PALM BEACH OR BUST: Waris Ahluwalia is one of the last people one would expect to see at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. But there he was in white Birkenstocks getting cozy with Heidi Bivens in a banquette under Saturday’s full moon. They joined a flock of fashion insiders including Johan Lindeberg, Jessica Joffe, Tom Guinness, Rachel Chandler, Sabine Heller, Melissa Bent, Annelise Peterson, Masha Orlov and Frances Tulk-Hart, among others, for a weekend hosted by Eric Villency to launch his redesign of the property’s club lounge.

“I can’t believe this crowd is in Palm Beach. It’s certainly not the norm,” said Douglas Hannant while lounging in a spa swing.

This story first appeared in the December 13, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Michelle Harper stole the show with her rotation of day and evening looks from a John Galliano suit to his butter yellow, platform tassel loafers with a vintage Thirties printed dress and Stephen Jones hat. Her three-quarter shaved head topped with a prim “samurai” bun also caught the gaze of many a hotel guest.

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