Tan lines Where do I find bathing suits in winter? I'm going away on a romantic holiday for Lunar New Year, so I want to look sweet and sexy. Beach babe, Mid-Levels. The Dictator rules: Honey, is it sweet or sexy you're looking for? First you need to figure out what your budget is. If you're willing to splurge the task might be simpler. Many luxury brands have a between-season season featuring cruise or resort lines. Good places to look for resort-style summer items such as sexy bikinis, sandals and high-class sarongs are Celine (Shop G13, The Landmark, Central, tel: 2868-1686), Louis Vuitton (Shop 351A, Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2523-2915), and the more affordable Paule Ka (Shop 110, The Landmark, tel: 2868-2099). But if you're like most Hong Kong-dwellers and don't have a few thousand dollars to drop on a skimpy piece of swimwear, head to Royal Sporting House (Shop 617-621, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506-0112). Its styles may not be as au current as some, but if something basic is what you need then have a root around their racks. Several surfing and general water-sports shops have opened recently thanks to the growing popularity of pursuits such as wakeboarding. Island Wake (1/F, 3 Cannon Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2623-6123), Quicksilver/Roxy (2/F, 10 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, tel: 2836-6073) and Running Bare (Shop 1, G/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, tel: 2526-0620) always have a selection of bikinis and bathing suits from $400 to $1,000. Virtually broke I'm nearly penniless from spending most of my money on couture gowns, so a trip to Paris, Milan or New York for the runway shows is out of the question. Is there a way of viewing collections free? Kay Leung, SoHo. The Dictator: Ooh, how I love pooling fashion resources for the sake of a better-dressed populace! The internet is one of the best resources for free fashion coverage. True, there's nothing like slowly strutting to a front-row seat, but fashion sites almost always guarantee a front-row view of the collections. On line, you don't have to slink back to row four if Suzy Menkes has stolen your seat, and you can wear your fuzzy slippers instead of Manolos. One of the most comprehensive sites is www.style.com , put up by Conde Nast and linked to heavy-hitting publications W and American Vogue. It features daily reports on couture shows, ready-to-wear reviews, trend reports and catwalk visuals. See www.vogue.com for a list of regional Vogue sites from Japan to Britain. For a nominal fee, www.firstview.com offers sneak peeks of current men's and women's catwalk shows. Viewing previous collections is free, and videos and DVDs of most are available. Sending some serious fur flying, the Chic Happens gossip column at www.hintmag.com gives inflated-ego fashionistas a wicked dressing-down: crucial information for your next trip to the front row. A lot of pluck I have been hunting high and low for Tweezerman tweezers because I have heard they are all the rage. Where can I buy them? High brow, Kowloon Tong. The Dictator: Tweezerman products are distributed in Hong Kong by Zenith Cosmetics Trading Company (call 2543-3427 for a comprehensive listing of carriers). In Central you can find these terrific tweezers at beauty outlet Brilliant (Shop 1023, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2524-3576). For a wider selection down the street, check out Rainbow (next door to Lane Crawford on Queen's Road Central).