A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 April, 2002, 12:00am

Flipping tech

Sensi, the Rolls-Royce of shower sandals, has just launched its latest collection. Available exclusively at Max Channel (2/F, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay; tel: 2991-4499), its piece de resistance - flip-flops with the words 'Who loves me, follow me' written backwards on the soles - is guaranteed to make an impression at the beach. Stock up for summer at $180 a pair. Also available is an assortment of slides, thongs and cross-strapped sandals in a variety of colours, all featuring the Italian brand's patented sole-drainage system.

Philosophical outlook

Philosophy, the esoterically orientated beauty range from the United States, doesn't employ unrealistic claims or pseudo-scientific jargon to entice you to use its products. Its hard sell is much more existential. The packaging of The Great Awakening, for example, features the following words of wisdom: 'Each morning as you step onto the great playing field of life, remember that today could be your last chance to bat. Will you throw the game? Will you give up? Will you blame others for your poor performance or will you play your heart out? Real players know that there are no second chances ... They always give it their best shot because they know the next shot may never come.' Confused? So were we until we tried the combination cleanser, exfoliator and lightener. Said to even out skin tone in sun-damaged and problem skin, this unisex product, which doubles as a shaving cream for men, should be used once to three times a week to achieve a clearer, brighter complexion. Unfortunately, figuring out how to use its three-step system - a combination of enzyme capsules, warm water, oxygen foam and a spatula - is not easy, but well worth the effort. Available for $550 from the Philosophy counters in Seibu, Pacific Place, and Windsor House, Causeway Bay.

Punk shop

Fans of Vivienne Westwood will be thrilled to learn the punk pioneer has just opened her first freestanding Hong Kong boutique at 55 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay. Wallpapered to look like a library, with wooden display cases and antique chairs, the shop stocks all Westwood's ranges, including Gold Label, Red Label, Vivienne Westwood Man and Anglomania. There is also a great selection of her accessories, from high-heeled shoes and bowling bags to orb brooches and pirate boots. The last, available in buckled brown or black suede, are this season's must-buy at $3,990.

Bags of tricks

Trust German-born, Belgium-based designer Bernhard Willhelm to come up with spring's cutest accessories. The 29-year-old has designed puppy-dog and teddy-bear bags for big boys and girls this season. Available in black, white and red, and in nylon or fake leather, they cost $1,690 each. From D-Mop, Kingston Street, Causeway Bay.