Elizabeth Hurley donned a dramatic, wide-brimmed, champagne-colored picture hat festooned with feathers and chiffon roses to go with her pink-and-tan Chanel suit — with its white lace cuffs and flounces — to wear to the wedding of Zoe Appleyard, the London investment banker, and Sven Ley, the heir to the Escada fashion empire, at Austria’s Salzburg Cathedral. Naturally, she was impossible to miss.
Her adorable two-year-old son, Damian, was a pageboy in a hunter green, velvet jacket and white knickers, and completing the picture was Hurley’s fiancé, Arun Nayar, who traded in his usual Nehru jacket for a morning suit. Among the 500 guests at the weeklong affair were Princess Caroline of Monaco and her husband, Prince Ernst of Austria; Gunilla Bismarck, and tennis ace Boris Becker. Gone are the days when Hurley shocked the crowd at the 1998 wedding of her friends, Henry Dent-Brocklehurst and Lili Maltese, wearing a red dress so scanty you could see her leopard-print underwear. Oh, my goodness.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bündchen seem to be more in love than ever and one hears they are looking for a love nest in the hills of Beverly Hills. They’ve also visited a jewelry store to check out sparkling baubles and their friends say they’re still planning a late-summer or fall wedding in São Paulo, Brazil, where the supermodel’s five sisters — Patricia, Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela and Rafaela — are looking around for just the right spot for the deed to be done. As ever, time will tell.
Johnny Depp and his longtime girlfriend, the French actress, Vanessa Paradis, already have two children: a girl and a boy, ages 4 and 2. But John Boy claims he would like to have more — as many as 100, if she’d let him. I hope he’s kidding and that she doesn’t have to run for her life. Why, the sweet things aren’t even married.
Have you heard that striking Princess Elizabeth of what was formerly Yugoslavia is going to run for president of her country? It’s a rumor, of course, but Elizabeth, so well known in New York social circles, wouldn’t mind a bit if someone put her name up.
In Washington, the Sackler & Freer Galleries dinner party is always a glamorous night, whether full moon or monsoon, so the big rain this year didn’t dampen too many high spirits at its three-part gala. Inmaculada de Habsburgo-Lorena flew in from Spain straight to the cocktail reception at the Sackler, where guests got a preview of the anticipated exhibition of “Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain,” the finest collection of decorative arts from Islamic Spain in the Americas. Ann Nitze, the vice chairman, wore her Moroccan ruby red caftan over Mary McFadden’s white pantaloons. Then, at dinner across the courtyard at the Freer, Mrs. Henry Clay Frick II wore an antique Chinese peach robe with multicolored embroidery over a beaded Valentino while viewing the recently excavated “Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries,” an extraordinary exhibition of 35 sixth-century Chinese Buddhist statues that were accidentally unearthed in 1996. It is one of the most significant archeological finds of the 20th century, on a par with the First Emperor’s terra-cotta soldiers. Remember this intellectual tidbit, which you should have ready to roll off your lips when the occasion arises.
Did you know that Queen Noor of Jordan, wearing an elegant caftan made by Jordanians in Jordan, was the highlight of the fund-raising evening at the St. Regis given by the U.S. Committee for United World Colleges? Well, she was. The handsomest of princes, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, was the chairman of the party, and the lovely Samantha Boardman of the local social set was seated at his left. Also on hand was the formidable philanthropist Phyllis Rothschild Farley, of the big brain and the big heart; Nancy Biddle; Gillian Spreckels Fuller; Barbara de Portago, and Gale and Shelby Davis, who have given $43 million to United World Colleges. Tom Quick flew in from Palm Beach to escort the equally lovely Pauline Pitt, mother of the lovely Samantha Boardman, to cocktails before going on to the Boys Club of New York’s Spring Dance. La!
Dr. Leon Root, the noted orthopedic surgeon at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, is the author of a new book that every woman, young and old, who cares about her health and happiness should read. It bears the provocative title, “Beautiful Bones, No Hormones,” and the purpose behind it is to help women — and men, too — prevent and defeat osteoporosis. It also tells them what to eat and how to exercise to keep bones strong, and henceforth, beautiful. Dr. Root makes it clear that you are what you eat and provides dieting secrets that can change your life. The book is as easy to read as a novel and makes the case that hormones, as the most recent medical studies have provided, are not the answer. Dr. Root was the main man at Lauren and John Veronis’ dinner — you know that Lauren — and she had a special menu printed for the occasion, guaranteed to shoot your calcium sky high: spring vegetables and quail-egg salad; hormone-free lamb for big, beautiful bones; root vegetables (get it?); sauteed spinach; pommes souffles (how did they get in there?), and calcium-boosting creamy cheesecake with blueberries. Dr. Root was thrilled.
Among those eating healthily were Punch Sulzberger and the charming Mrs. Sulzberger; the Jim Hoges; Hilary Geary and her man-of-steel-and-textiles, Wilbur Ross; the Edgar Bronfmans Sr.; Mila Mulroney, who had just received an honorary degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and, of course, the author’s wife, Paula Root, whose bones are just as beautiful as the rest of her.
The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will present its Awards for Excellence on May 18 to three outstanding New Yorkers: Dr. Richard J. O’Reilly, for excellence in medicine; Sidney Kimmel, for excellence in corporate leadership, and Joy Ruane, for excellence in philanthropy. They will be presented with engraved silver salvers from Asprey at a black-tie dinner and dance at the Plaza. The co-chairmen of the evening are Karen May and Kitty Sherrill.
Jackie Rogers, one of Chanel’s most famous models when Coco in the flesh was running fashion, is opening her East Hampton shop over Memorial Day. Her other new shop, on Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets, opened just the other day and already the ladies she dresses in New York, Palm Beach and Southampton are popping in. You can see her beautiful organza creations on such as Christine Baranski, Patricia Patterson, Ann Rapp and Yanna Avis. Jackie makes the sexy, slinky things Yanna wears when she sings her sultry songs in this and that fashionable cabaret. Pia Lindstrom was at the New York opening along with Count Ludwig Salm, the grandson of the late Millicent Rogers, the stunning Standard Oil heiress who was a fashion legend and dolled herself up gloriously like no other women of her time and even made her own jewelry.