At home and at his exclusive London clubs, Mark Birley insisted on
having the best. Now his luxe loot is on the block.
Sir Oswald Birley was a distinguished painter of society, royalty,
captains of industry, maharajahs, heads of state and poor little rich
girls—but also a distinguished father. If he had never lifted a brush
he would still be fabulous, thanks to his remarkable children and
When it came to wild parties, no one could best this princess.
Christopher Petkanas chats with the german aristocrat who gave up the
go-go era for God.
As Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith knew as well as
anyone, it's about the company you keep. Smith—better known as the
singer, dancer and saloonkeeper Bricktop—ruled nightlife in Paris and
Biarritz before World War II and, after it, in Mexico City and Rome.
Hélène Rochas survived the Occupation of Paris, the death of Dior,
Cuisine Minceur, Pierre Cardin’s hijacking of Maxim’s, Ultrasuede, the
Hustle—and only just barely, the early spread of AIDS.
A new, intimate film on Diana Vreeland ventures well beyond her fabulous
wit and wardrobe. Christopher Petkanas gets a sneak preview.