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The London Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the grand finale of its centenary year in London on Wednesday and Thursday. Many fans will be participating in this year’s benefactor program with exclusive events, unavailable to most, made available to the fans. The trip will include a private dinner and a recital at Kensington Palace on Wednesday, and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Gala Concert and Dinner at the Barbican on Thursday. The gala will mark the 75th birthday of Maestro Andre Previn. The New York Times has called this orchestra’s performances “riveting,” “enthralling,” “viscerally powerful.” That should make you sit up and pay attention.

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Anne Hearst of the media empire stepped into a black blouse and red skirt with a silver zipper up the back designed by Valentino to wear to her daughter Amanda Hearst‘s birthday party at the 21 Club. Fifty guests congregated upstairs in one of the restaurant’s private rooms for cocktails and to watch a slide show of the most amusing and momentous moments of Amanda’s 21 years. Among those laughing and cheering: Amanda’s aunt, Patricia Hearst-Shaw, in a black evening suit by Escada and Art Deco diamond bracelets climbing up her wrist as far as the eye could see; her husband, Bernard Shaw; her daughter, Gillian Hearst-Shaw; Tony Peck, son of the late movie star Gregory Peck; Lauren Bush; Yasmin Aga Khan‘s son, Andrew Embiricos; Patty and Marty Raynes and their son, Nick; Cornelia Bregman and her daughter, Marissa; John Kluge Jr., and Amanda’s younger brother, Randy, who was sent home to do his homework after the reception. Also among those feasting and raising their voices in song to toast Amanda were Georgina Cavendish, Marina and Francesco Galesi, Al Acquavella and Luigi Tadini, who sat next to Amanda, who wore a black dress by Narciso Rodriguez and a striking strand of pearls, a birthday present from her mother. Amanda, who is an Elite model, is moving from Boston to finish her studies in the city.

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Now that Rod Stewart and his fiancee, Penny Lancaster, are expecting their first child in time for the Christmas holidays, the happy couple plans to postpone their wedding until spring 2006. This will give Penny time to get her figure back for the wedding and to wear the big dress she’s always dreamed of. She’s already looking at sketches from designers in England and France. Of course, this means the baby can attend the ceremony, too, the sweet thing, especially if Rod reaches a settlement with his wife, Rachel Hunter, and their divorce finally goes through.

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Claudia Schiffer‘s husband, Matthew Vaughn, has backed out of directing “X-Men 3” just two months before the movie was scheduled to start shooting with Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen and Kelsey Grammer. Matthew, who lives in London with his wife and children — two-year old Caspar and six-month old Clementine — passed on the project once he realized that the filming taking place between Vancouver and Los Angeles would take him too far from his family for too long.

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Speaking of Caspar and Clementine, many mummies and daddies are getting tired of the same old boys’ and girls’ names — Edward, John, Bill, Jim, Philip, Robert and even Christopher. Apparently Sharon Stone was when she named her five-year-old adopted son Roan. Tom, Dick and Harry apparently bored her to death a month ago all over again when she adopted a second baby boy and called him Laird Vonne. Now all of Hollywood can hardly wait until Roan and Laird Vonne get old enough to be invited to birthday parties when Julia Robert‘s infant twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel, start entertaining. What’s in a name? Wait until years from now when the kiddies take it up with mommy and daddy.

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Princess Ira von Furstenberg, the glamorous personage whose bloodlines are the proper shade of blue, designs and creates the most beautiful and unique objects of art: tiny animals and boxes made of agate, crystal and marble studded with precious and semiprecious jewels. Ira’s exhibit at the Chinese Porcelain Company was a succes fou and the party at Milo that Arriana and Dixon Boardman gave in her honor was another one. Everyone you ever heard of was there and thousands of kisses floated through the air, most of them landing on Ira. In the crowd were George Livanos, Judy and Al Taubman, Cristina de Caraman, Anna Wintour, Shelby Bryan, David Metcalfe, Philippe Stern, Dreda Mele, Terry Kramer, Ambassador and Mrs. Leach, Kenneth Jay Lane, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera and Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who designed the silk belted dress with a bow at the waist that Arriana wore. It was the exact color of lemon sherbet.

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The Tony Awards’ red carpet has found Joanna Mastroianni. She will design dresses for five nominees on Sunday. Erin Dilly, nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in the musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” will wear a red silk chiffon halter dress with an Empire, hand-beaded waist with three layers of chiffon cascading down as she walks the red carpet. Sherie Rene Scott, also nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” will wear draped silk chiffon with an abstract hand-painted print, with a back that will plunge into a V and a glamorous train embroidered in caviar beads. Jan Maxwell, nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” will wear a navy halter gown hand-beaded all over. Adriane Lenox, nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in “Doubt,” will shimmer in a bronze strapless corseted antique gold-print cocktail dress, which will show off her lovely legs. The dress has a train layered with jeweled ruffles and a matching purse also is being made specially for her to finish off the look, along with a burgundy fox stole. Fran Weissler, the producer who has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical for “Sweet Charity,” will wear a caviar-beaded and leather kimono pant ensemble. Along with these nominees, Joanna has dressed such celebrities as Sandra Bullock, Sela Ward, Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer.

<p>Arriana Boardman</p>

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<p>Amanda Hearst</p>

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<p>Lauren Bush</p>

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