Possible new venues include Joyce Cafe in Exchange Square (where a rumoured Hugo Boss show might take place later this year), the Fountainside in The Landmark, La Rose Noir in Pacific Place and even the lobby of Central Plaza on Harbour Road.

'I would love to get away from anything there is available at the moment,' said Bailey. He's not the only one.