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Social Notes From All Over: Alors, great excitement in Paris, mes amis! Such goings-on this weekend! Monsieur and Madame Jean Arnault, Monsieur and Madame Bernard Arnault and Le Comte and La Comtesse Patrice de Maistre have sent out coveted invitations to the haute monde for the wedding of Mademoiselle Delphine Arnault. Mademoiselle Arnault, vous savez, is the delicious granddaughter of Jean Arnault, the divine daughter of the Bernard Arnaults (he is a towering figure in the fashion firmament owning such behemoths as Dior, Louis Vuitton and le bon dieu knows what else) and the future daughter-in-law of the Comte and Comtesse. Delphine is marrying Alessandro Vallarino Gancia Saturday afternoon at the Cathedral Saint-Jean Baptiste in the French town of Bazas. After the wedding is celebrated, Madame Bernard Arnault, the Comtesse de Maistre and Madame Hildburg Vallarino Gancia (she is the groom’s mother) will receive at cocktails and a seated dinner and dance at the famed Chateau d’ Yquem in Bazas, which Bernard Arnault owns, too.
On Sunday, Delphine and Alessandro will entertain the guests at a brunch at the Chateau d’ Yquem, after which those who are curious will go tripping through the great chateau’s celebrated wine cellars.
Mull this over and don’t let me know what you think: George Clooney has offered his dreamy Italian villa in Lake Como to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as an ideal site for their wedding. Supposedly, Angelina and Brad are talking about getting married early next year after Brad finishes his film about Jesse James in Canada and Angelina wraps up “The Good Shepherd,” which she is filming with Robert De Niro in New York.
It is expected that Julia Roberts and her husband, Danny Moder; Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, and the newly engaged Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso will be on the guest list, but not Angelina’s daddy, Jon Voight. They are still estranged, and as far as that goes, maybe forever more. Brad’s divorce from Jennifer Aniston becomes final in October and Angelina and Brad want to wait for a suitable time to pass so that their marriage won’t appear to be too rushed. That’s so nice of them, isn’t it?
Angelina recently met Brad’s parents and is said to have won them over despite their earlier doubts concerning Angelina’s marital record. Brad is said to be relieved his mother is no longer mad at him about the way things turned out with Jennifer. All’s well that ends well — or is it?
Hail Brittania! Prince Harry turned 21 Thursday and to mark the momentous occasion his father Prince Charles commissioned the famous photographer Mario Testino to take a series of portraits of his younger son. On top of this, The Royal Mint issued 10,000 copies of a special coin to celebrate Harry’s birthday featuring the jaunty prince wearing a green sweater and an open-necked shirt along with his coat of arms. Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth is on the reverse side of the coin.
Let’s hear it for Harry’s new leaf. Eschewing (love that word) late-night parties and pub crawls, he spent the day and night quietly with his classmates at Sandhurst, the royal military academy where he is in training. He says he would love to tell everyone how amazing his girlfriend Chelsy Davy is “but you know that is my private life and I am hugely protective of her.”
Last week Harry looked spiffy in his morning coat when he joined the rest of his immediate family for the wedding of his step-brother Tom Parker Bowles to fashion writer Sara Buys, where Tom’s mummy the Duchess of Cornwall, godfather Prince Charles and such commoners as Mick Jagger and Hugh Grant were in attendance. Sara wore a glorious cream-colored wedding gown by Alexander McQueen and when she came down the aisle everyone gasped. Ahhh!
After giving their decorators $4 million and three years to weave what they hoped would be magic, Kate Winslet, her director husband Sam Mendes and their two little children have finally moved into Westcote Manor, their eight-bedroom love nest in the Cotswolds. Among their neighbors are Elizabeth Hurley and Stella McCartney. Kate and Sam bought the ramshackle 14th-century house on 22 acres of land for $6 million. But until last weekend, they have had to make do in a tiny cottage next door. You will be thrilled to hear that there are oodles of closets for Kate’s clothes, her everyday gear, her glamorous gowns and her big shoes — she wears a size 11. Who else would tell you these things? Maybe the British tabs?
Oscar de la Renta, who is celebrating 40 years of designing fabulous frocks, is now gearing up and packing his trunks to take his show on the road. He will be flying off to Beverly Hills in October to cohost a fashion show and luncheon supporting the Revlon-UCLA Breast Center at a chic afternoon garden party for over 300 of Beverly Hills’ finest. It will be held at the sprawling estate of Colleen and Bradley Bell. Mr. de la Renta will be welcomed by a star-studded committee, and he and Saks Fifth Avenue are pulling out all the stops. The co-chairmen of show are Crystal Moffett Lourd and Stephanie Murray, and tip-toeing through the garden are such expected beauties as Jamie Tisch, Tory Burch, Eliza Reed Bolen, Alexandra von Furstenberg, and Courteney Cox. Since Oscar is the co-host, you may be wondering just who his co-host is. Well, it’s Jennifer Aniston. And Oscar has already personally selected one of the gems from his latest collection for darling Jennifer.
Teri Hatcher, one of the “Desperate Housewives,” says she has had a little help keeping her brunette locks looking natural since she was 25 years old. Yesiree, she’s been coloring her hair to cover up gray spots for 16 years. This timely confession comes just as she signs a lucrative advertising deal with Clairol and begins her very first beauty campaign for the company’s Nice ‘n Easy hair dye. She uses Clairol’s medium brown tone in case you like the color of her lush mane. La!