Byline: Aileen Mehle
The Swiss ski slopes are buzzing with the story that Roger Moore’s estranged wife, Luisa, agreed to meet her errant husband at their house in Gstaad for what she hoped would be a reconciliation. What she found was an unrepentant husband of nearly 30 years who merely wanted to calm the waters and talk her into a problem-free divorce and settlement. Moore is desperate to avoid a messy court battle. Not Luisa, who was having none of that, thank you very much.
She stormed off in a huff.
Luisa has told friends that she will not cave in to Moore’s wishes and that she’ll fight for a rightful share of his fortune. It should not be forgotten that Luisa gave up an acting career of her own to follow Roger around the world and bear him two children. Some say Roger wants to marry his new girlfriend as soon as possible. Others say he never wants to marry again as long as he lives — and longer. To add to the turmoil, Roger’s first wife, Doorn Van Steyn, is giving embarrassing interviews to the European press detailing what a lousy husband he was to her. Mercy.
The beautiful Italian actress Valeria Golino (“Immortal Beloved”) is now romantically involved with Julian Lennon, the young musician son of the late, legendary John Lennon. Has Julian been romantically involved before? Let me count the ways.
Sharon Stone is now said to have her sexy eyes dead set on the character immortalized by Catherine Deneuve in a replay of the sensual “Belle du Jour.” It sounds like the perfect part for the star who’s been characterized as “when babe meets barbarian.”
No dreary, drizzly Valentine’s Day for Princess Margaret. She and her entourage have flown off to Jalousie Plantation, the resort and spa, for some royal R&R. The princess is spending two weeks at Jalousie, which is tucked between the towering Pitons in St. Lucia, a British Crown colony, as if you — and Margaret — didn’t know. That’s where she’s swimming and sunning and eating. On Valentine’s Day, she and her close friends and traveling companions, Lord and Lady Glenconner, feasted on such dainty dishes as fresh coconut soup with shrimp, guava berry glazed duck breast and, for dessert, a chocolate heart filled with white chocolate mousse. Everything but four and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie.
Lady Glenconner is Margaret’s lady-in-waiting, and Lord Glenconner is, of course, Colin Tennant, the enterprising Brit who gave us the beautiful island of Mustique, bringing in Princess Margaret as its first famous householder. Since then, she has turned the house over to her son, Lord Linley, but she’ll never give up the Caribbean, and you can lay odds to that.
About 500 guests crowded into the big party at the Museum of Modern Art celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Design Collection, and hundreds more of the young crowded in after dinner to dance in the lobby to music you could hear down the block. Well, nobody ever made money by giving people what they don’t want, and the wonderful news is that this benefit cleared $500,000 (net) for MoMA. The honorary chairmen were Lily Auchincloss, who has been such a great guiding light and benefactor of MoMA, and the one and only Philip Johnson, the charismatic architect’s architect, who founded the museum’s Department of Architecture and Design 60 years ago. Philip’s fans were practically kneeling at his feet, no more than his due, would you say?
Select tables were decorated to reflect different periods of MoMA’s Design Collection history (the idea of Jo Carole Lauder) and they were wonderfully and amusingly done. Lily Auchincloss’s table (where Philip Johnson held court), curated by Matilda McQuaid, was the ultimate in modern Japanese design with table and chairs lent by the Japan Society, hand-pleated silk napkins and place mats designed by Reiko Sudo and porcelain plates and chop sticks lent by Sara. The lanterns hanging over the table were designed by Nouguchi and Ikebana did the flowers, artfully arranged down the long table. Philip Johnson declared it a beautiful sight, and what Philip Johnson declares a beautiful sight had better be a really beautiful sight.
In the crowd, dining on roast boneless quail and anniversary cake with nutmeg ice cream, were such MoMA devotees as the museum’s chairman, Agnes Gund; the museum’s new director, Glenn Lowry; Barbara Jakobson; the David Rockefellers Jr.; Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder; Maureen and Marshall Cogan; Patty and Gustavo Cisneros; Clarissa Bronfman; Florence Knoll Bassett of the Knoll Group, whose table is now part of the Design Collection; Bettina (Mrs. Gianluigi) Gabetti; Terence Riley, chief curator of the Architecture and Design Department; Philippe de Montebello; Paul Goldberger; Richard Meier; Lou Gropp; the Herbert Kaspers; the Noel Levines; Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Carl Spielvogel, and others too designing to mention.
Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Frederique, whose names speak for themselves, are all on the junior committee of the New York Philharmonic, which will have its big dinner dance on the “Crystal Symphony” cruise ship on May 1. The three supermodels are only part of a committee formed to bring the treasure of the Philharmonic to a younger and newer audience. Others are NBC anchorman Matt Lauer, Christopher Lawford, Nina Griscom, Jim Courier, Matt Root and Lili Root and Eliza Reed. The theme of the dinner dance, which is a fund-raiser for the orchestra, is nautical, and everyone is invited to start rockin’ the boat at Pier 88.
Ann Downey, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 interior decorators, has been chosen to do a complete makeover of the famous Palm Beach landmark, the Poinciana Club. Ann has carte blanche to gut the place and start from the ground up. Her idea is to bring back the casual elegance Palm Beach once had and that people still crave. The choice waterfront property, owned by Peter Beck of South Florida Restaurateurs, is unique in Palm Beach. It will be run as a club, with a $300 membership fee, and its gala opening is set for sometime in the late fall. To carry out her design, Ann has asked her longtime friend, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau, to help. Lilly said yes, which is what longtime friends are for.