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eye-dan-stevens04.jpgActor Dan Stevens, who made his name by playing Matthew Crawley -- a pivotal character who combined stalwart decency and a great deal of romantic appeal -- on the phenomenally successful British TV series "Downton Abbey," has a number of new projects in the works. (The fourth season, the first without Matthew, is currently on PBS in the U.S.)

THE INN CROWD: A self-professed fan of hotel living, Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to design two luxurious suites at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, currently undergoing a major renovation and slated to reopen in 2015.

On the second day of the new year, the latest outpost of Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in New York's SoHo neighborhood. The sun was setting on a crucial day, but holding court in one of the restaurant's red leather banquettes was chef Marco Barbisotti, sipping from a cup of espresso, the very image of Italian sprezzatura. He has been through many of these openings before.

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