Valentina Pedroni, the wife of Elizabeth Hurley’s latest catch, is in New York licking her wounds. She’s saying she and Hurley were friends until she saw pictures of her holding hands at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris with her husband, Arun Nayar, last month. Now she’s seeing pictures of them kissing in London and is ruing the day she introduced Hurley to him in St. Moritz last winter. Is the moral of this story never introduce your husband to a supermodel?
Nicolas Cage was whispering over dinner in London with Angelina Jolie but try as they might, no one overheard exactly what they were saying. Some guessed they might be comparing war stories from their respective marriages. Who doesn’t remember that Cage’s marriage to Lisa Marie last year lasted less than four months? And we all know about Angelina.
Henry Street Settlement held its preview party for the Art Show at the Seventh Regiment Armory last week and they all swept in to check out works by Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Lucien Freud, Alexander Calder and others of that brush and stroke. Among the 2,000 guests were Deeda Blair, looking over the Matisse drawing up for silent auction; Laura Slatkin; Howard Slatkin; Anne Bass; Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis; Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston, who said they were off to Aspen to take advantage of all the new powder; Evelyn and Leonard Lauder; Ronald Lauder; Pilar Crespi; Marcia and Richard Mishaan, who took home a Robert Indiana numerical, and Dale Burch, the chairman of the night, who is thrilled to report that $750,000 was raised.
Many of the same troops will be marching to the Armory next week for the Wendy International Antiques Show to benefit Kids of NYU on March 6. The chairmen of the show are Vera Wang, Alice Tisch, Julie Minskoff and Ian Cohn, and the design committee includes such decorating icons as Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Bunny Williams, Joanne de Guardiola, Charlotte Moss and Jamie Drake, who will be among the throngs wandering through the European garden setting as they check out the art and furniture from as long ago as the 16th century in Italy, France and Argentina.