Capri is the place to be ... Horsing around in Rome ... The American Ballet Theatre celebrates opening night.

Ines Rivero

Ines Rivero

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Capri is more or less the place to be at the moment. Designer Michael Kors and Italian cashmere tycoon Sergio Loro Piana and his brother, Pier Luigi, have all been staying at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, along with various members of the Vuitton-lugging group. And Mariah Carey is expected in June for a long stay, so they say. The Regata dei Tre Golfi, a 170-mile sailboat race that began in 1954, was taking place last weekend. Pier Luigi, or "Pigi" to his many friends, captained a crew of 25 on his sailboat, the 83-foot-long My Song, and took first place in real time for the regatta. Miuccia Prada's husband, the mad sailor Patrizio Bertelli, and his boat, Ulisse, was signed up for the race, but in the end, didn't make it. Of course, those not staring at the boats were staring at the fashion show the onlookers provided. Sergio Loro Piana's wife, Luisa, wore a natty blue and white striped shirt and a navy Windmate bomber jacket lined in the same color cashmere while watching the action from the Ziacanaia, a 101-foot yacht, with close friends, who were all pretty natty themselves.


On Sunday, the action moved from the cliffs of Capri to the hills of Rome for the International Horse Show, which has been held in the Piazza di Siena since 1933. Princess Alessandra Borghese, in a green-and-pink print dress by Etro, and her very closest chum, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, in a white shirt embroidered with a blue fish by Prada and a navy cashmere sweater, watched the show from Loro Piana's marquee — Loro Piana being the patron of the Gran Premio Citta di Roma, the traditional closing competition. The two princesses had to leave right after lunch because they were due at the Vatican for a special mass. They are said to be great friends of the new pope, Benedict XVI, who has a house near Gloria's castle in Germany.
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