SOME OF FASHION’S MAJOR FIGURES TO ATTEND PRINCESS DIANA’S FUNERAL
LONDON — Some of fashion’s biggest names will be among the 2,000 guests at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Saturday.
Guests will also be drawn from the worlds of society, the arts and charities.
With many receiving their initial invitations by telephone, there has been little time for them to make arrangements to attend a service that is expected to be the most watched in modern times.
The funeral is expected to draw an estimated two million people along the route from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey. Guests have been told to be in their seats by 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. service.
The only major American designer to attend will be Ralph Lauren.
In Paris, a spokesman for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton said chairman Bernard Arnault and his wife Helene would go to the funeral.
Diana had been the guest of honor at parties hosted by the Arnaults, most recently at Dior’s 100th anniversary gala in New York last year.
Dior is closing its Avenue Montaigne boutique for a half-day Saturday morning in her memory and the Dior boutique in London will be closed all day on Saturday.
Also, Karl Lagerfeld is planning to go with his Chanel associate Amanda Harlech. Lagerfeld noted he will have to remain in London until 7 p.m. Saturday because of the backup of private jets flying out of the city after the funeral.
In Italy, Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti said they were planning to attend the funeral
Donatella and Santo Versace are also going before flying to New York for the Gianni Versace memorial service planned for Monday.
Giorgio Armani, who initially didn’t think he would be able to be there, changed his travel itinerary and was also planning to go.
The English designers expected to attend include Catherine Walker — who was the main British designer for the Princess in the last five years — Bruce Oldfield and Victor Edelstein.
Also invited have been Christina Ong and Ong Beng Seng of Club 21, which owns the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Prada, Bulgari and Guess stores in London.
Deeda Blair will attend with Margueritte Littman, founder of The Aids Crisis Trust, which was one of the recipients of the funds raised from the sale of Diana’s gowns at Christie’s New York in June.
Other of Diana’s English friends expected to be there include Lord and Lady Palumbo; Lord Jacob Rothschild; Rosa Monckton and her husband. Dominic Lawson; Kate Menzies; Carolyn Bartholomew, and Lady Annabel Goldsmith and her daughter Jemima Khan.