NO MARRIAGE FOR MOSS: While the British press may be giddily reporting that Kate Moss and Pete Doherty got hitched on a Thai beach on New Year’s Day, Moss’ spokesman insisted Tuesday that “no wedding, or any kind of ceremony” took place.

London’s Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers both ran grainy pictures of Moss and Doherty at a beach party in their Tuesday editions, claiming the couple took part in a Buddhist ceremony, with Moss in a silver gown. The spokesman also denied reports Moss and Doherty plan to make their “marriage” legally binding at a London registry office later this month, saying Moss had “no wedding plans” for the near future. Which gives the model a little longer to plan her show-stopping wedding dress.

ROYAL REWARDS: Queen Elizabeth II continues to show her appreciation for Britain’s sartorial skills. In the Queen’s New Year Honors list, designer Margaret Howell received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Linda Bennett, founder of the footwear brand LK Bennett, was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and Jane Shepherdson, former brand director of Topshop, was given the one-level-down honor of Member of the Order of the British Empire. Ruby Hammer, a makeup artist and co-founder of the Ruby & Millie cosmetics line, also was made an MBE. “It was completely unexpected,” said Hammer. “It proves that I’ve done all right, that I’ve got somewhere and achieved something.”

Also included in the list were Bono, who received an honorary knighthood for his services to music and his humanitarian work (since he’s Irish, the title had to be honorary, although he still could be called “Sir”); the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, who received an MBE for her services to equestrianism, and Rod Stewart, who was awarded a CBE for his services to music. Presumably he won’t be singing “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” at the award ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

NEW CREW: Eliot and Silda Spitzer wasted no time in transforming the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y., into their family’s home away from home over the weekend. Casual photos of the family were scattered in the drawing room, while portraits of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former governors Al Smith and Hugh Carey looked down on the 47-year-old former attorney general as he bided his time until midnight on New Year’s Day to become New York’s 54th governor. Among those attending the private oath of office ceremony and the subsequent party were Eliot Spitzer’s parents, Anne and Bernard, and the Spitzer daughters — Elyssa, Sarabeth and Jenna; New York’s new Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, and his father and mother, former governor Mario and Matilda Cuomo; Silda Spitzer’s sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Ray Grayson, and her brother, James Lloyd Wall 2nd, and Eliot Spitzer’s Harvard buddy, Jim Cramer, from CNBC’s “Mad Money.” And while Silda Spitzer wore New York designer Neil Bieff to the public swearing-in on New Year’s Day, “at home” she opted for black velvet pants and a short-waisted brocade jacket by Escada.

This story first appeared in the January 3, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

GOOD AS GOLD: The tower of chocolate served New Year’s Eve at the Nasher Sculpture Center wasn’t the best part of dessert for women at the benefit. They had their eyes on the golden egg nestled next to it on their plates, one of which held a two-carat diamond ring. As the emcee tried in vain to get everyone to wait and crack the eggs at once, longtime museum supporter Betty Blake discovered the $7,000 party favor. Bailey Banks & Biddle, the evening’s presenting sponsor, donated the ring. “We always do something like that, where somebody gets the benefit of winning or gaining a piece of Bailey jewelry,” said Charles Fieramosca, BBB president, who dreamed up the first benefit for the museum with its founder and owner, Ray Nasher. “It’s a nice thing to do to make the night a little more fun and festive. Of course, it’s nice for us to have somebody in that audience wearing our jewelry.”

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