INTERNATIONAL glossies are feeling the lure of the East. Cosmopolitan will be liberating single Indian girls with a simultaneous launch in Delhi and Bombay in October. But Korea will be the first to attract the mag hags with the launch of Vogue Korea next month, quickly followed by Harper's Bazaar. A splashy launch party is planned for Vogue in Seoul on July 18. Supermodel Linda Evangelista will be the starring attraction and a large contingent from Calvin Klein Hong Kong is also expected. It seems that the magazine's editor, Lee Myung Hee, has picked an evening number from the Klein Collection to wear to the party. The ensemble, described as 'anything but black', is being flown in from New York. In true fashion editor style, Lee gets to keep it afterwards. haircuts and handbags THE new Jacques Dessange salon in Wyndham Street is getting the thumbs-up from all quarters with first-time visitors raving about the services there and promising to go back. And it seems to be selling as many handbags as haircuts; among the many accessories on offer alongside the beauty facilities is a range of neat and fashionable handbags - some with the now-overdone bamboo handle - which are being sold at a rate of five a day. Some are going for the same price as a manicure and pedicure combo. french polish ONE of the most stylish restaurants in Paris has closed its doors. Robuchon, where even name-dropping couldn't reduce the two-month waiting list for a table, has shut down for a face-lift to be revealed in the autumn. Located on the rue de Longchamp, the Gault Millau-rated restaurant is packed with fashion high-flyers during collection season. They need their expense accounts, though: dinner menus at the old Robuchon hovered at around FFr1,000 (HK$1,500) a head and it is unlikely that the new version will be any cheaper. But Paris' loss is Hong Kong's gain as Joel Robuchon's right-hand man and chef de cuisine, Alain Verzeroli, will be holding court at Restaurant Petrus in the Island Shangri-La from August. Hooking a hubbie IT HAS been described as a 'beribboned husband-catching primer', and it has nothing to do with lacy lingerie, stiletto sandals or aphrodisiacal perfumes. Instead, the accessory for the single 1990s woman, according to the New York media, is a little pink book called The Rules. Written by two (married) Jewish women, Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, the big-selling tiny tome is geared towards the typical female Manhattanite: assertive, the holder of a PhD, a chic Martini-drinker in therapy ... and looking for a husband. To remedy this situation, say the writers, simply follow the 35 rules and find eternal bliss in the arms of Mr Right. New York recently seemed full of women discussing The Rules on the subway and at dinner parties, and poring over its widely spaced contents at Starbucks and in Central Park. Followers are called 'Rules Girls' and men have been heard to implore: 'Don't do the rules, please don't do the rules!' But then, they probably would. haute carpets WITH Hong Kong fashion designers putting their names to everything from jewellery to dolls' dresses, it almost seems logical that Margaret Ha should be turning her talents to flooring. Ha, whose contemporary clothes are sold in Britain, Europe and Japan, has set up a custom-made designer rug and carpet service called Carpet Image. Ha and her team draw up designs to complement the homes or offices of clients, and the rugs are then hand-made using 100 per cent New Zealand wool. It's about the only thing going in couture carpets. mother and child reunion? TEN Hong Kong people have spent $265,000 each on a crystal sculpture designed to 'reflect the strong attachment and emotion that exists between mother and child, and, symbolically, between Hong Kong and China'. Shiatos, the local agent for pricy French crystal, Baccarat, commissioned Chinese sculptor Professor Pan Xirou of the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou to create a piece in Baccarat crystal to commemorate next year's handover. Pan came up with 'Back To Motherland', a tiny baby nestling in the arms of its mother. Only 30 sculptures have been produced, each one taking 120 hours to make. The idea, according to Pan, is to 'share the vision of a prosperous Hong Kong, reunited with China in the common pursuit of an even better tomorrow'. Hmm.