drinking in the shows BOOZE and fashion go hand-in-hand at the European fashion shows, where Absolut vodka and Moet et Chandon champagne help numb the inter-show boredom. Absolut seems obsessed with fashion - in the past it has joined forces with Versace and Helmut Newton for two cool ad campaigns for Vogue. Now it has roped in designer Tom Ford and Gucci for sexy ads which will appear in the June issues of American and Italian Vogue, and the July issues of the Brazilian and British editions. Beads, feathers, bubbles, near-naked girls and lots of high-octane alcohol ... hey, everybody's happy.
copycat jeans RECOGNISE these? The highlight of Gucci's spring/summer collection were feathered, beaded and rhinestone-studded jeans loved by celebs like Madonna and Lauryn Hill. But if you can't afford the $30,000-plus price tag (and there's still a waiting list in Hong Kong), head over to Lane Crawford, where buyer Sarah Rutson-Pang has created her own version for just $2,800.
Rutson-Pang bought a load of 500 second-hand Levi's in Los Angeles, sourced the beads and feathers herself, and had a local clothes manufacturer make them up for her. There is already a waiting list for the jeans, which will be available in July. And when the look is over - by September, I reckon - the beads and feathers can be detached, leaving you with a pair of plain jeans.
studs u like HERE is something for the girlies: these Urban Decay Rocks (tiny Czech crystals) can used as studs on the forehead, nose, navel, hair, nails, ankles ... anywhere you fancy. They cost $125 and are pretty tacky, but teenage girls will love them.
it's the pits THE latest beauty craze among local tai-tais is laser armpit-hair removal. The new-ish treatment is available at the Bella salon, New World Tower, Central. The no-fuss, no-pain procedure is expensive at $6,000 a 15-minute session, and you need three sessions to banish underarm hair. Apparently, the service is increasingly popular among men who, for some inexplicable reason, also want to be fuzz-free. Take a tip from me, lads: use a razor.
menswear eclipsed THE menswear shows are currently underway in Florence, and will move on to Milan and Paris before the fashion pack segues into couture season, which starts July 15 in Paris. Menswear trends for spring/summer 2000 are predicted to be in keeping with this season: functional, utility-inspired street clothes with deluxe touches.
But the talk of the fashion circuit is the big Kenzo party scheduled for October 7. The massive bash, which will be held at an undisclosed location in Paris, is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kenzo. It will combine the designer's spring/summer ready-to-wear show with a retrospective of his wild, ethnic, ebullient designs. And given that Kenzo is part of the LVMH empire, you can bet it'll be a blowout. Can't wait.