VENUS’ NEXT SET: Venus Williams is a fashion addict and is getting ready for phase two of her career. Today in West Hollywood, the tennis star is slated to announce her plans for a new fashion-related business. She chose her native turf of Southern California, where she’s competing in the Women’s Tennis Association Championships this week, to talk about her strategy. Tennis remains her top priority, though, which is why she waited until the tournament ended to break the news.
ROYAL TREATMENT: When Luisa Beccaria comes to town, friends make sure she is feted like a queen. Audrey Gruss — who dined under the orange trees at Beccaria’s castle, Lluccio, last April — threw a lunch in her honor at Doubles for 30 guests, including Jamee Gregory, Gigi Mortimer, Hilary Geary, Laura Hunt and Miranda Brooks last week. Beccaria is, after all, also known as Princess Bonaccorsi.
This story first appeared in the November 12, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.