CATHERINE Todisco, who is in charge of developing new perfumes at Christian Dior, has just been in town to sing the praises of the latest baby, Dolce Vita. Todisco unveiled the scent in a bright yellow room at Dior's Hong Kong offices, surrounded by fresh flowers, fruit and dried spices. It was, typically, a bit of a theatrical production, but this level of drama has conveniently helped Dolce Vita become the top selling French fragrance in Europe. With a squillion-dollar marketing campaign to keep it company, similar sales are expected here ... feed your face THE pristine, Grecian-spa style poolside of the Mandarin Oriental was the venue for the launch of Guerlain's Hydrabella lotion. The sell, in a Body Shop kind of vein, was 'back to basics.' That, however, is where the similarity ends: Hydrabella moisturiser will cost you $310 for a small tube - but for that you get a formula packed with floral honey, six vitamins, camomile and glycolic acid. Good enough to eat. Still on the nature trail, Helena Rubenstein has unveiled Force C - intriguing little orange bottles packed with pure vitamin C. They look like energy drinks, but the contents are intended to be smeared on the complexion. The cost for a 40-day course is $410 but feedback has been positive...even if it's tempting just to try squeezing some Sunkist on your face. from frocks to the box THERE has been yet another casualty at the beleaguered Lane Crawford ... fashion retail expert Eileen Bygrave, who moved to Singapore in 1994 to run the store there, has handed in her resignation and leaves the company on March 18. In a somewhat unexpected career move, Bygrave has taken on an advisory role as executive producer with the Television Corporation of Singapore, where she is in the process of putting together a weekly prime-time fashion programme for the region. The show will be something of an Asian Clothes Show, akin to the hugely successful BBC series, and intends to showcase fashion events in the region as well as those on the international catwalks. It seems safe to assume that the internal turmoil at Lane Crawford will not be given too much airtime. London calling JOHN Rocha, the Hong Kong-born British designer who defected to the glitzy Paris runways in 1994, has opted to return to the London circuit. Rocha began showing his ready-to-wear collections in the French capital a couple of years ago, attracting criticism from other British designers who believed he should stay on homeground. Whether because of that or for other reasons, Rocha's latest collection will hit the runway during London Fashion Week. A spokeswoman for Rocha said London was still 'the core' of the designer's business and that it was a stronger base than the high-profile French collections where he drew less attention than the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano. Now all London needs to do is woo back Vivienne Westwood from Paris, where her shows have acquired something of a cult status. happy ever after? IF EUROPE's tabloid press is to be believed, the fairytale royal romances are already over for two Hong Kong girls who became princesses last year. Alexandra Manley, the girl from Discovery Bay who married Prince Joachim of Denmark, has had her not-so-lurid past dragged up by Scandinavian papers which also published Di-style pictures of her in a leotard. The most scandalous revelation so far is that she was more than friendly with Hong Kong health-club owner Eddie Phillips over a decade ago. Meanwhile, a Cyprus paper has apparently scooped the world with the story of an alleged rift in the marriage of Marie-Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece. The problem was reported to be so serious that the couple could be heading for a quickie divorce.