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A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 12:00am


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Pin-ups This season's most unlikely must-have: the ironic '80s pin. It appeared everywhere at the shows, from designers as diverse as Christian Dior and Martin Margiela, whose common motto seems to be:

why stop at one? We recommend these fun and affordable versions from Simply Art (G/F Arts Centre, Wan Chai), a new shop selling gifts and accessories such as beaded cage bags and straw totes. Shopowner Algae Au gave the pins a Hong Kong twist by incorporating local signs and wink-wink references. A steal at $15 each.

Hot, humid, polluted

Oil glands that go crazy in summer can lead to all sorts of unsightly, slick results. Which is where Lancaster's Skin Pure line comes in. Containing a patented Phlorolin complex, which regulates sebum using minerals and natural extracts, the range comprises cleansing, purifying and moisturising stages. New additions are the Matt T-zone Stick ($175), which can applied over or under make-up, and the Blemish Treatment Tinted Pencil ($110), which covers spots, purifies the skin and helps prevent further eruptions. Both are available from Lancaster counters at selected Watson's and Manning's shops.

Scent of a woman

Free-spirited, sexy, serene, spiritual ... fashion and cosmetics companies have always gone to great lengths to come up with characters for their fragrances with which they hope you'll identify.

But none has explored the psychology of a fragrance, tracing its identity from infancy to adulthood and beyond. Until now. The launch of Hermes' latest scent, Rouge Hermes, is accompanied by an exhibition by American artist Hilton McConnico that explores this idea metaphorically. In nine unique rooms McConnico traces the growth of a girl, defining the fragrance's complexities along the way. What do you end up with? A seductive, Oriental scent that starts with ylang-ylang and sweet rose, works its way to amber and vanilla and finishes with spices and myrrh. Get the perfume from Hermes boutiques for $1,000 (there is also a body line, lipstick and solid perfume) from May 18, or visit the exhibition from May 19-24 on the 14th floor of Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central. The opening hours are noon to 7pm.

Clean up your act

Elemis Day Spa (9/F Century Square, 1 D'Aguilar Street, Central, tel. 2521-6660) has two new treatments guaranteed to get you into shape, top-to-toe. The first is the Japanese Silk Booster facial ($800 for 75 minutes). Using natural silk protein compresses, it boosts radiance, detoxifies and brightens the skin. The other new entry, Fennel Cleansing Cellulite and Colon Therapy ($480 for 30 minutes), is a non-invasive alternative to colonic irrigation, cleansing the digestive system with massage, reflexology and a detoxifying, peel-off body mask. It is said to eliminate cellulite, although a course of eight treatments (costing $3,456) is recommended for best results (buy before the end of May and two additional treatments are free).