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10 BEST WITH SEQUINS AND SPARKLE
10 BEST MODERN MILLENNIUM SILHOUETTES
10 BEST ELEGANT EVENING DRESSES
10 BEST WITH EMBROIDERY AND FRINGING
10 BEST FUTURISTIC FROCKS
1 Miss Selfridge
This Lurex, crocheted silver chain-mail number is unusual, eye-catching and affordable. How much: pounds 45. Stockists: Miss Selfridge branches nationwide (enq: 0800 915 9900).
2 Amaya Arzuaga
Put a twinkle in his eye and wear Amaya Arzuaga's black net, cap-sleeve dress with an unusual red spaghetti sequin detail. How much: pounds 180. Stockists: by Amaya Arzuaga at Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1 (enq: 0171-935 9393).
TopShop's white iridescent sequin dress would look great with a tan - but is really one only for the very brave. How much: pounds 40. Stockists: TopShop, Oxford Circus, London W1 (enq: 0171-636 7700).
4 Karen Millen
An aubergine bugle-beaded multi-strap dress from Karen Millen, with a clingy but flattering Lycra underslip. How much: pounds 110. Stockists: Karen Millen, 22-23 James Street, London WC2 (enq: 01622 664032).
Teamed with a pair of black kitten heels and a chignon, this black fitted shift dress, entirely covered in sequins, will look sensational. How much: pounds 50.
Stockists: Warehouse, 19-21 Argyll Street,
London W1 (enq: 0800 915 9902).
6 Nicole Farhi
Black plunge-neck evening dress with pink gem detail; very Bianca Jagger in its subtle sexiness. How much: pounds 499.
Stockists: Nicole Farhi, 158 New Bond Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-499 8368).
7 Helen David at English Eccentrics
Petrol-grey, beaded strapless evening gown, with built-in bustier for extra va-va-voom... How much: pounds 775.
Stockists: by Helen David at English Eccentrics
(enq: 0171-284 2525).
8 LK Bennett
A gold, low-cut, sequinned party dress that will definitely get you noticed. Just remember to avoid too much make-up - unless you want to look like a Disco Doll, of course.
How much: pounds 499.
Stockists: LK Bennett (enq: 0171-491 3005).
9 Ainhoa Alvarez
A tangerine and emerald-green mermaid dress by Alvarez, who recently won the coveted Salon Selectives award for Design, and is definitely a name to look out for. Put your orders in now. How much: to order. Stockists: by Ainhoa Alvarez (enq: 07971 828020).
10 Ben de Lisi
Black, jet-beaded, half-sleeve evening dress, suitable for an elegant and sophisticated occasion with elegant and sophisticated people. How much: pounds 1,100. Stockists: Ben de Lisi, 40 Elizabeth St, SW1 (enq: 0171-730 2994).
Camel tweed and yellow brocade bodice-back dress. The modern print adds a millennial twist to rather medieval silhouette. How much: pounds 450 to order. Stockists: Preen, 5 Portobello Green, London W10 (enq: 0181-968 1542).
12 Fake at Browns
A juxtaposition of fabrics - chocolate-brown wool and PVC - gives this long-sleeved stretch dress a quirky edge. How much: around pounds 390. Stockists: by Fake at Browns, 23-27 South Molton Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-514 0047).
A long, asymmetric, double-layered gown in cream velvet, perfect for floating around a castle or stately home. Even if your domicile is a little less highbrow, you should still be able to afford this. How much: pounds 54.99.
Stockists: H&M, 261-271 Regent Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-495 4003).
14 Owen Gaster
Though possibly the most beautiful dress on the list, Owen Gaster's black chiffon multi-pleat gown is also the trickiest to wear, as it is more a sculpture than a piece of clothing. How much: pounds 715.
Stockists: by Owen Gaster at Selfridges, Oxford St, W1 (enq: 0171-629 1234 ext 3881).
15 New Look
Black and red, double-layered, handkerchief-hem slip dress: subtly sexy and a snip at the price. How much: pounds 24.99. Stockists: New Look (enq: 0500 454094).
16 Amaya Arzuaga
A cream net, double-layered, strapless Lycra dress with a midnight-blue spaghetti sequin detail: a totally modern contrast of fabrics and textures. How much: pounds 180.
Stockists: by Amaya Arzuaga at Harrods, Knightsbridge, SW1 (enq: 0171- 935 9393).
17 Jean-Claude Jitrois
A sleeveless, black leather and Lycra polo-neck bell dress; heavy, so might stop you dancing all night. How much: pounds 2,350.
Stockists: Jean-Claude Jitrois, 6f Sloane Street, London SW1 (enq: 0171- 245 6300).
18 Meg Andrews at Whistles
Meg Andrews' entire collection has a strong modern theme, and this red cotton, high-collared dress shows that she has what it takes to shine in the new millennium. How much: pounds 98.
Stockists: by Meg Andrews at Whistles, 12 St Christophers Place, London W1 (enq: 0171-253 2529).
19 Karen Millen
Black and red geometric sequin-embroidered slip dress. These sequins subtly catch the light rather than reflect it, as they have been sewn on in reverse. How much: pounds 120.
Stockists: Karen Millen, 22-23 James Street, WC2 (enq: 01622 664032).
20 Press & Bastyan
For a truly modern approach to dressing, opt for Press & Bastyan's raspberry paisley slip dress with shoulder detail and satin underslip: for extra value for money, use the underslip as another dress. How much: pounds 95. Stockists: Press & Bastyan, 17 Neal Street, London WC2 (enq: 01622 763211). 21 Donna Karan
A ruby-red velvet sleeveless slash-neck dress: total luxury at an accessible price. How much: from pounds 400. Stockists: Donna Karan, 19 New Bond Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-495 3100).
22 Maria Grachvogel
A conservative, classic design, this champagne satin bias-cut evening gown is ideal for a chic soiree. How much: pounds 980. Stockists: by Maria Grachvogel from a selection at Liberty, 214 Regent Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-734 1234).
23 John Rocha
Truly a showpiece, with its intricate folding and shaping, this Mediterranean- blue velvet, bias-cut, ruched-hem dress is a real investment. How much: pounds 390.
Stockists: John Rocha, 60f Sloane Avenue, London SW3 (enq: 0171-838 0017).
If you're on a budget but don't want anyone to know, Warehouse's split- front shoulder-detail dress in a stunning cerise satin is the ideal solution. How much: pounds 60.
Stockists: Warehouse, 19-21 Argyll Street, London W1 (enq: 0800 915 9902).
25 Press & Bastyan
Storm-grey, empire-line, lace-trimmed dress with a black sequin embroidery detail. The silhouette and lace make the dress look vintage ... but without the moth holes. How much: pounds 150.
Stockists: Press & Bastyan, 17 Neal Street, London WC2 (enq: 01622 763211).
26 George at Asda
A leopard-print chiffon dress with reversible red lining: perfect if you are going to more than one bash on New Year's Eve and want two different looks for the price of one. How much: pounds 29.99.
Stockists: by George at Asda stores (enq: 0500 100055).
27 French Connection
This scarlet satin, fitted shift dress is chic, classy and beautifully cut - very Audrey Hepburn, in fact. How much: pounds 85.
Stockists: French Connection, 249 Regent Street, London W1 (enq: 0171- 399 7200).
28 Anne Storey
A simple shape, but the velvet fabric of this petrol-green, bias-cut, crossover-bust dress makes it excessively glamorous. How much: pounds 229. Stockists: by Anne Storey at Fenwicks, New Bond Street, W1 (enq: 0171-460 1268).
29 Miss Selfridge
Pink and black. double-layered, embroidered evening dress, perfect for New Year's Eve beach parties in balmy climes. How much: pounds 35. Stockists: Miss Selfridge (enq: 0800 915 9900).
30 George at Asda
Indisputedly chic and glamorous, a champagne silk, bias-cut, floor-length evening gown with a ruched bust. Probably the best value of all the dresses on the list. How much: pounds 34.99.
Stockists: by George at Asda (enq: 0500 100055).
31 Karen Millen
Tactile types should opt for Karen Millen's cream and gold embroidered dress with sensual feather trim. How much: around pounds 120. Stockists: Karen Millen, 22-23 James Street, London WC2 (enq: 01622 664032).
32 Amanda Wakeley
Simple but luxurious, this grape, beaded chiffon bias-cut evening dress is worth investing in. How much: pounds 1,177.
Stockists: Amanda Wakeley, 80 Fulham Road, London SW3 (enq: 0171-590 9105).
33 Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany
A metallic beaded and embroidered gown, which is beautifully fitted and finished, and particularly flattering. How much: pounds 859.
Stockists: Bellville Sassoon Lorcan Mullany, 18 Culford Gardens, London SW3 (enq: 0171-581 3500).
34 Salvatore Ferragamo
If you don't want to reveal too much flesh, Ferragamo's black knit long- sleeved dress with silver embroidered cuffs is ideal. How much: pounds 655.
Stockists: Salvatore Ferragamo, 24 Old Bond Street, London W1 (enq: 0171- 629 5007).
My personal favourite is this long, fuschia chiffon "twinkle" dress - guaranteed to make you feel like a star. How much: pounds 220.
Stockists: Whistles, 12 St Christophers Place, London W1 (enq: 0171-487 4484).
Shimmy all night long in Diva's black and silver Lurex, fringed-hem dress, which stretches in all the right places. How much: pounds 55.
Stockists: Diva (enq: 0171-323 4535).
37 Brach & Brach
Take centre stage in this white satin, high-collared sleeveless dress with black foliage embroidery. How much: pounds 470.
Stockists: Brach & Brach (enq: 01273 692017).
38 Helen David for English Eccentrics
This black floral-embroidered double-layered slip dress manages to be feminine without being too girly. How much: pounds 375.
Stockists: by Helen David for English Eccentrics (enq: 0171-284 2525).
Wear Episode's claret crushed-velvet slip dress with an embroidered bust detail and bring an air of opulence to your evening. How much: pounds 179.
Stockists: Episode, 172 Regent Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-589 4279). 40 George at Asda
You perhaps wouldn't expect a supermarket chain to be such a successful source of glamorous evening wear, but this is the George label's third showing on the list. And you certainly can't argue with the value: a sky- blue, two-tone organza shift dress with rose embroidery for less than pounds 30.
How much: pounds 29.99.
Stockists: by George at Asda stores ( enq: 0500 100055).
A silver, fitted slip dress with the added detail of transparent straps; the fabric looks like it has come straight out of NASA's research labs. How much: pounds 60.
Stockists: Oasis (enq: 01865 881986).
42 Gharani Strok at Matches
Gharani Strok's raspberry and silver taffeta two-tone shift, with a frayed hem and empire-line bust detail, has an iridescent sheen which should glimmer seductively in low lighting. How much: around pounds 215. Stockists: Gharani Strok at Matches, 13 Hill Street, Richmond, Surrey (enq: 0171-727 0007).
The creased hem effect won't wash out of Kookai's black stretch Lycra dress with crinkle insert. How much: pounds 75.
Stockists: Kookai (enq: 0171-937 4411).
44 Thierry Mugler Couture
Typical Mugler, in that it is guaranteed to make you the centre of attention. A silver, crystal-beaded fish-tail dress which is very heavy, very flamboyant - and very Ivana Trump, darling. How much: to order.
Stockists: Thierry Mugler Couture, 134 New Bond Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-629 7020).
The gem detail on this pink cotton slip dress has an intergalactic theme which is perfect for the millennium. How much: pounds 45.
Stockists: Warehouse, 19-21 Argyll Street, London W1 (enq: 0800 915 9902).
Strike a futuristic silhouette in H&M's black satin, gathered-hem dress, at a fantastically reasonable price. How much: pounds 44.99.
Stockists: H&M, 261-271 Regent Street, London W1 (enq: 0171-323 2211).
47 Red or Dead
In a lightweight but warm fabric, this grey, double-layered drawstring dress with a gold sequin detail would be ideal for an outdoor party. How much: pounds 89.
Stockists: Red or Dead (enq: 0114-273 7827).
48 Patrick Cox
Patrick Cox's white satin bustier dress is alive with intergalactic references: a silver strobe sequin detail, and host of star-like mini sequins. How much: pounds 400.
Stockists: Patrick Cox, 129 Sloane Street, SW1 (enq: 0171-730 8886).
Trekkies will find this blue Dr-Spock's-ear-sleeved dress the perfect little number in which to greet the year 2000. How much: pounds 30.
Stockists: TopShop, Oxford Circus, London W1 (enq: 0171-636 7700).
50 Miss Selfridge
This black, stretch, ruched-bust dress has multicoloured "cosmic" threading that changes colour in the light. How much: pounds 35. Stockists: Miss Selfridge (enq: 0800 915 9900).
Note: all details were correct at time of going to press, but readers should phone ahead to check prices and availability before setting out
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