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For three days it has rained every day and every night,” declared Lynn Wyatt. “Nobody has ever seen this for 25 years.”
Wyatt, the most popular Texan on the Riviera, was peering out of her villa on a cliff over the Mediterranean, and what she saw — heavy rain clouds — did not bode well for her annual dinner under the stars.
This story first appeared in the July 26, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
So, in breaking with her own decades-long tradition, she decided to hold the dinner inside. Muck and Corinne Flick, Dame Vivian Duffield and Sir Jocelyn Stevens, Roger Moore, Shirley Bassey and Nada Kirdar crowded around tables squeezed into every room.
“Good thing the theme is ‘Return to Romance,’” Wyatt said, with her unfailing good humor, “because we’re gonna be packed in like sardines.”
The theme was relatively low-key compared with last year’s Tropical Paradise bash. (“I look like a glass of lemonade,” was Wyatt’s accurate assessment of her citrus-toned couture confection last year.) This time, Wyatt wore an antique lace blouse and Ralph Lauren handkerchief skirt. But her most romantic gesture was to surround herself with princes —Albert of Monaco and Pierre d’Arenberg flanked her at the dinner table.
Still, her husband, Oscar Wyatt, had nothing to worry about. Although each table was named after a song that young lovers used to swoon to — “Let’s Fall in Love” and “I’ll Take Romance” — the hostess had reserved “Our Love Is Here to Stay” for her own table.
“Well, after 40 years of marriage — or however long it’s been,” she cooed, “it better be.””