WHAT'S the latest apparel line to catch the fancy of local celebrities? Not Armani or Yamamoto or any of the high fashion labels . . . it's the popular casual wear label Abercrombie & Fitch from the United States. Those who watched the Hong Kong Film Awards recently would probably have noticed game show host Eric Tsang Chi-wai arriving in an A&F sports jersey before changing to his formal suit. The latest A&F convert is heart-throb Leon Lai Ming who was 'introduced' to the line while he was filming a commercial in San Francisco. Not only has he stuffed his wardrobe with A&F casual wear, he has also bought a heap of the clothes for close friends. One of those benefiting from this spate of generosity is apparently pouty actress Shu Qi. Shu and Lai were spotted dining at a Japanese yakitori restaurant in Happy Valley last week wearing matching A&F apparel. The two were earlier rumoured to have broken off their underground romance but the new sighting has refuelled the talk that the relationship is not dead after all. Considering that Abercrombie & Fitch clothes are available in Hong Kong only through mail order, two people wearing A&F outfits in the same place and at the same time is too much of a coincidence for gossip mongers. Talking about Shu Qi, the actress can well afford to buy her own wardrobe with the kind of money she has just pulled in from starring in a new commercial. A row between hot young actress Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi and her manager Chu Wing-lung has resulted in Cheung being dropped from two new Lux soap commercials because the client did not want to be drawn into any legal proceedings between her and her manager. They instead decided to offer one of the commercials to Shu and the other to Athena Chu Yan, even though it meant they probably had to pay a lot more. Cheung was hired to make both commercials for $2 million, Shu is now apparently charging $2.5 million for just one of the commercials (it is not known how much Chu is charging for hers) and that can probably buy her lots of Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirts! Flashpoint for divas IS there more than a little friendly competition between newcomers Joey Yung Jo-yee and Siu Suet? Comparisons between the two female singers are said to have hit a raw nerve with Yung's record company people who are trying to prevent the pair being photographed together. Last week, both turned up at TVB's TV City in Clearwater Bay for a filming session, at which eager photographers asked for the two to pose together for a picture. Yung's record company minders quickly stepped in and put a stop to their plans. Neither of the singing stars was within earshot when the discussion between their helpers and the media pack was taking place, but both were visibly embarrassed when they were told what had been going on. The situation probably arose because Siu Suet's record label had earlier revealed it intended to pitch its promising newcomer against Yung. She later said the situation wasn't what it seemed and that her recording company had wanted her to finish signing autographs for fans before any photo-call. Shrine to Teng IT has been five years since Taiwanese songbird Teresa Teng Lijun died unexpectedly in Bangkok from an asthma attack but her fans have not forgotten her. Fans from all over Asia made their annual pilgrimage to Taipei on May 8 to lay flowers at her grave, some even bringing her favourite food. The fans will soon have another place to make a pilgrimage as the singer's former Hong Kong home in Stanley is about to open for public visits. The Stanley house was in a state of disrepair until Teng's brother spent $1 million of the money she left behind to do up the estate. One of the rooms has been turned into an exhibition hall that will house the late singer's stage costumes and photographs. Renovations have taken almost four months and the house is due to open officially with a brief ceremony on May 21. Those who wish to visit will have to book first but no announcements have been made yet as to where they should call. Game scores a first TVB'S On The Threshold Of An Era (TVB Jade, 9.30pm) is doing so well in the ratings that they have pushed out a new computer game based on the characters in the series. The game, developed by a Sha Tin-based software company, revolves around 16 versions of the main character in the series. The game developers say it is the first time they have produced a game based on a television series, but they are already in discussions for another game based on the series War Of The Genders (TVB Jade, 10.20pm), which stars Do Do Cheng and Dayo Wong.