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Hurley’s Lover Boy * Foiled Again * Kate Gets Real
Friends of Elizabeth Hurley have noticed she is one happy woman these days and the naughtier ones think they know the reason why. There’s her bouncing baby boy, of course, but then there’s that other bouncing boy, her boyfriend, Arun Nayar. Arun, with a reputation as one of the best lovers on the Euro/Asian social circuit, is notorious for keeping a copy of the “Kama Sutra” next to his bed in Saint Moritz. Some say he even has it memorized but you know how people exaggerate. Still, over the years, his prowess has been the cause of many a snicker and many more nicknames such as “Him-a-layer” and “Bombay Bonker.” (Did I just write that?)
Elle Macpherson has a phobia about cosmic rays hurting her 12-week-old son, Aurelius. With homes in London, Gstaad and Nassau, and family in her native Australia, Elle spends a lot of time on airplanes, which she feels are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s harmful radiation. So, she has bought her Aurelius a custom-made lead-lined cot to sleep in when they are on long-distance flights. Elle’s lover, Arpad Busson, recently called a lot of attention to himself at Heathrow Airport when he was noticed struggling with his son’s new cot, trying to get it on board their flight to the Bahamas. Elle says that she, Arpad and their other son, five-year-old Flynn, wrapped themselves in foil blankets as well for added protection. A girl can never be too careful but who’s the nutsy designer making foil blankets?
Supermodel Kate Moss and her mother stopped by Claridge’s in London the other afternoon for what was called “White Tea and Diamonds.” One of the little diversions at this party was a test to see who could spot real diamonds among the paste on display — and guess who won? Kate, naturally, who walked away with the prize, a real diamond. Yes, but how big? Anyhow, Kate should have no trouble telling the true from the false after all the years of dealing with the zircons in her business.
The Plaza Athénée in Paris is the center of a lot of the action at a time when everyone is wondering just where the action is. Among those laying on the hotel bed’s luxurious pillows were Gwyneth Paltrow’s boyfriend, Chris Martin, and his band Coldplay, “Chicago” director Rob Marshall, Ricky Martin, Michael York and John Malkovich, who said he’s selling his chateau in Provence and moving back to America because of problems with French tax authorities. Yves Saint Laurent was at his usual table or deux at the hotel’s Relais Plaza, trying out the new spring menu, which is supervised by Alain Ducasse. Nearby at separate tables were Ines de la Fressange, Emanuel Ungaro, Isabelle Adjani and Roman Polanski with his beautiful wife, Emmanuelle Seigner. Hanging around the hotel’s ultra hip bar du Plaza were Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry and Ben Harper, looking as though they owned the place. They don’t.
Very important people from the worlds of fashion, art and society will be meeting May 8 on Madison Avenue for the fourth annual Madison Avenue “Where Fashion Meets Art” block party, which will stretch from 57th to 86th Streets. Forty boutiques will feature the art that inspires some of the world’s leading designers, including Ralph Lauren, who will personally greet guests at his store, along with famous fashion photographers Victor Skrebneski and Ron Van Dongen, Donna Karan, who will feature the paintings of James Havard, and Donatella Versace, who will show off two Roy Lichtenstein paintings from her private collection.
Arie and Coco Kopelman will be at Chanel with the sculptor Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, Emanuel Ungaro will feature a watercolor by Raoul Dufy, and Givenchy the paintings of Hunt Slonem. The guests will stroll from shop to shop and wind up at the Whitney Museum for a party to benefit the Whitney’s Family Programs chaired by the voluptuously lovely Jacqueline Anderson, whose husband, Maxwell Anderson, is the museum’s director. And don’t forget the auction, which will include the rose-cut diamond drop earrings worn by Hilary Swank to this year’s Academy Awards.
We all know Nicole Kidman’s dazzling diamond chandelier earrings were made for her by Bulgari, and the other celebrated ladies at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute were thrilled to be glittering in gems that were borrowed finery. Kate Hudson’s 19th-century diamond hair ornament and sumptuous diamond pendant earrings were on loan from Fred Leighton. So was Kirsten Dunst’s fantastic rose-cut diamond bib necklace and diamond riviere that sparkled on the open neckline of her classic black strapless dress. Lauren Bush, Tracy Pollan, Keri Russell, Cornelia Guest, Vera Wang, Aerin Lauder and Selma Blair shimmered in a collection of Leighton’s diamond pendant earrings. Stella Tennant wore a knockout natural pearl and diamond tassel sautoir that she wrapped loosely around her neck and draped over her shoulders. As for Naomi Campbell, you couldn’t miss her in 19th century Indian and Art Deco ruby and diamond jewels, as the perfect compliment to her stunning red gown. Leave it to Naomi.
At the Costume party, Mrs. Randolph (Veronica) Hearst wore Versace couture and her own jewels. Two of her dresses are currently displayed in the show, John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture’s gray evening gown with trompe l’oeil drapery from the spring 1999 collection and Madame Grès’ white silk jersey and organza evening gown circa 1987. Veronica could also be seen sitting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s performance of “Cinderella” brought out a glittering group, including Caroline and Ernst of Hanover, Albert of Monaco, the King of Spain’s daughter, the Infanta Elena and her husband, the Duke de Lugo.