PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 December, 1998, 12:00am

Shawl haul for Christmas wraps The last opportunity to pack in a few more Pashminas before Christmas comes today, at a one-day sale at the Marriott Hotel. Held by a company called F 'n R, the sale will include standard coloured Pashmina shawls as well as a new shaded variety and more avant-garde gilt-edged and thread-embroidered versions. For unabashed luxury, there are blanket-sized versions also. Prices start at around $500 for the neck-scarves. The sale runs from 10am to 6pm.

Otherwise, the people behind a Hong Kong-based company called Colour Wraps are taking the Pashmina craze one step further by fashioning the cashmere/silk fabric into cushions and throws. For information, call 9499-0191.

Catwalk moves International fashion bodies have announced dates for the forthcoming men's and women's autumn/winter 1999 collections - the last of this millennium. The men's shows kick off in Milan on January 5 and then move on to Paris, before segueing into women's haute couture (spring/summer 1999) on January 15. The women's pret-a-porter shows begin, for the first time, in New York on February 11, moving to London for February 20, followed by Milan and Paris. Organisers believe that moving the shows forward by a few weeks will be more efficient for retail buyers and the fashion media.

Shoe-in During the last round of international shows, the majority of fashion editors were spotted wearing the new Marc Jacobs shoes - slim, flat and with a pointy toe. The shoe has just become available in Hong Kong, through on pedder.

Louis Vuitton, for whom Jacobs now designs, has a similarly sought-after collection: most popular are the Babouche shoes, in an angular high feel or low, soft version. The Ocean Centre Vuitton store which stocks the new fashion footwear (pictured) sold about 25 pairs in the first few days of release at around $2,500.

New Lulu Popular Paris store LM Lulu has opened a second branch in Hong Kong, at the new shopping mall Festival Walk. LM Lulu has a strong following because of its emphasis on young French designers and accessible brands (Apostrophe, Morgan, Faconnable) and reasonable prices.