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Ashton’s Wandering Eye? * Mama Hurley * A Royal Halloween

Demi Moore might want to think about shortening the leash she has on her young hottie, Ashton Kutcher. This week he showed up at Cielo, the trendy downtown nightclub, with a group of actors from “That 70s Show,” but that’s not Demi’s problem. What her problem could be is the young pretty blonde that was all over Ashton. They made quite a display of themselves in a dark corner. Demi was nowhere in sight. Naturally, Ashton was instantly recognized no matter how far he kept pulling down his poorboy cap. When you think it over, if you’re going to fool around, don’t do it in a room filled with fashionistas and models, like, for instance, Karolina Kurkova and others of that persuasion.

This story first appeared in the October 31, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Elton John and his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their friendship Thursday in London by spending a quiet private evening together. It was another story entirely last Sunday when Elton gave a riotous lunch at Harry’s Bar to celebrate David’s 41st birthday. Harry’s closed up shop in honor of the occasion and Elton invited 60 of David’s friends to dip into mushroom risotto and sea bass as he led the throng in singing “Happy Birthday” while a towering vanilla cake was carried in. Among those raising their voices in song were Cornelia Guest, who flew in especially for the occasion wearing a beautifully cut Dior blazer and bringing shirts for the guest of honor; Hugh Grant; Lily Safra; Stephen Daldry, who directed “The Hours”; Dior’s Hedi Slimane; and Elle MacPherson and Arki Busson, very much together in spite of a recent teeny-weeny blip in their relationship. Beautiful Daphne Guinness was there too, along with Isabella Blow, Sally Green, who runs the Old Vic, Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, Susannah Constantine, who hosts the British TV show “What Not to Wear” and bespoke tailor Richard James, who makes suits for Elton, Hugh and David and others of that ilk and stripe.

The bar was piled high with presents for David, especially Elton’s: an important contemporary painting to go in their new flat, the latest Apple computer, and a platinum pavé diamond necklace and bracelet that Elton designed personally. The guests all took home Elton’s newest wickless candles, designed by Slatkin & Co. — just take the top off and the fragrance of Elton’s garden fills the room. Is that sweet?

Cornelia’s back in New York where she competed in the National Metropolitan Horse Show Thursday in a perfectly cut shadbelly made just for her by Mark Badgley and James Mischka. A shadbelly is a black jacket used for formal attire jumping events. But you knew that.

The mother of all stage mothers? Elizabeth Hurley is already training her 18-month-old son, Damian, to follow in her footsteps and become a star. She has enrolled the baby in singing classes near her country house in England. She has also enrolled herself in shooting classes —not to keep her boyfriend Arun Nayar in line when he complains about being called “Mr. Hurley,” but because she is organizing a shoot in the country for their friends and quite sensibly doesn’t want to shoot herself in the foot or other regions more important to her. There’s a joke in there somewhere.

On Monday night, the New York Public Library will host its so-important event of the year, a celebration of its Library Lions, those personages the Library deems worthy of deep respect, admiration and even — for heaven’s sake — adulation. This year’s lions are Billy Collins, Jim Dine, Audra McDonald and the one and only John Richardson. There will be cocktails first in Astor Hall and dinner afterwards in the Celeste Bartos Forum. Of course, it’s black tie. The honorary chairman of the evening is Brooke Astor and the benefit chairmen are such worthies as Lord and Lady Black, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Princess Firyal, Lionel Pincus, Veronica Hearst and Liz and Felix Rohatyn. Would it be redundant to mention the evening is “jet black tie?”

Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were the guests of honor at the Rainbow Room for the American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust where they chatted away with Princess Marina of Greece. They asked Marina what she was planning to do tonight. Halloween, you know. She said nothing special. So why, said the Kents, don’t we hang out together? We could go trick-or-treating at the Carlyle. Is that a hootie-hoot-hoot? Of course, they don’t have Halloween in England, but the Kents have or had children at Brown, and Michael and Marina of Greece’s daughter went to NYU, so they are aware of this peculiar night in America. In fact, there are few people anywhere who know more about Halloween than Princess Michael of Kent. Once upon a time at a New York dinner party, she expounded on its origins and history from religious rituals down to the last pumpkin in the patch. Not one American at the table could touch her.

John Demsey, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Natasha Richardson, Blaine Trump and Anna Wintour are inviting any number of very special people for cocktails and a very special photography auction at the Chelsea Art Museum on Nov. 18 in memory of the great photographer Herb Ritts. Please wear something festive because it’s going to be that kind of gathering.

Going to the highest bidder will be magnificent photographs by Irving Penn, Ellen von Unwerth, Helmut Newton, Matthew Rolston, Peter Lindbergh, Mark Seliger (if you want a portrait of Mick Jagger, looking a thousand years old) and Richard Gere (if you want a portrait of an Indian woman looking two thousand years old), Michael Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey and more more more, including Mario Testino’s dreamy shot of Princess Diana. The evening will benefit God’s Love We Deliver.

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