British Vogue is already declaring the death of pashmina, while the Americans are still raving about the silk-mixed wool - turned into shawls, scarves and even bathrobes - that has become one of fashion's hottest commodities of the past couple of years.
So while the jury might be out in international quarters, the pashmina craze appears to be still alive and kicking in Hong Kong . . . one retailer sold about 200 pieces in one day last week.
Another opportunity to stock up on pashminas comes your way this Thursday to Saturday, at an event hosted by pashmina suppliers Pretty & Pink Ltd, to be held in room 2708 of the Furama Hotel. Apart from the usual lightweight shawls in summery shades, there will also be innovative embroideries on stoles and shawls, plus a range of new accessories.
For more information, call 2577 1919.
Herb haze French beauty brand L'Occitane, which is founded on all-natural products, has designated this the year of lavender - a flower known for its relaxing and soothing properties.
From September, L'Occitane shops in Hong Kong will be selling the fragrant Lavender Range (shown below) - all pure products including toning lotion, linen water, eye pillows and sachets of bath salts.
Exhibitions showcasing the effects of lavender will take place in Festival Walk from September 3 to 5, and at city'super in Times Square from September 7 to 20.
Bare need Another big summer hit has been Estee Lauder's new Bare Legs - a waterproof, stain-free foundation which gives a bronzed look to legs.
All Lauder counters in Hong Kong have completely sold out of the item, and the head office here continues to field calls from women seeking a tube or two.
The bad news is that Bare Legs is part of Lauder's special summer range, and stocks will not be replenished.