Classy touch

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 April, 1999, 12:00am

Big news in shoes and bags (see below) for autumn/winter 1999 is anything tactile and luxurious - pony hair, lizard skin, cashmere and fur. Some of those elements feature strongly in the newest collection from Tod's, the popular Milan accessories label. A team from Milan comes to the Pacific Place store on May 13 to unveil the autumn line: the now-iconic-driving sole shoes will next season be made from brightly coloured pony hair or given a retro 1970s slant. And the bag that the late Princess Diana made famous - a big leather holdall - will come in new materials such as purple suede. Fun also will be little lizard skin pouches and small bags made from crocodile. Hands-free bags in shapes reminiscent of mailmen's satchels are another addition to the line.

Expansion Celine opens a newer, bigger boutique at the Peninsula hotel next week, in line with the current movement towards expansion. The existing Celine store moves from the basement to the ground floor and is outfitted in keeping with the new image implemented by chief designer Michael Kors. The opening party, hosted by Celine general manager Nicole Wang, takes place on May 8.

Au naturel Fashionable still is anything on the natural healing front. In town now is Keith Gregory, a healer from Sedona, Arizona, who is holding workshops this weekend designed to reduce stress levels and balance the body. Gregory uses a method described as 'esoteric healing' - which he says is much better explained in person.