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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 February, 1997, 12:00am

bare essentials HERE'S one fund-raising do charity committee ladies won't have to drag their hubbies to; the Crazy Horse French cabaret of ultra-leggy, near-naked dancers.

The cabaret comes to Hong Kong as the star attraction of a March 24 fund-raiser for the renovation of the Guimet Museum in Paris.

The black-tie bash at the Grand Hyatt hopes to make even more than the $2 million raised at last year's soiree for the French Asian Art Society, supervised by tycoon T. T. Tsui.

The plan, says Lanvin Far East executive vice-president Angelina Bleach, who is organising the event, is to serve a sumptuous dinner and then 'lock all the waiters outside the room, close the doors, and let the show begin.' It's going to be quite risque byt very tasteful,' Bleach says. 'And the girls are not naked. They do have little G-strings on.' Men can expect to fork out between $5,000 and $7,000 for the privilege of watching the show.

And speaking of Lanvin, the French fashion house is to organise a swish catwalk event here in late May. Four male supermodels and runway diva Karen Mulder are tipped to be coming to model the menswear and ladies evening wear which will be on show.

the heat's off MADCAP French designer Thierry Mugler has scrapped his planned April visit to Hong Kong. While his new boutique in Central will open as scheduled, Mugler says he has other more pressing fashion matters to deal with. However, he promises to be here 'in the fall'.

That takes some of the pressure off the folks at Lane Crawford, who were trying to figure out how to throw a bash to rival Mugler's show in Paris, which featured drag queens and Jerry Hall. Now, said a Lane Crawford spokesman, 'a little cocktail party will be just fine.' bowing out CECILIA Tsang, Hong Kong's most savvy, most efficient in-house fashion Pr, leaves Chanel after 12 years. Tsang will spend time playing with her dogs before weighing up her options. That leaves a prized fashion position up for grabs. But contenders be warned: Tsang is a seriously hard act to follow.

Also on the move, Elisabeth Cassegrain, boss of Asprey, leaves to set up her own fashion PR company and already has 'several major projects' underway.

fitting to a tee Golfers no longer have an excuse for wearing ugly clothes out on the course. German menswear design house Hugo Boss has joined Alfred Dunhill and Giorgio Armani to create a special golfwear collection.

The line will be launched in spring next year with an international campaign featuring top golfer Phil Mickelson.

In a particularly smart marketing move, the company has also signed a sponsorship contract with China's first professional golfer, Zhang Lian Wei. Zhang now figures on the Hugo Boss golfing team which includes the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer.

As of next year, the Chinese player, described as 'the epitome of the Chinese golfing idol', will be perfectly dressed for his game as well.

house party More proof that minimalism is in. Society types will step out at a champagne cocktail party this Thursday unveiling an exhibition of 'raw antiques'.

Described as 'the Jil Sander of antique furniture', Cat Street's China Art Gallery exhibition will feature pieces devoid of gloss, lacquer and colour.

Spokesman Debi Wish said, 'if Helmut Lang is the hottest name in fashion because he's so minimalist, then the same thing is happening in antiques and furniture.' road works IF it's true that cafe society is slowly burgeoning in Hong Kong, then Australian fashion label Country Road is doing right to exploit it.

This summer, the company calls its collection 'Espresso Dressing' and is pitching it as the sort of thing you wear when you want to sit around with friends downing endless cups of the stuff: stretchy pants, white linens and sheer skirts.

But people getting pretentious about their coffee-drinking habits should bear in mind the words of British actress Jennifer Saunders, erstwhile Ab Fab star, who said: 'Instant coffee is just old beans that have been cremated.' museum pieces FASHION exhibitions in museums have become very much a '90s kind of thing. Part of Paris' Louvre has been sectioned off for an acclaimed expo charting fashion through the ages, while similar things are being done at London's V&A and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This being Hong Kong, the trend has already caught on - though not with quite the same depth.

The Museum Annex in Exchange Square is holding something called 'The Lux Life' from February 24 to March 1, which will showcase a variety of cheongsams, evening gowns and wedding gowns.

Here's the catch: everything on display comes from couturier Barney Cheng, and thus serves to be more of a tribute to him than to fashion. Still, for those who want to study Cheng's acclaimed workmanship, it might be worth checking out.