The Bush nieces, Lauren and Ashley, pick their inaugural dresses ... Pole dancing, the latest craze ... On the market for a cool $17.9 million.

Lauren Bush, President Bush’s niece, is just back from Australia, where she spent her semester abroad studying art history and anthropology at the University of Sydney. Lauren, an Elite model, did a shoot for Australian Vogue just before she left and, showing she has a serious side, stopped off in Sri Lanka on her way home on behalf of the U.N. World Food Program, whose mission is to bring awareness of how Americans can continue to help the victims of the tsunami.

Naturally, Lauren will be attending Uncle George’s inaugural festivities with her 16-year-old sister, Ashley, who’s been studying acting in New York. Lauren went straight from the airport to Peter Som and Ralph Lauren to pick out the perfect outfits to wear to the inauguration, the balls and the party that her cousins, Jenna and Barbara, are giving. As for sister Ashley, she will go to Diane von Furstenberg and Holly Kristen for her dresses. Those young Bush ladies certainly know their minds. That’s no news. It runs in the family.


Move over, yoga and Pilates, the latest exercise craze in certain circles is pole dancing. Lucy Liu does it and Natalie Portman took lessons while preparing for her part in “Closer.” This tempted her co-stars, Jude Law and Clive Owen, to try it. Jude was hooked immediately and started taking lessons. “It’s the de rigueur style of exercise now in London, and it’s very good for the upper thigh and the deltoid,” says the “Alfie” star, who plans to install one in the house he will share with his bride-to-be, Sienna Miller. It’s a little early to remark that the family that poles together, stays together, but at least they’ll always have those lovely upper thighs and deltoids.


Anne Slater’s grand and glorious Fifth Avenue apartment — it’s as glamorous as she is, all 17 rooms of it — is now for sale for $17.9 million. It’s the perfect place to give a party. It may be too big for Anne now, but when she was married to the late Denniston Slater, their parties and their guests were the talk of the town. Any town. Through its marble portals and stunning spaces passed some of the creamiest of international society. And it was there that Bill Buckley enchanted the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by playing the guitar and singing love songs in Spanish. But the most fascinating guest of all was Rosie, a very big, very white bear who, hearing a smashing party was going on chez Slater, dropped in with his trainer. One of them had a bottle of a beer and one of them wet the floor. God knows how many chic parties Rosie was invited to after that. She got to be quite the social climber, but drunk or sober, she was always a lady.
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