Bennifer’s Hideaway Wedding * More Hollywood Aisle-Walkers * Cocktails for Tiffany’s

Thespians — you can take them or leave them. It’s being treated as a state secret but as of Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez is feverishly working on the details of her on-again wedding to Ben Affleck. In deference to Ben’s wishes, it will be a simpler and much more low-key affair than the one she originally planned. As mapped out right now — and this could all change as it notoriously did this past September — the wedding and reception will be held at a seaside estate in California that is said to be impenetrable, ha ha.

This story first appeared in the November 12, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

This is all scheduled to happen sooner rather than later; the exact date is still being worked out but the rest of the plan — the decor, flowers, lighting, menu and guest list — are being set in stone as you read this. You may breathlessly recall Vera Wang designed two beautiful and wildly expensive dresses for the bride that she either did or did not, depending on whom you believe, toss into the fire in a moment of anguish when the wedding was first called off. Now maybe only Jennifer knows for sure what she’ll wear when she walks down the aisle; then again maybe she herself doesn’t even know yet. How’s that for a cliffhanger? Remember, these are showfolk.

Another underexposed couple, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, are also said to be in the throes of planning a quiet wedding and have even met with a party planner to nail down all the over-the-top details.

Maybe it’s the Kabbalah water they are all drinking because earlier this week Robert Downey Jr. declared that he’s engaged to his girlfriend of seven months, Susan Levin, the producer of his current movie “Gothika,” in which he co-stars with Halle Berry and Penélope Cruz. Let’s hope he’s serious because he’s just tattooed “Susie Q” on his arm and given her a “ring.” Robert gave a TV interview that will air Saturday in England saying, “I gave Susie an engagement ring. It’s not sized right, so right now it’s on her middle finger.” He went on to say that they have both fallen in love with England and are looking for a house by the sea. Isn’t it romantic?

Speaking of rings, Gwyneth Paltrow looking happy in a black strapless Valentino gown was wearing not one but two new rings: one with diamonds, the other a traditional plain band on her wedding finger at the London premiere of her movie “Sylvia.” When asked whether they indicated a serious change in her relationship with her rocker boyfriend Chris Martin, Gwynnie coyly replied, “They are friendship rings from Hawaii. It’s personal.” Some say they were secretly married in Hawaii last spring, but some will say anything. Chris, who was at the premiere, too, said, “There is no marriage happening in the near future.” Does that necessarily rule out the near past?

The fashion and social set, some of them glittering with jewels from Tiffany, met amongst the marbled splendors of the Frick Museum to celebrate the publication of John Loring’s — of the Tiffany Lorings — 15th picture book, “Tiffany in Fashion.” The book is a veritable fashion feast with two prefaces to the text, the first by the late empress of fashion Eleanor Lambert, and the second by the dean of American fashion designers James Galanos. Within are 280 of the most devastatingly glamorous fashion photographs ever snapped between 1933 and 2003. “Tiffany in Fashion” celebrates the history of American fashion photography, fashion design, fashion models and dazzling Tiffany jewels that accessorize the whole 70-year spectacular. Helping celebrate were three generations of supermodels, legendary beauties Carmen, Marisa Berenson and Shalom Harlow. The men behind the cameras that made these beauties famous were represented at the party by fashion photographers Hiro, Francesco Scavullo, Saul Leiter, Peter Beard, Eric Boman and Ryszard Horowitz; the men who dressed them were represented by James Galanos and Arnold Scaasi.

Not to be missed among the exquisite coterie is the ravishing picture on page 41 of the late C.Z. Guest at her most glorious wearing a Tiffany necklace by Schlumberger and a gray flannel dress and mink jacket by Mainbocher, who also designed the Duchess of Windsor’s wedding dress.

A standout at the Frick was Carroll Petrie wearing the knock-your-eyes-out multicolored sapphire and diamond “Jasmin” necklace pictured on the cover of “Tiffany in Fashion,” designed by Schlumberger. Among the bejeweled and befashioned crowd of hundreds who later adjourned to Park Avenue’s Union Club were Liz Fondaras, Jackie and Nicky Drexel, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Bob and Barbara Taylor Bradford, Jean Tailer, Fern Tailer, Ashton Hawkins, Paige Rense of the Architectural Digest Renses, Bea and Bob Guthrie, Anne Slater, Geraldine Stutz, Elsa Klensch, Donna Dixon, Maria Snyder, Yanna Avis, Arlette Brisson, Lee Thaw, Tiffany’s Fernanda Kellogg and the beaming author of the evening, John Loring. He had better beam. His collection of pictures of these legendary bejeweled beauties is the stuff dreams are made of. Included in the pages are socialite Kay Chaqueneaum, model Dianne de Witt, Consuelo Crespi, Louise Brooks, Russian princess Xenia who married the American tinplate heir Bill Leeds, the incandescent Janet Ryan once married to William Rhinelander Stewart, Dina Merrill, Elsa Perretti and Paloma Picasso, Tiffany’s beloved jewelry designers, Mona Williams, Dorothy Paley, Suzy Parker, Sophia Loren, Gloria Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, Jackie Kennedy, Jean Shrimpton, Lauren Hutton, Fiona Thyssen, Ira von Furstenberg on page 146 with a bare midriff — and heavens, this was 1968 — Raquel Welch, Candice Bergen, Iman, Kelly LeBrock, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Isabella Rossellini, Brooke Shields, Elle MacPherson, Christy Turlington, Kate Winslet and Kate Beckinsale. The book is not to be missed.

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Holiday Bazaar Preview Party will be held at Sotheby’s on Nov. 20. It will kick off with a reception at the home of Diana Quasha where guests will get a peek at the pillows and footstools designed by such worthies as Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Lisa Jackson, Richard Maishan, Mark Epstein, CeCe Cord and Jamie Drake all made from luxurious fabrics and fancy trimmings from Scalamandré. Among those expected to raise a glass to toast the bazaar are Toby Roosevelt, her sister Nancy Baker, Sunny Williams, as well as Jon Resselli, Nancy Wekselbaum of Gracious Homes and Julia Wallace, who are the event’s honorary co-chairmen. All this just in time for Christmas — let the countdown begin.

(In Friday’s column, read all about the fabulous party given by Jane and Peter Marino to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. It was a night to remember.)

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