Enrique Loves Anna * The Book Party of the Year * Stork Visits
As predicted, Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have kissed and made up, and to prove it, he gave her a $75,000 “friendship ring” in Miami, where they spent the holidays together. Enrique says the ring symbolizes his New Year’s resolution to be faithful to Anna but also says it’s definitely not an engagement ring. (Well, everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind.) Anna, however, has her own game plan — friendship, bah.
Henry Grunwald, the distinguished journalist and diplomat (he served as editor in chief of Time Inc. for nine years and later as our ambassador to Austria), has written his third book, “A Saint, More or Less,” a brilliant novel set in the turbulent, blood-soaked 16th century when Catholics and Protestants tortured and killed each other by the thousands in the name of God, and religious power and politics shaped France under Henry IV. This is the story of two religious, passionate women: Nicole Tavernier, a mysterious healer from nowhere who takes Paris by storm, and Barbe Acarie, a French aristocrat of indisputable faith who takes Nicole into her family and then banishes her when they quarrel over beliefs. One of these women is a candidate for sainthood, but as the book asks — which one? There is no doubt about the beautiful woman pictured on the book’s cover in a painting by Perugino. She is Mary Magdalene. Saint Mary Magdalene.
To celebrate the publication of the book by Random House, Henry’s wife, Louise (“Her love and enthusiasm sustained me in moments of doubt,” he writes in the book’s acknowledgments), gave a party in the DeWitt Periodical Room of the New York Public Library, and among Henry’s friends and admirers who walked the marble halls to congratulate him were Sonny Mehta of Knopf, Alexandra and Arthur Schlessinger, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Punch Sulzberger and Allison Cowles, Betsy and Victor Gotbaum, Joseph Lelyveld, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Liz Rohatyn, Casey Ribicoff, Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, Shirley and Abe Rosenthal, Rose Styron, the Richard Stolleys, Shelly Wanger Mortimer, David Westin and Sherrie Rollins, the prize-winning novelist Shirley Hazzard, Rebecca and Peter Grunwald, Richard Holbrooke and Kati Marton, Duane Hampton, Gale Hayman and Bill Haseltine, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Gail and Parker Gilbert, John Richardson, Kenneth Jay Lane, Louis Begley, Ken Auletta and Binky Urban, Sean Driscoll, Ann and Charlotte Ford, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Time editor Jim Kelly, and in a wheelchair because of a fall at the airport on her way to Santo Domingo, the indestructible Nan Kempner, propelled by her flame-haired houseguest from Paris, Sheila de Rochambeau. That’s Countess de Rochambeau.
The Winter Antiques Show, benefiting the East Side House Settlement in the South Bronx, is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Jan. 15 with an opening gala hosted by honorary chairman Mayor Bloomberg, committee chairman Arie Kopelman, co-chairman Andrea Robinson of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Joan Young, president of the East Side House Settlement’s board, and Margaret Russell, the editor in chief of Elle Decor, which is sponsoring the opening-night event. Russell will be resplendent in Michael Kors, as she greets the likes of Susan Fales-Hill; Emilia and Pepe Fanjul; Agnes Gund; Fernada Kellogg and Kurt Henckels; Mario Buatta; Ricky and Ralph Lauren; the Mayor’s personal decorator, Jamie Drake, and Caroll Petrie.
The Seventh Regiment Armory, adorned by floral maestro Bill Tansey, will be filled to the ramparts with expensive goodies for the chic set, many of whom will probably have their interior decorators in tow. A special highlight of this year’s show will be an exhibition of treasures lent by the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chief among them will be paintings by John Singer Sargent and John Singleton Copley, and a selection of Favrile glass vases by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Who would want to miss that?
Athina Onassis has made her New Year’s resolution to drop the name Onassis and just use her father’s name, which is Roussel. The young heiress feels the name Onassis is cursed but the name Roussel might not last long, either. Those near to her know that she wants to marry her Brazilian lover, show-jumping champion Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda “Doda” Neto, who is 12 years older than she. Never mind that he’s married already. She can change her name but those Onassis genes will forever be there, no matter what she wants to call herself.
The stork should be exhausted by the time this summer is over, what with dropping one baby after another underneath cabbage leaves and all. Gwyneth and Chris, expecting this summer, are making lists of possible baby names. “Bruce” tops the list because Bruce is the name of Gwyneth’s beloved late father, the respected producer and director.
Heidi Klum, who is expecting Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore’s baby, was none too happy to see pictures of him in an Italian magazine hand-holding with crystal heiress Fiona Swarovski on the streets of Florence, where they were both staying at the Gallery Hotel and having dinner for two at hip restaurants. Although Flavio says that he and Fiona are just friends, the overexposed (even for a supermodel) Heidi knows better than most that every picture tells a story.
Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand and Lenny Kravitz have long been faithful clients of Maison Gerard, one of the top dealers of French Art Deco and furnishings in the country, so naturally they have all been invited to the New York opening of a retrospective of the work of sculptor Alfred-August Janniot, known as one of the most famed Art Deco sculptors, on Monday at Maison Gerard. You never can tell when you’ll need another bust for the mantel.
Greg Jordan, the New York interior designer who is one of Architectural Digest’s Hot 100 designers, has opened a shop in Los Angeles and his East Coast family and friends are coming out to celebrate with him at a cocktail party and dinner for his select clients. You all remember Greg. He has designed for heiress Libet Johnson, Ashley Judd, Larry David and Blaine and Robert Trump. He has made the Melrose Place shop in L.A. a mirror image of his style with antiques and furnishings from around the world and his own contemporary furniture. Coming from all over are the Trumps; Linda and Jerry Bruckheimer; Lynda Carter and Robert Altman, and baseball great Cal Ripken and his wife, Kelly. Also invited are Salma Hayek, Jacqui and Peter Getty, Larry Gagosian, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin and Jamie and Steve Tisch. The wine served at Greg’s dinner will be from the Colgin Vineyard and is called Cariad, a Welsh word meaning “love.” It was named for Catherine Zeta-Jones and served at Catherine and Michael Douglas’ wedding. Who else would tell you these things?