AN unlikely fashion item seems to have become a must-have here thanks to Duty Free Stores heiress Alexandra Von Furstenberg. The daughter of DFS founder, Robert Miller, has been singing the praises to her well-connected sisters and her friends of a polyester wrap dress - knee-length with collar and cuff - designed by her mother-in-law, Belgian born designer and society diva Diane Von Furstenberg. The dress - knee length with collar and cuff - is selling out in stores across America and last month, unbelievably, there was a run on the garment at New York's Saks Fifth Avenue store. Now the same thing has happened here, apprently thanks to Alexandra, who recently took up the mantle of creative director at the Von Furstenberg office. The frocks, designed in the 1970s, come in vivid prints, including an optical illusion version. In the US, they sell for about US$200 (HK$1,545). One Hong Kong woman asked a friend to send her one in 'any colour, any print, size six' by Federal Express, because the dresses are all sold out at Joyce on Nathan Road and Pacific Place. 'There's a beige one with a bamboo print that I want so badly,' wailed the woman. 'But I can't find it anywhere.' gown jewels ESCADA Couture's recent fashion show at the Grand Hyatt in aid of Caritas was a surprise. Gone were the garishly-coloured, overly-embroidered ballgowns of the '80s for which the label was once noted. Instead, sleek, sexy evening dresses perfectly set off US$30 million (HK$231.87 million) worth of jewellery from De Beers and antique pieces from Christie's. Louise Kou, Escada's managing director for Asia, paid for the girls to have dancing lessons in preparation for the event. They didn't just parade up and down but swirled around the dance floor. Company vice-chairman Massimo Suppancig flew in for the event but left midway through the pink grapefruit sorbet to catch a flight to Frankfurt. In top sartorial form was jeweller and Caritas fund-raising chairman Michelle Ong Cheung, who wore a rose-pink Chloe gown and a chunk of a brooch of engraved 18th-century jade she bought at an auction. mad as a hat-trick HONG KONG-based designer Barney Cheng hosted a dinner at the China Club recently for hat creator extraordinaire Philip Treacy - who showed up 90 minutes late with an entourage of four - and designer Lezley George. George, whose long tresses are dyed black, is going through her Addams Family phase at the moment, according to her assistant Darren. Drag queen and entertainer Greg Derham - more of a diva than your average tai-tai - bustled in after overseeing a party at the Grand Hyatt that had a Star Wars theme: Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, dry smoke, lots of props. 'How old was the birthday girl? Three?' I asked Derham. 'No, darling,' he replied. 'She turned 29.' memoires are made of this FRIENDS and clients turned out en masse recently to wish beauty specialist Frederique Deleage a happy anniversary on the sun-filled patio of her Wyndham Street salon and school. Guests included Allan and Charmaine Zeman, Andrew Bull and Dick Kaufman. Sixty people turned up, and were given copies of Deleage's book Les Memoires, released to coincide with the celebrations. Deleage, whose famous holistic treatments are booked up well in advance, said spas were the way of the future and that is the direction she's taking. She's now working on setting up spa facilities at hotels throughout Asia, after the success of her venture with the Crown CAsino in Melbourne which was launched earlier this year. wind-up merchants GERALD Genta, a brand usually associated with refined timepieces although it has done a Mickeu Mouse watch, has come up with a $29,000 Goofy watch. To quote from the PR blurb: 'Goofy wants to be your good-luck charm and he knows that seven is a lucky number. That's why a separate dial clearly displaying the date of the month is positioned at the 7 o'clock mark. Just for you!' Less of a strain on the wallet but not necessarily any more credible is a feathered contraption from Swatch, with a face the colour of egg yolk, a red strap and a detachable feather ring. The price tag, $600, is affordable enough, although Swatch warns there are 'only' 20,000 of this limited edition creation available. That's more than enough.