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The pedigree of the residence is impressive, having been the home of Phil Spector; the original Catwoman, Eartha Kitt; and Frank Mancuso Jr. Ne plus ultra hostess Thrash had arranged for two official Lucullan feasts as part of the itinerary. The first dinner was held at the 1957 mid-century home of Eugenio Lopez, designed by Wayne McAllister. Among the international jet-set, he's a familiar name, as his seating card is often found at the most gilded of tables. He's the founder of Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo and Museo Jumex and is considered one of the most important contemporary collectors in the world — simply check any list, such as ARTNews Top 100. Given that the evening was sponsored by Vacheron Constantin and LVMH wines and spirits, those attending knew it was time to break out their most eye-catching ensembles. As the soigné crowd meandered through the home making their way to dinner, they marveled at the works on view by Richard Prince, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Handsome NYC-based interior designer Lance Scott remarked, "The art is insane. Those Louise Bourgeois spiders were a sexy prelude for this magical poolside dinner." Another highlight for Scott was sitting near one of the band members from Good Charlotte. We both laughingly acknowledged that we didn't know which one, but we knew that he was married to Cameron Diaz. Or Nicole Ritchie … Forgive our late- Gen X memory. We spied Dallas' Christen Wilson in a corner, catching up with longtime friend Gela Nash-Taylor, a former actress and the designer behind the global phenomenon Juicy Couture; she's married to Duran Duran heartthrob John Taylor. The final evening, which Thrash lovingly dubbed La Grande Nuit, was held at the formidable Holmby Hills estate of the Honorable Colleen Bell and Bradley Bell. The itinerary proclaimed: "Formal black-tie dinner." Colleen, a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, and Bradley, a multi-Emmy Award-winning writer/ producer, opened their art-filled home for cocktails and seated dinner in a dazzling tent on the grounds of their estate. For those not in the know, that neighborhood was once aptly described to me thus: "Beverly Hills is where the working rich live, and Holmby Hills is where those that might not need work reside." The residences are all grand but given the imposing gates around many of those sequestered manses, passersby would never suspect. Such was the case with the Bells'. Billy Fong, Crystal Lourd, Nickki St. George Lucinda & Javier Loya Roger Klein, Chris Levine Mary Ta, Terresa Snyder Esthella Provas Abel Castro Moll & Charlie Anderson Bob & Myrna Schlegel Crystal Lourd Brian Bolke David Katzenberg Benji Madden Said Matuk (Continued) 25

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