Barney's fan More than a month has gone by since the Christmas and New Year festivities, but people are still talking about what Fanny Ma wore on December 31. The willowy socialite appointed Barney Cheng to make her a sexy, crystal-studded, full-length gown for the black-tie bash at the Grand Hyatt. About 160,000 Swarovski crystals weighing about 13kg were encrusted onto the dress, which featured a plunging neckline and low-cut back. Cheng also figured out a way for part of the dress to be detached so the ensemble could be worn as separates on another occasion. He's not revealing how much it cost, but said it worked out to be less expensive than a similar Dolce & Gabbana number, which had a six-figure price tag. Girl power The Boss man is going to have a female counterpart. The German-based menswear label - favoured by everyone from Silicon Valley billionaires to Hollywood studs - is bringing out a debut women's collection this season with new stores everywhere. Response has been good so far: customers are said to love the feminine styles, and are especially taking to the eveningwear. Since December, the company has opened Boss Woman boutiques in Singapore, Shenzhen, Seoul and Taipei; another is scheduled to open in Shanghai in March. And we hear that Joyce, the company behind Boss in Hong Kong, is looking for the right venue for a women's store here in time for the autumn/winter season. Fashion victim One of fashion's brightest lights hasn't had the best start to the year. Hussein Chalayan, the London-based Turkish designer who once made skirts that turned into tables, had to liquidate his firm recently. Chalayan's collections, available locally through I.T and, more recently, Lane Crawford, featured in some of the world's best stores, and the designer had also become the darling of the international fashion press. But all is not lost: reports say he is restructuring the business and will make his spring deliveries. He will be showing an autumn collection, and will come back stronger than ever. Top of the shops Elsewhere, it promises to be a great season. Joyce is bringing in some new names, including the avant-garde Brazilian label Icarus, Spanish make Sybilla and young fashion turk Jerome Dreyfuss. And watch out for the resurgence of Callaghan, Balenciaga and Paco Rabanne. Outside the Joyce stable, much fuss is being made of the relaunch of Yves Saint Laurent. It's getting a new store (in The Landmark), a new look and new blood - all under the direction of uber-designer Tom Ford. We smell a hit. Z Sport stop Paolo Zegna, CEO of Italian men's fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna, is coming to Hong Kong soon. He will whizz through the SAR to announce plans for Zegna Sport, a younger and more accessible line already unveiled by the label in Europe, the United States and China. The first Zegna Sport shop in Hong Kong will open in the next couple of months.