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Saudi Arabia is strictly Islamic. Women must wear robes and veils. So why has Harvey Nichols opened a store there? To cater for very rich, fashion-conscious princesses, of course

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COMING right up: New Year's Eve with a vengeance. New Year's Eve on steroids. The one-and-only, long-awaited Millennium. If you haven't already done your buying for the big occasion, put down that turkey sandwich and read on.

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Beautiful evening pieces don't come cheap, so this week we've gone, um, a little over budget (well it is the Millennium!). First things first. This season is about making an impact, so forget about black - this is the perfect opportunity to glitz it up in delicate, embellished fabrics and sexy silver, gold and gun-metals.

Fashion: Party pieces

Make sure you're right on time for the party of the millennium by combining elements from the past with fashion statements of the moment. A handful of vintage sequins here, some glitter prints and tiger stripes there, and add ruffles, diamante and a corsage for the full glorious effect

Fashion: Industrial strength

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The Weasel: Chocolate: sex education for grown-ups

In last week's issue of The New Yorker, an advert for a fancy new TV was headed "The male version of chocolate". A few pages on, another ad for ("sex education for grown-ups") showed a tasteful post-coital scene (a female foot in bed) accompanied by the quote, "That was better than chocolate". Crumbs! You'll understand why I hurtled pell- mell to the International Festival of Chocolate held in London last weekend.
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