Could you recommend some interesting fashion-oriented DVDs that I could give my stylish best friend? (She already has all the books on the topic.) Slipped Discs, Ap Lei Chau The Dictator rules: ALL the books? Really? According to amazon.com, that's 5,323 books. I hope you're planning in advance, because you'll need to order most of them through Amazon or a store such as HMV (1/F, Central Building, 1 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2739 0268) and they will cost a pretty penny. Focus on documentaries about her favourites, such as Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times or Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light. For something wittier, try director Douglas Keeve's Unzipped and keep an eye out for Seamless, his 2005 release about the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award. To impress, get the cult classic Grey Gardens, which has inspired designers, musicians and artists since its 1975 release. If you'd prefer to give a movie, step away from Robert Altman's Pret-A-Porter and buy a classic such as Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. I hear there's a place that sells French Sole shoes for less than the department stores. I'd love to buy a pair. Could you tell me where I can find them? Sole Searcher, Repulse Bay The Dictator: Aw, can't keep up with your wealthier tai-tai friends? I'll only tell if you can first explain why you need these ballet flats in particular (hint: www.frenchsole.com ). Is it that, unlike other fashion ballerinas, these drawstrings can be adjusted (great for swelling feet on expectant mothers)? Could it be designer Jane Winkworth's vast array of colour choices? Or is it the novelty of wearing shoes that are not assigned to the left or the right, but mould to the wearer's foot? Go to Ladyplace (unit A, 1/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, tel: 2854 2321; e-mail: info@lady place.com). The classic French Sole low-cut ballet flats start at $711 (down from $790). In department stores, they sell for from $790 to $990, and a bit more for the fancier versions. Save time by checking out www.lady place.com. The shop, which also sells second-hand brand-name fashions, is meticulous about posting its full stock online. Looking at the Neutrogena website recently, I discovered the skin-care brand had an acne mark fading product, I've not been able to find it anywhere in Hong Kong. Can you tell me who stocks it? On the Spot, Quarry Bay The Dictator: Here's some advice: be specific! If I knew which of the hundreds of Neutrogena products you were talking about, I could advise you on a lot more. I can only guess you're looking for Neutrogena's Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel. Too bad the Advanced Solutions line is not sold in Hong Kong. A spokesperson from the brand's parent company, Johnson & Johnson, says it is waiting to see if there's a demand here. Ask your dermatologist (yes, you should have one) for good alternatives with the same ingredients, such as salicylic acid. If you really must have it, order it online from drugstore.com ($105.20, not including shipping).