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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gstaad, the Swiss village populated by farmers and billionaires, is ablaze this season. Among those schussing and founding are Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Dimitri Goulandris, Roman Polanski and Emmanuelle Seigner, Laurence Graff, Lady Liliana and Lord William Cavendish and their children, Georgiana and Edward, Eugenia Bullock, Daniel Voron, Victoria Wyman, Patricia and Henry Hay and their dapper son, Julian Hay, who leads the pack of pretty young things who go to Le Rosey and dance ‘til dawn at the GreenGo. Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti gave their annual posh dinner at their chalet, Gifferhorn, which was a tad calmer because of Madonna’s absence due to her legal kerfuffle with her son, Rocco. Annus horribilis! Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein and their children were staying at the Palace Hotel, which remains, at 102, the heart of this hamlet’s social scene. Its One Night in Venice masquerade ball was the talk of Europe, and if I told you everyone was given a quarter pound of beluga to kick off the night I’d be on target. The Alpina Hotel put on a Welcome to Rio

extravaganza on New Year’s Eve, orchestrated by the owner’s dashing son, Nachson Mimran. The decor included a replica of Rio’s landmark statue Christ the Redeemer and enough feathers and plumes to outfit the Folies Bergère for a decade. The night’s pièce de résistance was the arrival of scantily clad dancers who waved strategically placed fans to keep the modest from fainting. Quel scandale! Le beau monde was still dancing on tables at 8 a.m. The next day, the Alpina produced a pyrotechnics show that lit the sky on fire for 60 minutes at a rumored cost of one million Swiss francs. Other Gstaad regulars include HRH Crown Prince Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece and their divine daughter, Princess Maria-Olympia, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark, Pia Getty, Sharon Handler Loeb and Ambassador John Loeb, Anne Hathaway and Yoko Ono. You’ll find all the above lunching at the Eagle, the only private club that counts. Members include Taki Theodoracopulos, Roger Moore and others too blue-blooded to mention. Who else would tell you these things?

The Goring

Kate Middleton, who can be found traversing the slopes in Courchevel, France, along with Prince William and Victoria and David Beckham, has an artistic streak. The Duchess of Cambridge’s handiwork can be found in the lobby of the Goring Hotel, which has been in the same

family for four generations. Kate chose the hotel’s splendid Royal Suite to bunk in the night before she married Prince William, and you can stay there yourself for $8,000 a day. After 105 years, the hotel closed briefly last year for a stylish refurbishment. The lobby’s hand-painted wallpaper has a unicorn with the royal insignia to symbolize the fact that this is the only hotel in London with a royal warrant from the queen. The duchess painted the mane of this mystical creature as a creative “ribbon cutting” moment. Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her daughter Queen Elizabeth have all had tea regularly at the Goring, looking out over its lush private garden. The hotel has been

considered an annex to Buckingham Palace for eight decades. Prince Harry has even sipped Champagne in the Goring’s elegant red-lacquered bar but was recently spotted at Sexy Fish, London’s new Asian hotspot, with sizzling cuisine and sensational details that include topless blue mermaids by Damien Hirst and giant floating fish and an enormous black alligator by Frank Gehry. Other habitués here include Kate Moss and Rita Ora.

The Princess Royal & Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor in Wiltshire, England, was a private home until 2003 with deep royal ties. Anne, the Princess Royal, returned to Whatley to cut the cake created by Martin Burge, the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef and launch the sponsorship of the Whatley Manor International Gatcombe Horse Trails named after the princess’s estate. The hotel is also a favorite of Kevin Spacey, who has been spotted in the private screening room and relaxing in their world-class spa. Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips rides down the road at Lucknam Park’s beautiful Equestrian Center. Ask Jon Moorhouse, “the Cotswalds Chauffeur,” to drive you to Lucknam and explain the history of this stately home that dates back to 1066. The hotel’s acclaimed restaurant is headed by chef Hywel Jones, who’s been at the helm of the Michelin-starred restaurant since 2004. I’d tell you who stays here, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

What’s Hot in Palm Beach

Campion Platt is the Design Chair for Scott Diament’s Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. There will be a billion dollars’ worth of treasures from 170 international dealers, a lecture series with Gordon Lewis and Ron Cavalier and designer showcases by Lars Bolander and Christopher Coleman. The event opens at the Palm Beach Convention Center on February 10. The booths feature unique collectibles including Elvis Presley’s walking stick that turns into a sword from M.S. Rau Antiques, an 1880 diamond necklace from Pat Sailing, and a Napoleonic III table from Newel.

Seasonal Scents at Symrise

Kick Kennedy regaled guests with tales from her Perfumer’s Trek to Madagascar to learn about sustainable vanilla production from Symrise, the world’s second largest health and wellness company. “We take care of your whole family including the cat, the dog and the goldfish!” quipped Achim Daub, president of the company’s Scent & Care division, which has produced fragrances for Marc Jacobs, Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan. The party held at the 1 Hotel Central Park was attended by master perfumers including David Apel and Emilie Coppermann. Also in the mix were Symrise’s Béatrice Mouleyre, Isabelle Vacheret and Rhona Stokols.

Safari Roundup

Ethel Kennedy presented the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award to Apple CEO Tim Cook, UNESCO ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis, Congressman John Lewis and Evercore co-founder Roger Altman. . . . Interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper celebrated their firm being named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 list, the ne plus ultra of designer accolades, at the Whitney Museum . . . . Andrew Heiberger, the CEO of TOWN Residential, one of the city’s leading luxury real estate services firms, hosted the company’s 5th anniversary party at TAO. The gala dinner drew 1,000 revelers, including Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle, NY Knick Langston Galloway, NY Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, Sabrina Stansberry, Gannon Forrester, Itzy Garay and Bo Poulsen. Heiberger announced that more than $8.5 billion in total sales and leasing deals had been made since the company’s inception. 


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