ROYAL CHANGE: For Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the show will go on — just a little later than planned. Their wedding date has been moved to Saturday from Friday so that the Prince of Wales can attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome on Friday. “It’s out of respect,” a Clarence House spokesman said, adding the exact time of the civil wedding ceremony with 30 guests at Windsor Town Hall still needed to be confirmed. “The time is expected to remain largely the same [1:00 pm]. However, there are other weddings booked at the venue for Saturday and we don’t want to interfere with them.” In other royal news, the spokesman confirmed weekend reports in The Sunday Times of London that Parker Bowles will automatically become the Princess of Wales when she marries Charles. “We’ve been saying the same thing all along. Mrs. Parker Bowles will legally and technically be given all her husband’s titles, including Princess of Wales. However, she wants to be known only as Duchess of Cornwall.” As reported, if and when Prince Charles becomes king, her title will be Princess Consort. Meanwhile, the cut-price replica of Parker Bowles’ ring has been a bestseller at Asda, owned by Wal-Mart. Some 2,500 rings went on sale at 8 a.m. on Monday and by 10:30 a.m. a third had been snapped up, making it the retailer’s fastest-ever selling jewelry item.
TRUNK TALK: Trust the Palm Beach set to get a designer into a tizzy. When Joanna Mastroianni presented her fall collection with a trunk show at Alpark The Salon in Palm Beach, Fla., late last month, several socialites wanted her pieces immediately for the spring social season, so she took some custom orders and rushed back to New York to create the looks. “We will be sleeping in [the studio] for the next three weeks to get some of these important pieces out,” she said.
The March 23 to 26 trunk show attracted the likes of Pauline Pitt, Nancy Brinker and Audrey Gruss, and raked in $285,000. Among the top sellers were a beaded cocktail dress, at $2,420; a chenille matelasse cocoon coat, at $7,000, and a metallic open-weave beaded vest, at $5,720.
“God bless them,” Mastroianni said. “In Palm Beach, most of the ladies really enjoy dressing up and they have a good time doing so. I wish there were 10 other cities like Palm Beach.”
LIVING FERRAGAMO: The Lungarno Hotels, controlled by Ferragamo, is working on a new luxury resort, restructuring the Tuscan estate of Castiglion del Bosco, which includes 53 Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, a borgo, or village, and a 13th-century castle. As per the project, the properties will be transformed into a five-star hotel with 50 suites, a restaurant and a wine bar, a spa and tennis courts and a golf course. The village houses will be restored as villas to let. The estate was acquired two years ago for 30 million euros, or $39 million at current exchange rates, by a consortium headed by Massimo Ferragamo, president of the American branch of the Florence-based company. The cost of renovation is also valued at about $39 million. The hotel and golf club will be completed by summer 2007. Presumably the guests will be well-shod.