PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2006, 12:00am

City debut

French luxury jeweller Boucheron has opened its first boutique in Hong Kong. Spanning 1,200 sq ft, the boutique will stock the Parisian brand's jewellery and watches, ranging from luxury jewellery to the Bijoux collection, featuring rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Connaught Rd, Central, tel: 2147 9908

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Tippy in town

Stock up on bling before Christmas at a private trunk show featuring jewellery by Tippy & Matthew. Expect to find bracelets, rings and bangles decorated with coloured stones. Tomorrow from 11am to 7pm at Central Weddings and Occasions, the Landmark, Central. Inquiries: 2896 8666

On the ball

Forget rap stars - the latest face to become a spokesperson for Tommy Hilfiger is French soccer star Thierry Henry. According to WWD, Henry will feature in the men's formal wear and underwear advertising campaigns for spring and autumn 2007. 'He's got great personal style, he's a winner, he looks really cool in anything we put him in and [he] does casual really well,' says Hilfiger.

Mind the Gap

Her secret's out. Since her departure from Chloe, Phoebe Philo has been talking to retail giant Gap, according to WWD. The trade rag also hinted that a possible collaborative collection was in the offing with the US retail chain.

Growth factor Harvey Nichols has big plans for the next few years. An Indian store is in the works, along with outlets in Moscow, Beijing and Shanghai. The British department store chain is also expected to launch an online shop

next year.

Scent of a singer

Gwen Stefani (left) has signed a global licensing deal with Coty to develop and market a line of fragrances for her fashion label, L.A.M.B.

The scent will be launched next autumn.

Rumour has it

Prada boss Patrizio Bertelli is once again considering taking the company public. According to, the chief executive and husband of Miuccia Prada made the announcement a few days after selling a 5 per cent stake in the company to Italy's Banca Intesa for #67.4 million (HK$1 billion). As well as its 5 per cent stake, Intesa will lend Prada #135 million through a funding package with other banks.

In the jeans

For every purchase of HK$2,000 and over, customers can visit Levi's Styling Concepts booths for free hair, makeup and clothes styling advice from the likes of Japanese celebrity stylists Yohei Usami and Shino Suganuma. Available by appointment only until January 2 at Levi's, 26 Russell St, Causeway Bay, tel: 2575 1125 and at Levi's, G13-14 Miramar Shopping Centre, TST, tel: 2485 1661