THE GATES OF the dynastic Harilela mansion in Kowloon Tong swung open for the clan's annual by-invitation-only pre-Christmas bash. About 200 guests mingled in the Mughul room, function room and Japanese garden while indulging in a feast prepared by chefs from Gaylord and Loong Yuen restaurants - co-owned by the Harilela group - in the family's huge in-house kitchens. Prominent faces among the well-heeled revellers were Kim Robinson - lord of folly and follicles - who was seen canoodling with Chanel's Mabel Au-Yeung. Cable TV's Sharon Cheung, one of Hong Kong's most recognisable and glamorous reporters, challenged the imperial decree of the colour-themed invitation (men in black, women in red) by stepping out in a black evening dress festooned with pink flora. Another non-conforming invitee was Kam Kwok-leung, who appeared in a metallic, cleavage-baring, lace-brocaded, navy blue creation - desperately trying to preserve his Best Dressed Hong Kong Personality 2002 reputation. Perveen Crawford detached herself from sister Nasreen Ting long enough to pose with David Harilela (who did a funky jig on the dance floor later) and Bobby Oberoi. Harry Hiranand enjoyed being sandwiched by the ladies in red - even if it was just for the picture.