A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 August, 2000, 12:00am

The b team Could this be the new cult trainer? Agnes b and sportswear label Le Coq Sportif have teamed up for a French tour-de-force with these nubuck and leather runners. Available in three colour combinations for men and women, they cost $680 from Agnes b shops.

Silk strands Hidden among the hawker stalls of Li Yuen market, Happy Shop (12 Li Yuen Street, Central) is the perfect place for that post-pashmina shopping spree. Stocking scarves from all over Asia, it's prices and selection are among the best in town. The Thai silk scarves, for example, are available in a zillion colours and graduated hues. The price: $45 for a small size, $70 for a shawl. Take your pick.

Close encounter From a small shop in East Hampton to a nationally respected spa and skincare brand in the United States, Naturopathica is now available in Asia at www.looks.com. The botanical skincare and aromatherapy line - created by Glenn Close's cousin, Barbara Close - is all natural. No synthetic radicals or artificial dyes and fragrances here. Instead, the line uses therapeutic essential oils and herbs grown on Close's farm in Virginia. Starter kits are available for women ($531) and men ($765).

Novelty acts Imported from Taiwan, using materials from the US and packaging from Japan, Bad Girl nail products are hard to pin down. There is 'Crack' (bottom), a range of polishes which crack into vein-like patterns once dry (apply an undercoat for an even spookier effect). Then there's every four-year-old's favourite - peel-off polish (below) - and the decidedly adult oil-blotting paper. The twist: it rolls out of a handy, plastic keychain dispenser. It's all in the name of fun, including the prices: $18-$25 from Mannings.