A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 March, 2002, 12:00am

Flower power

L'Occitane en Provence, the Gallic aromatherapy and skin-care company, has just come out with the definitive anti-ageing line: Immortelle. Using essential oils from the golden immortelle flower, the line fights free radicals, increases blood circulation and boosts cell renewal. It takes 3,000 immortelle flowers, which are harvested for only 15 days every year in the mountains of northwest Corsica, to fill a 30ml bottle of extract. The price of immortality: from $90 for dermatological soap to $350 for 30ml of extract. From L'Occitane locations (enquiries: 2868-0778).

Hermes arrival

Hong Kong has been chosen for the world's fourth Maison d'Hermes (House of Hermes) concept store, joining the Faubourg St-Honore flagship in Paris, the Madison Avenue location in New York and the recently-opened, Renzo Piano-designed 'glass lantern' in Ginza, Tokyo (below). The luxury house will expand its premises in Central's Galleria, having bought neighbouring boutiques Diva and Waterford/Wedgwood for $190 million. The 13,000-square-foot space, which will house a museum, is expected to open next year.

On the ball

Fashion and football might seem unlikely bedfellows, but with World Cup fever mounting it was only a matter of time before the big brands took to the pitch. First: Celine, which launches its 2002 collection next month. Comprising stitched-leather accessories, including a laced shoulder bag, a red-card holder (perfect for fashion infractions), a ball-shaped purse and football-boot-inspired shoes, the line is strictly for spectators. The matching sportswear collection includes miniskirts, short-shorts and striped legwarmers. From Celine boutiques (enquiries: 2968-1338).

Make-up believe

Makeup Your Mind (powerHouse Books), French make-up maestro Francois Nars' new volume, is helpful and hip. It features before-and-after pictures of established and idiosyncratic beauties such as Naomi Campbell, Eleonora Bose (above), Karen Elson, Devon Aoki and Erin O'Connor, all photographed and beautified by Nars himself. Acetate sheets overlay each picture, detailing what to apply and where. Check it out - if only to pick out the supermodels' imperfections; US$27.96 (HK$218) from Amazon.com.