Alfred Taubman, the mall multimillionaire, pounds lighter and looking in the pink, made his first trip abroad since the recent unpleasantness that kept him away from the good life for a year. He was accompanied by his wife, Judy, and to welcome them to London, Lily Safra, the international philanthropist and hostess of note forever being described as one of the richest women in the world because that is exactly what she is, gave a small intimate dinner chez elle. Chez elle being at her beautiful house in Belgravia.
Lily seated her guests at two round tables, but instead of using flowers, she placed her beautiful collection of Meissen birds by Kandler in the center of each table. Everyone said “ahhh,” and rightly so. Everyone being Prince and Princess D’Arenberg, Viscount and Viscountess Blakenham, Dame Vivien Duffield, Sally and David Metcalfe, Lord and Lady Weidenfeld, Sir Mark and Lady Weinberg (she is the vivacious Anoushka Hempel who moves and shakes London society) and Robin Woodhead, the Sotheby’s big shot. Dainty dishes, all.
Nicole Kidman has introduced Lenny Kravitz to her father, Anthony. No word on whether he has introduced her to his family, but this certainly moves their friendship another step forward.
Mary Wells Lawrence, the icon queen of American advertising until she sold her New York company, Wells Rich Green, and her beloved John Calley, back in her life after 30 years during which both married others, have bought an impressive yacht in the South of France and sent it off to Holland for refitting. Then the boat returns to England where Mary, chicest of the chic, will decorate it à la Chanel. Only Mary. Though she is Chanel’s prize client, does this mean a camellia at every porthole and the crew done up by Karl Lagerfeld?