Princess Caroline of Monaco's ex, Philippe Junot, is reportedly on the verge of a divorce from his wife, Nina, the mother of his three kiddies. The split has been described as "temporary" but Nina and offspring have been in Marbella while Philippe has been seen these Paris nights out with a bevy of beauties. Now tell me what else is new.

After spending a capital evening with Great Britain's new Ambassador and Lady Kerr at the British Embassy in Washington, Viscount and Viscountess Linley (David and Serena for short) are coming to New York for Halloween week. That's the treat. The trick is not to run out of gas. Because England's most romantic exports have a business and social schedule that's a brute.
When David and Serena land here, they'll hit the ground running. For starters, they'll be heading the reception line at the Alfred Dunhill store when David, a master cabinet maker and designer, introduces the "Folly" and "Chairman's Desk" Collections he has designed exclusively for Dunhill. Then comes an onslaught of lunches, cocktails, dinner parties and what have you. After the store reception on Oct. 30, Blaine and Robert Trump are giving a Cajun hoedown for the Linleys at the Cajun restaurant Louisiana with such social crawfish expected as Nina Griscom and Dr. Daniel Baker; Anne Bass and Julian Lethbridge, Bill Blass, Crown Prince and Princess Pavlos of Greece (Marie-Chantal Miller that was), Pia (Miller) and Christopher Getty, Cindy Crawford, the Basil Mavroleons, Anne Ford and Jamie Niven, and the king of the Orioles, Cal Ripken Jr. and his darling wife, Kelly.
The Linleys are the cover girl and boy on the current Town & Country, so the magazine and its editor, Pamela Fiori, are celebrating with a dinner at Lutece. Then Ann and Mick Jones are giving them a little at-home dinner with such hip guests hopping in as Griffin Dunne, Christie Brinkley, Joan Rivers and Lee Radziwill and Herb Ross.
The "Folly" part of David's latest collection includes keepsake boxes made of beautiful woods with secret compartments, miniature models of those 18th century eccentricities called follies commissioned by great landowners to decorate their gardens and landscapes. The Chairman's Desk Collection will be exhibited throughout Dunhill's in settings designed by such as Marietta Himes Gomez, John Saladino, Victoria Hagan, Brian McCarthy and Greg Jordan. After New York, the Linleys will fly to Chicago for more of the same and then on to Los Angeles where Betsy Bloomingdale will give them a lunch on her very own Beverly Hills patio. After all the hoohaw, David and Serena will fly off to England and perhaps a quiet tea with Queen Elizabeth, David's auntie, in some palace or other.Lynn Wyatt, the Houston belle, picked up a cutlass (literally) to help launch Random House's beautiful new book, "Steel Canvas," an illustrated history of American arms. This all happened at a party Lynn gave at the Ritz-Carlton in Houston to benefit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. As the author, R.L. Wilson, signed and sold his book, Lynn handed out Navy cutlasses to two officers of the Rice University fencing team, who put on a swashbuckling match right there at the party! One Texan even howled "Go for blood!"

Khalil Rizk, New York's host with the most, is off next week to San Francisco for the Fall Antiques Show, where he will exhibit his exquisite private collection of 18th century Chinese export porcelain created for the royalty and nobility of Europe and will treat the cultured locals to a lecture on same. Also lecturing will be New York's Rosamond Bernier, a star speaker who has tried to convince Khalil that his lecture will be a snap and a joy and not to worry. So far, no good. He may have a passion for porcelain but not for a podium.

Tall, blonde and lithe Mary Pierce may be ranked number four in the upcoming WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, but she could be number one in stolen hearts of the year. First she captivated the British rocker Seal, who invited her to the MTV Music Video Awards and has stayed in touch by phone ever since the U.S. Open. Now she's caught the sharp eye of Baltimore Oriole star Brady Anderson. Anderson told Pam Shriver he would play in her Signet Bank Tennis Challenge in Baltimore next week if she arranged for Mary Pierce to be his doubles partner. This was no problem for Pam, who knows about partnerships. Wasn't she the one who persuaded Martina Navratilova to sign a contract, written on a dinner napkin, promising to play doubles with Pam forever after the two of them won their first Wimbledon title together? Yes.
You will be thrilled to hear that Pierce, who thinks Brady Anderson's long, Luke Perry-style sideburns are so sexy, told Shriver she'd just love to double up with the outfielder, who led his team in stolen bases. So--Pierce and Anderson will take on the Baltimore Oriole ironman Cal Ripken Jr. and former U.S. Open champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicaro in a test of love vs. endurance. The big winner will be the Baltimore Community Fund, Shriver's favorite charity, no matter who hits home runs or gets, well, aced.In the sold-out audience for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's benefit preview of "Victor/Victoria" was the gorgeous Elizabeth Hurley watching the gorgeous Julie Andrews dazzle non-stop onstage. What a performer! What a spectacle! What great casting! May it run and run and run and run! Evelyn Lauder, who is the great force behind the foundation, was the chairman of the preview and the dinner at the Marriott Marquis beforehand. But more of this hit evening in another column.

Pia Lindstrom, in Morocco for the big 70th celebration at the famed hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech, stopped off in Casablanca to visit "Rick's Cafe," the place made famous in her mother's classic and forever movie "Casablanca." Here's looking at you, Pia.

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