THE Landmark's recent series of promotional fashion shows turned out to be quite a crowd-pleaser, with show organiser Alan Bailey turning the La Terrazza restaurant into a white-washed showcase, serving guests strawberry juice and finger food as they watched a meandering procession of models while passers-by leaned over the railings to get a glimpse. Joyce sent out a coterie of company employees and children in Russian-gypsy-type gear from Dries Van Noten. But I think we all could have done without the silver space-dress with black bra-strap from Dolce & Gabbana. It does, however, take all sorts: the piece de resistance at the Celine event was an alligator skin coat, priced at a whopping $168,000 - and that's without the mark-up, apparently. Still, Celine general manager Nicole Wang is convinced someone will snap it up. Bag this The J.P. Tod's carry-all has a minimum waiting list of three months everywhere - but that hasn't stopped the illustrious Italian company from opening 22 handbag boutiques throughout the US. Top stores Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue have all signed agreements to open exclusive stores. The first was inaugurated at Bergdorf's New York two weeks ago, at an event attended by Uma Thurman, Michael J. Fox, Elle MacPherson and Kevin Bacon. Er, question: if they can't make enough bags to meet demand, what are they going to put on the store shelves? (should be file pics and Tim has a press kit) Mini mercedes EVEN Mercedes-Benz is downsizing - in the fashion sense. As shoulder 'shrugs' barely covering the armpits have replaced cardigans, so the new Mercedes A-Class is a smidgen of the size of its hefty German ancestors. The new car, unveiled at the Donna Karan boutique (no, we don't get it either) earlier this week, is being billed as a 'real trendsetter'. Hopefully it will challenge the myth, so dearly held in this town, that size does matter. (with pic to Jane) Paris calling AFTER seasons of threatening to go to the Paris collections, Bessie Woo will 'definitely' be at next month's spring/summer '98 shows. Or so we are told. Bessie, daughter of shipping magnate Y.K. Pao and wife of Wharf's Peter Woo, is the closest thing Hong Kong has to 'royalty'. And, of course, she can expect the full VIP treatment in Paris. She will be staying at Le Bristol, the hotel which usually hosts supermodels and superstars, and designers have been alerted to her presence. The low-key Woo, a fan of French fashion, has requested that no fuss be made, but at least one lunch will be held in her honour, hosted by Lanvin's Angelina Bleach. Love nest Those planning to honeymoon, or just a saucy few days away, might do well to consider the 'love by design' packages at the Ritz-carlton in Bali. While we can do without the syrupy name, the honeymoon holidays include such sexy extras as a rose-petal bath, a trip to a secluded beach and a gourmet picnic at a private cove. They even throw in offerings to the gods. Guests have their own 'honeymoon consultant' to 'help select unforgettable celebrations of love' - and then presumably leave them alone to get on with it. Not bad for us US$168 (HK$1,300) a night for a deluxe oceanview room. For details, call (62) 361 0222 or email ritzbali dpf.mega.net.id. Quick and dry Stendhal has launched a new line of nail polish with one distinguishing feature: its fast-drying action. Over lunch at colourful psuedo-British eatery SoHo SoHo, we played with the nail polish (isn't that what all girls do?), slicking on a coat of an ivory shade. It dried while the waiter was clearing the table ... in less than 60 seconds. Very cool.