A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 12:00am

Magique moments

Make-up magician Laura Mercier, whose eponymous cosmetics line enhances the looks of such beauties as Sharon Stone, Susan Sarandon and, er, Sarah Jessica Parker, is launching her first fragrance for St Valentine's Day. L'Heure Magique, named after the hour before sunset during which photographers apparently take their best shots, is a sheer, oriental eau de parfum Mercier describes as 'clean and sensual at the same time'. Its top notes are pikake petals and bergamot, its middle notes white roses and pink geraniums, while its base tones are sandalwood, amber and cashmere musk. The bevelled-glass bottle was inspired by Mercier's extensive collection of vintage perfume bottles. Buy it for $515 from Laura Mercier counters in Lane Crawford, Queen's Road, Central, and all Joyce Beauty boutiques.

Barney Saturday

Hong Kong couturier Barney Cheng is one of the participants in this weekend's Designers' Saturday, which takes place in a number of venues across SoHo and Central this weekend as part of the CityFestival. Stop by at Cheng's atelier in Worldwide Commercial Building (12/F, 34 Wyndham Street) from 10am to 5pm to see how he came up with his spring/summer collection. It will be the first ever to be shown in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building, Central, the night before. The show is part of a gala evening and will feature jewels and timepieces by Harry Winston. For more information on Designers' Saturday visit www.designerssaturday.com.hk.

A cut above

To mark the opening of its first salon in the city, British hairdressing chain Tony & Guy (15 Wyndham Street, Central) provided 10 local snappers with an irresistable brief: take two gorgeous models, coiffed and coloured by its creative team, and shoot them in the Hong Kong landmark of their choice. The resulting black and white photographs will be unveiled at the salon's opening party on Tuesday when a winner will be selected by celebrity judges and British Consul General Sir James Hodge. Entrance is open to the public, but you'll have to book an appointment for one of Tony & Guy's signature cuts ($450-$850) and colours ($300-$1,800). For details, call 2801-7870.

Road worthy

Dunhill dives into new millennium with the relaunch of its Motorities collection for winter. Originally an 'automotive tailor' at the turn of the last century, Alfred Dunhill provided everything but the motor, from apparel and trunks to suitcases and rear-view mirrors. Now, the Motorities range has expanded to include anything with the 'notion of motion'. There are scuba suits, car coats and, most interestingly, a collection of 'convertibles' that, with the pull of a zipper and fastening of a few buttons, transform from raincoats and blousons into garment and gym bags complete with pockets for trainers and other necessities. Prices range from $3,295 for the blouson to $5,950 for a biker jacket.