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BY IAN MACKINNON

One woman's equality is another's poverty

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By tradition, in this final column of the year, I review the success of the predictions made by myself and three friends on the previous New Year's Eve. Stained with olive oil and cabernet sauvignon from the lengthy selection meeting, the list of guessesis locked in a filing cabinet on 1 January at the house of one of the other futurologists and released to me on the day that I write this piece.

The fastest track to success: If you can't make it writing, why not turn yourself into the story? asks Vicky Ward

WHAT was Anna Pasternak up to when she decided to write her extraordinary tale of the Princess of Wales's alleged affair with Captain James Hewitt? The obvious answer is that she was making a fortune: close friends say the deal amounted to pounds 1m. But there is another answer which is to do with the nature of modern journalism. At 27, Anna Pasternak was anxious to make an impact in her chosen career - to become one of those 'star' columnists, perhaps get invited on to a few television shows - and, in the 1990s, getting involved in a story of this sort is rapidly becoming almost the only route to success.

Fashion Update: Dress to aid Rwanda

You've seen The Dress. You've seen Elizabeth Hurley in The Dress and you've seen the high street knock-offs of The Dress. We are talking, of course, about the safety-pinned numero by Gianni Versace that has spawned imitations and raised quite a few eyebrows.

Fashion: Subtlety - forget it] - We've had the softly, softly. Here comes something more old-fashioned - the knock 'em sideways, leave 'em breathless is back, says Alison Veness

The look is as camp as Christmas, yet glorious for hot summer nights. Fashion's latest obsession with glamour means a couple of very good things, girls - the return of over-the-top evening wear and of men fawning at our feet. And, believe me, they will since you are shod in sky-high heels.

Fashion Update: Princely disdain

INCREDIBLE. There are some people in the world for whom a Versace fashion show is not quite the heavenly fashion moment it's cooked up to be.

Fashion Update: Grant gaffs

FASHION faux pas from the otherwise faultlessly polite actor Hugh Grant. 'Ciao Gianni,' he shouted cheerily to a stubble- faced Italian he took to be his host at Gianni Versace's post-show party. 'No. I'm Santo,' said Gianni's somewhat irked brother, the company's business brains. A clue for next time, Hugh - your host is the one who has just given his regal wave from the catwalk, and who is usually surrounded by a bevvy of catwalk goddesses. Santo, who always appears to be in the act of totalling up how much each fashion fest is costing, is the one with the frown. Oh, and Donatella is the one in the shortest skirt in the room.

What's more

Working Title, the producers of Four Weddings and a Funeral (dollars 80m and counting) are throwing a party. The invitations read: RSVP - just say 'I do'. On the back comes the instruction: Dress: Elizabeth Hurley . . .

A shadow between two mountains: Ruth Picardie on the new prominence of cleavage

BIG breasts, it has emerged this month, have become posh. First out of the dress were two belonging to actress Elizabeth Hurley - husky Home Counties girl and paramour of floppy-haired heart-throb Hugh Grant. Both were on display at the premiere of Grant's film Four Weddings and a Funeral, artfully decorated by Gianni Versace and a dozen over-sized safety pins.

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