While Paris waits for the most important social event of the year — the marriage between Silvia de Castellane and Prince Pierre d’Arenberg — the influx of Americans has started. Marie-Chantal of Greece was lunching at the Hotel Costes; Cornelia Guest was trying to find something to wear in the Chanel couture fitting rooms, and Kenneth Jay Lane arrived minus his luggage, which was apparently misplaced by the airline.
In a move sure to raise eyebrows around the world of couture, Victoire de Castellane is leaving Chanel for Christian Dior. What’s more, she’s the niece of Chanel honcho Gilles Dufour and has been a highly visible member of the house since Karl Lagerfeld arrived in 1983. A spokesman at Dior confirmed that Castellane will be working with designer John Galliano to create a new line of fine jewelry, available next year. Castellane, who was responsible for costume jewelry at Chanel, could not be reached for comment. “We don’t have to make a drama out of this,” snapped Lagerfeld. “All the people we don’t make an effort to keep seem to go to Dior. It’s our poubelle.” That would be French for “trash can.”