Fashion people

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 September, 1999, 12:00am

All the Raj: Style pundits have decreed the Bohemian look - lush colours, rich textures and ethnic/gypsy influences - will prevail until spring 2000. So the timing is perfect for a forthcoming exhibition and sale of Indian jewellery, much of it with that must-have vintage-look. Surana Jewellers, based in the pretty city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, is holding the four-day event from September 17 at the Conrad Hotel. On show will be enamelled 'kundan' jewellery, from $5,000, and contemporary diamond pieces. For more information, contact Chandra Kothari, tel: 2523-7454.

Shoe business: During Hong Kong's boom days, Italian company Salvatore Ferragamo was selling 25,000 pairs of ladies' shoes here each season. Sales dropped dramatically when the economy slumped, but last season the company sold 20,000 pairs, indicating better times aren't too far away. Eileen Bygrave, who runs Imaginex which distributes Ferragamo here, says she is especially excited about the new Audrey shoe, inspired by the late Audrey Hepburn, for which 140 orders were placed in one week. With that to look forward to, shoe sales will be back to pre-recession figures in no time.

Visible panty lines: Undies specialist The Lingerie Cafe is hoping to create a sexy ambience at its first catwalk event. To be held on September 16 at the modernist Mezz restaurant in Prince's Building - tipped to become a popular party venue - the show is being organised by the Cafe's owner Amy Chong, who makes everyone want to rush out and buy a slip dress. The evening event will go from catwalk to cocktails and should be a fun, lively do, with the bikini-clad models adding a voyeuristic element.

Chong said the show will benefit the Hong Kong Cancer Fund - so send money to the charity instead of buying flowers to congratulate her.

Tea with Chloe: Tai-tais are tres excited about the forthcoming Chloe autumn/winter show, to be held over tea at the Conrad on September 14. As well as designer Stella McCartney's sinuous, sensuous dresses - which you have to be a size 0 to get into - drainpipe jeans (yes, we're back to those) with a sequinned tiger on the back pocket are tipped to be especially popular.

New York shows: The New York spring 2000 collections start showing today. A number of European designers have moved their catwalk events from London and Milan to the Big Apple this season. Among the defectors is Alexander McQueen, who is reportedly going to choose a hard-to-find venue for his late-night show - so what else is new? Bottega Veneta, Lawrence Steele and Paul Costello are also switching cities because they were frustrated by last season's debacle in Milan, where shows ran up to two hours late.