All roads are leading to London for the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Pavlos of Greece and his lovely American sweetheart Marie-Chantal Miller on July 1 at the Greek Cathedral. A little advance celebration will take place right here in New York, where on May 23 the Forbes family (Steve, Bobby, Kip and Tim and their assorted loved ones) and Alexander Papamarkou will give the handsome couple a dinner dance aboard the luxe Forbes yacht The Highlander. Everyone will ship out to sea in black tie and sail back again three hours none the worse for wear. The Forbes yacht is not exactly a scow, you know.
Eben Pyne, the good-looking, much-in-demand widower hostesses just love to have at their parties, is off the market as a single. But he'll be back as half of a couple this summer when he marries Nancy Gray of Washington and Hobe Sound in Washington. They've been friends for years, and their friends for years say they were made for each other. How very nice of them. Who asked?
Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre BergA have been luxuriating at their magnificent house in Marrakech and will be back in Morocco in September for the 70th anniversary of the beautiful Art Deco Hotel La Mamounia where the rich and famous congregate from all over the world. From the hotel's great terrace during tea time, Robert BergA, the director, plays host to such as Jean Paul Belmondo, Bill Willis, the American architect who has one of the most splendid houses in the Medina, the polo-playing brothers Patrick and Xavier HermAs (no one can seem to decide which brother has the more beautiful house in Marrakech) and scads of others of that ilk. One of the most glamorous weddings of the year will take place in Marrakech on May 26 when Prince Jean de Poniatowksi's daughter, Sarah, marries Marc de Lavigne in a ceremony at his house. Guests from all over the world will fly in for the affair, and right after the reception the bride and groom will spend their wedding night in La Mamounias's "Suite Nuptiale." Ooooooooooh.
Surely you must have heard by now that, for the second year in a row, best-selling author Barbara Bradford Taylor has been named "the richest woman in England" on the list published annually by the Daily Mail. Queen Elizabeth, of course, is not counted. You can't stack anyone's lolly against hers. But, among self-made working "women of substance," a phrase she immortalized in the title of her very first book 15 years ago, Barbara just keeps going--and going--and going like...well, you know. Her newest book, "Dangerous to Know," comes out from HarperCollins in June, and she's already writing "Love in Another Town" for October publication. Her husband, Robert Bradford, who manages her career and produces her novels for television, estimates that five million copies of her books will be sold between June and Christmas in America alone. And then there's the rest of the world. Not too shabby for a woman who started life as a humble Yorkshire lass and just kept on going--and going, etc.On May 23, The Children's Storefront will celebrate its 30th year in Harlem by returning its street party and dinner dance to East 129th Street, where the storefront school is located and where the party started in the first place. Nan Kempner and Ahmet Ertegun are the honorary co-chairmen and being honored this year are the school's great patrons, Richard Meyer of Johnson & Higgins, Joan Ganz Cooney and Liz Fondaras. Everything begins at 5:30 with street performers, a big band, a festooned tent and a soul food supper from Sylvia's, the famous Harlem restaurant, guaranteed to make you eat till you pop and drop.
You read here recently that Prince Adam Czartoryski owns the only Leonardo da Vinci in private hands. Now it turns out there's another one in a private collection, that of the immensely rich Duke of Buccleuch, Johnny to his friends. Buccleuch's da Vinci is the "Madonna with the Yarn-winder," painted between 1500 and 1510. If you want to see what she looks like--and if you don't know Johnny--you can find a reproduction in the book "Feminine Beauty" by that great British authority Lord Clark.
Wolfgang Flottl, the international financier, and Anne Eisenhower Flottl are giving a party at Mortimer's on May 25 in honor of Susan Eisenhower to celebrate the publication of Susan's book, "Breaking Free." It's a memoir of love and revolution, and if they don't make the world go round, what does?
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews