A user's guide to fashion

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 12:00am

Catwalk comeback New York, Milan, London, Paris ... Shanghai? After months of cancellations owing to Sars, the region's fashion circuit is starting to buzz again. Shanghai International Fashion Showcase, originally scheduled for April, will begin on October 25. Running for five days, it will feature shows by big brands including Ferragamo, Lanvin, Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Vivienne Tam and Aigner, with some of the designers in attendance (for more information, call 86 215 3862400).

Taking off for Bali today? The island's annual fashion week, postponed from May, has its opening ceremony today. Showcasing garments, textiles, jewellery and accessories from all over Indonesia, the event, which wraps up on Wednesday, was timed to commemorate last year's bombings. Security, we are assured, will be tight. Visit www.balifashion.com for updates.

Hairy tale Odile Gilbert, the celebrated hair 'sculptor' who has a thing for organic materials, from feathers and twigs to corals and far-flung muds, is the subject of Her Style (Steidl). A favourite of designers Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix, and photographers Herb Ritts and Ellen von Unwerth, Gilbert's book documents her striking, don't-try-this-at-home hairdos. It's yours for US$47.60 from Amazon.com.

Impulsive smile After the rush of an impulse purchase, what are we left with, really? Thanks to Agnes b.'s latest accessories line, a smile, one hopes. The feel-good collection, which comprises silver charms, rings and bracelets bearing the words 'Give love' and 'Smile', are great gifts for friends who are feeling down. At $690 each they cost less than a trip to the spa, contain fewer calories than chocolate and are available at Agnes b. boutiques.

Lofty ambition

'My goal is really very simple: when a man looks at a woman wearing one of my dresses, I would like him basically to be saying to himself, 'I have to **** her.' I just think every woman deserves to be desired. Is that really asking too much?'

John Galliano in The New Yorker

Frilled to bits As much as we couldn't live without M&S, sensible panties and practical brassieres do not a sex goddess make. So for those extra-special occasions stop by Sensi (5/F, 26 Wellington Street, Central). This newly opened lingerie boutique specialises in Italian-made little nothings by Parah, and is a lot more affordable than La Perla (most bras range from $300 to $500).