Kate Moss and Jefferson Hack, the father of her two-year-old daughter, had a brief reconciliation over Christmas. The former lovers and their daughter spent a couple of weeks at Kate’s farm in the English countryside playing house, and some of their friends thought that, after a year’s separation, they would fall back in love. But, alas, they hit another rough patch when they had to cancel a trip to Thailand after the tsunami hit. Kate threw an extravagant New Year’s Eve party in Scotland for 36 of her friends, but Jefferson was not there.

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Nicollette Sheridan, whose career has rebounded thanks to the new show “Desperate Housewives” (never mind when she dropped a towel wearing nothing underneath in that cutie-pie NFL commercial), got quietly engaged to her beau, Nicklas Soderblom, while staying at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen. You all remember Nicollette. She was once married to Harry Hamlin and had an overpublicized affair with Michael Bolton. But that’s all in the past. The happy couple left the Rockies on Monday carting with them the newest addition to the family, a six-month-old golden labrador named Oliver. Sweet.

Others lolling about in the living room of the Little Nell were Britney Spears and her husband, Kevin Federline; Kate Hudson and her mother, Goldie Hawn, who, along with Sheridan and Jamie Lynn Discala, enjoyed an après-ski fete at the new Ralph Lauren store on Cooper Avenue; Katie Couric and her two daughters, Elinor and Caroline, and Gregory Peck’s son, Tony, and his son, Zack, whose mother is former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs.

Little Nell was also the site of Chopard’s New Year’s Eve party, where among the dancers and drinkers were Diandra Douglas in jeans, a navy top and a four-inch-wide diamond cuff; Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia; Kerry Kennedy with Stuart Sundlun; Paula Zahn and her husband, Richard Cohen; Marcia and Richard Mishaan, and Nicole Miller.

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Julia and David Koch gave a small dinner for friends at their house and Anne Bass spent the holidays at her beautiful chalet. Melanie Griffith shopped for baby skiwear at Dior. The singer Thalía (married to Tommy Mottola) bought John Galliano’s oversized ski glasses and Adam Sandler and his wife looked at dresses — for her, not him, hee, hee. Mariah Carey bought the entire Dior Ski collection, including the pink logo jacket and pants and the après-ski boots in four colors and styles including the blue biker boots with studs. Lynda Carter tried on a pair of $76,000 pear-shaped diamond and platinum chandelier earrings at Bulgari and Queen Noor of Jordan was at the jewelry show at the Caribou Club, which also featured Fendi’s latest furs. And then the fog set in.

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The holidays are over but the memories linger on as in: Betty Knight Scripps, the newspaper heiress, gave a holiday dinner dance for 80 guests at her oceanfront villa at the Lyford Cay Club in Nassau. It was her “coming-out party,” as she is now officially divorced, thanks be, and wanted to celebrate.

So she flew Philip Baloun in from New York to decorate the dinner tent with masses of orchids and roses, and imported Mike Carney from New York with all his musicians. The menu was a mélange of Bahamian lobster, rack of lamb and Belgian chocolate mousse, and while the 80 dined, they watched Betty dance the night away in a short orange ruffled chiffon Scaasi and those famous Scripps pearls. Helping her celebrate were such rich people as Sophie and George Coumantaros; Texas heiress Princess Tassilo von Furstenberg; Judy and Alexander Laughlin; Sir Nicholas and Lady Nuttall; Christiane and Harry Ochs, and the famous financier Sir John Templeton. When Betty wiggles out of her orange chiffon you can find her being driven around Lyford Cay in her Rolls Royce golf cart wearing an oversize straw hat. Dear, dear Betty.

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As for those Pretty Young Things from all over who entered society via New York’s International Debutante Ball, 55 of them celebrated this joyous event in pristine white dresses with fresh flowing tresses. Unfortunately, four of the girls from abroad who were supposed to bow at the ball, sisters from Scotland and from Monaco, got the flu and couldn’t fly. But Leonora Wemyss (pronounce that “Weems”), the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wemyss the Younger of Fife, Scotland, helped raise hearts by bringing her bagpiper to rouse all of the 700 guests.

Lady Sophia Rose Seymour, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Somerset, wore a lace and silk strapless number from Anouska Hempel of London; Janice-Kate Petruska wore Badgley Mischka’s tempting Dakota dress, and Juliet Gerber-Voss from Lake Forest, Ill., not only wore J. Mendel’s gorgeous fantasy silk tulle dress with ostrich feathers and sequins, but brought the designer with her.

Alexandra Ewing Moore, the daughter of Julia Irene Kauffman and Anthony Moore, an honors student at Pine Manor, wore a retro Fifties-style dress, and Barbara Bispham, the daughter of Barbara and Thomas Bispham of The Peak, Hong Kong, chose a traditional Chinese raw silk dress brocaded in chrysanthemums. You should know that Miss Bispham speaks four languages, is undefeated on her debate team, won the classics prize on graduation from Groton, is accomplished in all field sports and studies Latin and Greek at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also head of the line when beauty was passed out.

These young ladies don’t just dance their lives away. Amanda Rae Dunbar of Dallas is an artist-in-residence on Turtle Island, Fiji, and has her own gallery in Texas. Jennifer Telling, the 18-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Telling of New Jersey, has been a helicopter pilot for three years and is studying at Colgate to be an astrophysicist and says that one day she’ll fly over and beyond the moon. Dear, dear Jennifer. Fiona McFarland, the daughter of Alan McFarland of New York City, is a freshman midshipman at Annapolis, where she was chosen to “stroke the crew” — the first freshman and the first woman ever in the history of the Naval Academy to have that honor. Stephanie Quick, the daughter of Peter and Crisler Quick of Long Island, helps build houses for underprivileged families, teaches farming to youngsters and studies Russian ballet and several languages, including Chinese. Daddy is president of the American Stock Exchange.

The honorary chairmen of the ball were Julia Irene Kauffman, who with her family had beautiful fountains installed all over Kansas City, thereby making it the city with the most fountains in the country; Catharine Hamilton of Chicago, who is famous for restoring the beautiful fountains at Versailles (she got the flu, too, and couldn’t make it), and Colonel Ivan Ovolensky. Over the years, the ball has benefited the Soldiers’ Sailors’ Marines’ and Airmen’s Club of New York. Lester Lanin died this year at age 97, but from the very first ball 50 years ago up to the year 2000, he was there with his baton leading the music and tossing those silly souvenir caps of his into the air. A Lester Lanin orchestra played at this 50th anniversary with Spencer Bruno leading and tossing.

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