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Lifestyle 29 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Best of the rest

IT IS by no accident that Korean designers should kick off the Hong Kong Fashion Week and World Boutique event, as it is one of the goals of the organiser Hong Kong Trade Development Council to promote Asian designers to global media and buyers.

Lifestyle 30 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

What the Goat may bring

The Water Goat waits in the wings, ready to take over the reins from an energetic Horse on Feb 1. Will the artistic and peace-loving Goat usher in a gentler pace and mellower year, giving us time to recover from the rough ride of the Water Horse, also known as the Warrior Horse in the East?

Lifestyle 01 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Cheongsam, the long and short of it

The cheongsam has it origins in the clothing of Manchu women of the Qing Dynasty. A nip here and a tuck there, and the cheongsam as we know it was born. Long sleeves were shortened considerably, the slit on the skirt was slashed higher, and while the cleavage is still hidden, the tight outline of the bust, waist and hip tantalised the imagination.

Lifestyle 05 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

A splash of daring

TAKE the Nyonya kebaya. Add dashes of Western influences like Gothic and punk, and you have designer Carven Ong's idea of pushing back the borders of a traditional dress #8211; and for a good cause too.

Lifestyle 07 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Sleeping giant awakes

WHEN Emile Heskey headed that dramatic equaliser against Arsenal last Wednesday, the forward affectionately called a #8220;sleeping giant#8221; by his Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier, seemed to have awoken in spectacular fashion.

Lifestyle 08 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Keeping up with Kam

Like everyone on the Best Dressed list, Kam swears he dresses to please himself. The first time he made it on the Hong Kong Fashion Designers#8217; list was in 1993.

Lifestyle 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

What makes a Big Chief?

0ne of the main attractions of the Forest Horse Riding Park is the man who runs the place. Big Chief decided to devote his life to horses after an unusual episode.

Lifestyle 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Tattling about the British

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Lifestyle 09 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

The new fabric: fur

For the longest time, it has been unfashionable to wear fur, simply because killing animals in the name of style was not the done thing. So instead of wrapping themselves in mink, debutantes wore I>faux/Ifur - nowhere as luxurious as the genuine article, but certainly more ethical. Recently, however, real fur has been quietly creeping back into designer wardrobes thanks to an increased amount of celebrity approval and a concerted effort by designers to make the fabric lighter and trendier, reports JESSICA MICHAULT.

Lifestyle 10 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Going for the golden numbers

Your car registration plate is not just to identify your vehicle. It can also be an amulet, a connotation of yourself or the ticket to a parking spot in front of a swanky hotel. I>StarTwo/Iinvestigates that Malaysian obsession with letters and numbers on cars.