How Swede It Is * Calorie Counting Crowe * Gisele’s New Act
Dimpled, darling Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden —she will one day be queen — is coming to New York and the trustees and president of the American-Scandinavian Foundation are giving a special reception for her on Friday at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. The reception also will preview the exhibition “Expression by Design,” which will convey the brilliance of Swedish folk painting from Dalarna and Smaland. The princess is very good at receptions and exhibitions. Already, she has the presence of a queen.
Nancy and Henry Kissinger will make a rare appearance in the front row at the Maggie Norris couture fall collection on April 8 at the Russian Consulate in New York. Henry will be there to support his friend Natalia Darialova, one of the leading female journalists in Moscow, who has created a fragrance called Russian Nights, in which the models will be enveloped. Maggie has dressed Hollywood’s best including Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry and Naomi Watts, as well as Christopher Walken’s wife, Georgianne, who is the casting director of “The Sopranos.” Maggie made her a beautiful chocolate-colored chiffon evening suit and fitted satin jacket, which she wore to the Oscars on Sunday.
The models at the consulate also will be draped in sables by Russian designer Helen Yarmak. Kip Forbes, who, along with his brothers, inherited a glorious collection of Fabergé eggs from his father, Malcolm Forbes, has given the designer permission to replicate the ornamentation of the Imperial Rosebud Eggs created by Fabergé and presented by Czar Nicholas II to Czarina Alexandra for Easter in 1895 on the corset of a dress. This will be auctioned off along with a Russian red fox evening stole to benefit the American Friends of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.
Among those expected to join the Kissingers in the front row are Lila Forbes; Bettina Zilkha; Kimberly, Tara and Renée Rockefeller; Lorraine Bracco; Karenna Gore Schiff and Alexandra von Furstenberg. Kruto!
From Milan and Sydney comes word that Russell Crowe has put himself on a strict diet after visiting Giorgio Armani at his atelier to be fitted for the suit he plans to wear for his wedding to Danielle Spencer on April 7 in Australia. The designer told him that he needed to lose 15 pounds if he wanted to look his best on his big day. Giorgio says, “Russell is simpatico and has a very strong personality. We first met on the set of ‘Gladiator’ in Rome when he was in great shape. Since then, he has had some bad experiences in fashion because he’s overweight.” How’s that for Italian candor?
And, as if the star needed an added incentive, his next part will require him to be in perfect shape as well. In “Cinderella Man,” Russell plays legendary boxer Jim Braddock, who won the heavyweight crown in 1935. Another reason to take Giorgio’s advice to heart — and gut.
Who got lost in the shuffle at the Academy Awards even if she was a presenter? Julia Roberts. Except for having her picture taken with all the past Oscar winners, it seemed no one paid much attention to this big star and she lacked her usual radiance.
With the amitié between the U.S. and France suffering staggering blows, it’s news to know that on May 12, the American Friends of Blerancourt are planning a dinner in New Orleans during the celebrations for the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Anyone who has attended the Blerancourt dinners in New York over the past three years knows that this celebration is a glamorous event, and no site could be more feudable this year than this chief city of a territory whose purchase in 1803 doubled — with one stroke of a pen — the size of the United States.
The French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte along with Mrs. Harold Stream, the grande dame of New Orleans, will be honorary chairmen of the dinner and Her Imperial Highness Princess Louis Napoleon will be the honored guest. A gala weekend is planned prior to the dinner, with Mrs. Stream hosting a luncheon on Saturday at her plantation “Evergreen,”and Sybil and Blair Favrot giving another one at their home on St. Charles Avenue with co-hostesses Lynne McMillan and Titine Pottharst. One of my very most favorite names. There also will be a private visit to the exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art of “Jefferson’s America & Napoleon’s France.” With art objects, paintings and documents assembled from museums all over the country and France, including Blerancourt, which was once the 17th-century chateau of Ann Morgan, J.P. Morgan’s daughter, who gave it to the French government in 1931 before it became a French national museum.
The dinner will take place in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, a New Orleans landmark located in the Botanical Gardens, a short distance from the New Orleans Museum of Art and a hundred-acre tract of land that is today New Orleans City Park. Once a swampy, oak-filled forest, it was home to Indians and later a romantic spot for its long favor with Creole gentlemen as a place to conduct their dueling, which was not outlawed in the park until 1890.
The Pavilion of the Two Sisters is modeled after a traditional European orangerie with tall arched windows and French doors leading to the Botanical Gardens. Friends of Blerancourt will be coming to dine there from Atlanta, New York, Paris, Birmingham, Dallas, Mount Desert Island and even Katonah.
After a nine-month separation, Zara Phillips, the 21-year-old daughter of Princess Anne and the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, and her 25-year-old jockey boyfriend Richard Johnson have kissed and made up, literally. Zara planted a lingering kiss on the lips of her little man in the winner’s circle of the big race on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival in England. He picked up a $250,000 prize and Zara couldn’t hold back her enthusiasm. Some say that the two of them are planning to move back together into the home they shared until their split last summer and that they are talking marriage. After being in love for three years, they’ve just cleared that one last little hurdle that had driven them apart.
Gisele Bündchen can sing — who knew? Last month, she made an audience in Brazil sit up and take notice when she picked up a microphone and sang along with Brazilian star Daniela Mercury. Gisele has become close to the Spanish movie director Pedro Almodóvar, who would love to make her his next star following in the footsteps of Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Dear Gisele, Dear Pedro.