Russia’s all the rage this year along the Rue Faubourg St. Honore in Paris, ever since Hermes launched its new men’s scent “Rocabar” at a huge fete in Moscow this spring and then staged an exhibition of silk scarves in the Tretiakov gallery there. The latest outburst of Russo-mania was evident last week at the Chantilly race track outside Paris, when Hermes hosted the annual Prix de Diane.
Film director Nikita Mikhalkov — whose films include ” Les Yeux Noirs,” “Urga” and “Le Soleil Trompeur” — was the guest of honor for a day that mixed serious horse racing with Cossack riding games. Other guests included French actress Sandrine Kiberlain, the Aga Khan — whose horse won the filly race — and his daughter Zara Boyden, who accepted the trophy and purse of over $200,000 on his behalf.
Across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday night, Susan Kadish was the czarina of the Museum Ball at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York. Wearing a 1915 Cartier diamond tiara — a gift from her husband, Lawrence, for their 30th wedding anniversary — Kadish was beaming with joy during the live auction, when her husband’s bid of $30,000 won her a sitting with British royal portrait painter Richard Stone.