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The glitterati

September 24, 2017

Theresa Doyle (AKA ‘The Grim Eater’ and ‘The Phantom Mourner’)

by General

The Eva Harold of funerals was exposed in articles in the Mail on Sunday and The Sun in September 2017. Described as “sad but clearly deranged” and a “Burial Betsie” also, Theresa Doyle, aged 65, from Slough, Berkshire supposedly gatecrashes funerals, church masses and events at Sikh temples so that she can “pounce on the … Continue reading “Theresa Doyle (AKA ‘The Grim Eater’ and ‘The Phantom Mourner’)”

August 15, 2017

Andrew Warren

by General

New York socialite Andrew Warren is known primarily as the best friend of Donald Trump’s daughter, Tiffany. With 100,000 followers on Instagram and the creator of the Just Drew fashion brand, he is the son of a real estate investor and also counts fellow trustafarians Kyra Kennedy and Gaia Matisse amongst his ‘Snap Pack’ entourage. … Continue reading “Andrew Warren”

November 26, 2016

Gianna Lahainer

by General

“One-time secretary” Gianna Lahainer hit gold when she married a Palm Beach real estate tycoon named Frank Lahainer. He “indulged her every whim” and she is said to have a 25-carat engagement ring from Harry Winston, a white Rolls-Royce Corniche, a 32-carat sapphire, and a 26-carat emerald. When he died of leukemia and left her … Continue reading “Gianna Lahainer”

October 17, 2016

Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)

by General

America’s answer to Nigel Dempster went to school with Julianne Moore and later attended Yale University. A preppy entertainment reporter, Jeffrey Slonim was considered to be “a walking Ralph Lauren ad” and a “throwback to a gentler time”. He wrote for amongst others Allure, Gotham, People and The New York Post. An all-round good guy … Continue reading “Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)”

March 25, 2016

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

by General

A regular on the party circuit in London, self-described “International Man of Excellence” Oliver Rothschild was exposed by The Telegraph as a “fake Rothschild” in March 2016.

March 20, 2016

The Inspector Clouseau lookalike

by General

A new sidekick for David Pun in 2016, The Inspector Clouseau lookalike is undoubtedly also a fellow lover of free champagne.

The Ranting Crasher

by General

A lover of parties in Central London, little else is known of The Ranting Crasher.

February 25, 2016

Maya Henry (AKA “The It Girl with a Heart of Gold”)

by General

Not afraid of lavish gestures, American socialite Maya Henry was treated to a £1.4 million 15th birthday party by her personal injury specialist lawyer father Thomas J. Henry and his wife Azteca in February 2016.

August 15, 2015

Danielle Rollins

by General

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”.

August 10, 2015

The Iain Duncan Smith lookalike

by General

Hailing from Hertfordshire and a lover of free bubbly, the Iain Duncan Smith lookalike is seen at all the best bashes.

July 24, 2015

Lara Asprey (AKA “Lady Lara”)

by General

The founder of The Sloane Arranger describes herself as a “VIP matchmaker … to people who, let’s face it, are a little bit Sloaney”.

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

July 14, 2015

Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

by General

The daughter of the contentious author Count Nikolai Tolstoy, divorcée Alexandra Tolstoy is a woman who ridiculously claims to struggle to live on £10,000 per week.

June 23, 2015

Lady Elizabeth Anson

by General

The Queen’s party planner since 1960, Ladbroke Grove based Lady Elizabeth Anson is tee-total and doesn’t smoke.

June 10, 2015

Thomas Gilbert Jr.

by General

Privileged and 6’3” tall, Princeton graduate Thomas Gilbert Jr. stands accused of the January 2015 slaying of his hedge fund manager father Thomas Gilbert Sr.

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

May 10, 2015

Peter Cary Peterson (AKA “PC”)

by General

The grandson of the Blackstone Group co-founder, billionaire and former US Secretary of Commerce Peter George Peterson and the creator of Sesame Street Joan Ganz Cooney, Peter Cary Peterson starred in a reality show named NYC Prep aged 18 in 2009.

May 6, 2015

Sara Vestin Rahmani

by General

The Swedish born founder of the Bespoke Bureau staff-to-the-super-rich agency claims to “sound like one of the most British people you’ve ever met”.

April 14, 2015

Hermé de Wyman Miro

by Matthew Steeples

A Palm Beach based Austrian native, Hermé de Wyman Miro and her first husband Rene de Miro founded The International Society of Palm Beach

March 5, 2015

Kathy Prounis

by General

This interior decorator began her career in commercial design with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.

February 24, 2015

Elyse Newhouse (née Elyse Applebaum)

by General

This New York based philanthropist married the grandson of Advance Publications founder Samuel I. Newhouse, Sr. (1895 – 1979) in 1988.

February 16, 2015

Manthe Penton Harrap

by General

Featured on the BBC documentary Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair in February 2015, Manthe Penton Harrap tells her Twitter followers that she believes “health is wealth”.

January 31, 2015

Denis Doble

by General

This party loving, gift bag collecting sort hails from SW18 and is often spotted at the very same gatherings as his Facebook friend David Pun.

January 22, 2015

Justin Fichelson

by General

This San Francisco based realtor has a degree in history and describes himself as “discreet and confidential”.

January 14, 2015

Lady Annabel Goldsmith

by General

The hostess of “the event of the season”, mother of six Lady Annabel Goldsmith’s summer garden party at her home, Ormeley Park on the edge of Richmond Park, is attended by the great and the good.

December 27, 2014

Randy Harris

by General

The son of businessman King Harris and publishing heiress Anne Hearst McInerney, Randy Harris celebrated his 21st birthday party at the ‘21’ Club in 2012

December 23, 2014

Solomon Akhtar

by General

More “party boy” than “business man”

October 30, 2014

Brian Crawford ( – October 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

A director of Jermyn Street’s famous Tramp nightclub, affable Brian Crawford trained at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel and also worked at the Dome and Acanthus in Edinburgh.

October 14, 2014

James Gartshore-Boulter

by Matthew Steeples

Born in 1993, James Gartshore-Boulter describes himself as a “change manager”.

October 4, 2014

Alessandro Carnicella

by General

As head of brand promotion at Bugatti, Alessandro Carnicella is a man whose job is the envy of many.

September 30, 2014

Cole Rumbough

by General

Dubbed “the truest American royalty” by one fan, jazz singer Cole Rumbough grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the grandson of the actress Dina Merrill and the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

September 17, 2014

Ivan Pun

by General

Oxford educated Ivan Pun is plainly someone the party crasher David Pun would love to be. He features on Town & Country’s ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list, is described as liking “the international party circuit” and works in his father’s property development business, Serge Pun Associates (SPA), as head of corporate development. Yangon based and a … Continue reading “Ivan Pun”

August 22, 2014

Christie Brinkley

by General

The world’s third richest model, Christie Brinkley was born in Monroe, Michigan and has been married four times. A mother of three and a supporter of the Democratic Party, Brinkley is a vegetarian and owns vasts swathes of real estate in the Hamptons. Of her marriage to property developer Richard Taubman, she commented: “I have this … Continue reading “Christie Brinkley”

August 10, 2014

Scott Harvey-Nicholls

by General

He shares a similar sounding name with a department store but Scott Harvey-Nicholls is instead co-founding partner of Romelle Swire, a London and New York based firm that “develops enduring partnerships between talent and brands”. A former marketing director of Elizabeth Arden in both the UK and Australia, Harvey-Nicholls grew up in Manchester and studied at … Continue reading “Scott Harvey-Nicholls”

April 6, 2014

Nicky Rothschild (née Nicky Hilton)

by General

The sister of Paris Hilton met James Rothschild at the 2012 wedding of Petra Ecclestone and married the banking heir in July 2015.

March 21, 2014

Mr Frizzy

by Matthew Steeples

A regular on the art gallery circuit, this frizzy haired character appears on the list of suspected gatecrashers circulated by London art galleries. He does not number on a list of the greatest of conversationalists.  

December 15, 2013

The art loving duo

by Matthew Steeples

This pair never miss an art gallery opening night. Prosecco surely flows through their veins.

November 12, 2013

Lady Joan Oliphant Fraser

by Matthew Steeples

She wrote a book called The Champagne Diet and is often spotted in Pimlico. A partying sort, Oliphant Fraser is regularly found at London events and is never without a glass of her favourite tipple. Cheers not beers are the order of her life.

November 11, 2013

Ruth Madoff (née Ruth Alpern)

by General

The wife of the biggest Ponzi schemer in history claims she had no knowledge of what her husband – whom she’s since disowned but not divorced – did as chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC

October 25, 2013

Grant Harrold

by Matthew Steeples

A former under butler to Prince Charles, Lanarkshire born Harrold has morphed into “a Jeeves for hire”. He agreed an out of court settlement after being likened to the killer Raoul Moat and now charges £80 an hour for etiquette tips. He “adores” the Merchant Ivory film The Remains of the Day and claims to … Continue reading “Grant Harrold”

October 20, 2013

Denise Eisenberg Rich

by Matthew Steeples

Rich by name, rich by nature. This US-born Grammy nominated singer-songwriter’s billionaire ex-husband, Marc Rich, received a pardon on President Clinton’s last day in office after she’d given more than a million dollars to the Democratic Party and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. She renounced her US citizenship and became and Austrian … Continue reading “Denise Eisenberg Rich”

August 31, 2013

Tamsin Lonsdale

by Matthew Steeples

A Brit who redefined the concept of supper clubs in London, L.A., Miami and New York, Tasmin Lonsdale is the dynamo daughter of the jeans tycoon Tony Lonsdale and model Chekkie Maskell. An Edinburgh graduate who also does event planning, Lonsdale states that what makes for the best parties is a “great mix of people from … Continue reading “Tamsin Lonsdale”

August 17, 2013

“Lady” Sandra Bates

by Matthew Steeples

This voluptuous art dealer and public relations consultant goes by the name “Lady Sandra” and claims to have been “born in The Playboy Club”. She auditioned for Big Brother 2009 and drinks champagne for breakfast. Of life, this rather eccentric sort states: “I’m a very, very happy lady”. How terribly swell.

August 1, 2013

Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)

by Matthew Steeples

A wild socialite and daughter of an American textile industrialist, de Janzé is one of the best known members of Kenya’s notorious Happy Valley set and was one of those suspected of the 1941 murder of Lord Errol. This hedonist shot herself and her lover, Raymond de Trafford, in the Garde du Nord railway station … Continue reading “Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)”

July 14, 2013

Miriam “Muffie” Potter Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Married to one of the world’s most prominent cosmetic surgeons, this blonde East Coast socialite formerly was the executive vice president of marketing and advertising at Van Cleef & Arpels. Described as a “whirlwind” and a “staple at benefits”, New York based Potter Aston colour codes her closet and makes “it a point to not … Continue reading “Miriam “Muffie” Potter Aston”

May 15, 2013

Candy Spelling

by Matthew Steeples

With her screenwriter husband, this Californian socialite and writer built the largest home in Los Angeles County in 1988. She sold the 123-room property for $85 million in 2011 and then sued the developers of the $47 million apartment she moved into as they had failed to set up a restaurant in the building. Her … Continue reading “Candy Spelling”

May 10, 2013

The Bouquet of Christie’s

by Matthew Steeples

Always dressed to the nines and a prominent feature at Christie’s auction receptions, this lady plainly loves a perm as much as she likes antiques and fine art. She’d most definitely make a perfect body double for Hyacinth Bucket and Baroness Thatcher would, without doubt, have been green with envy over her collection of handbags.

April 26, 2013

Donna Air

by Matthew Steeples

This Geordie lass has most certainly done good. An actress and presenter, Air starred in Byker Grove at 13, had a daughter with Damian Aspinall at the age of 24 and began dating The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, in early 2013. Of her gilded life, she comments: “I always joke on Sunday morning, … Continue reading “Donna Air”

April 16, 2013

The Julian Assange lookalike

by Matthew Steeples

He parties here, he parties there, he parties absolutely everywhere. Some say he looks like Julian Assange and others comment on his champagne loving companion.

April 9, 2013

David Patrick Columbia

by Matthew Steeples

This gentleman giant is the editor-in-chief of Quest magazine and the founder of the New York Social Diary. A revered social chronicler, “DPC” as he is widely known, previously collaborated with Debbie Reynolds on her autobiography and has also variously been an actor and stockbroker. He is seen at all of New York’s best events … Continue reading “David Patrick Columbia”

March 18, 2013

The Autograph Hunter

by Matthew Steeples

He seeks them here, he seeks them there, he seeks those autographs everywhere. This character is undoubtedly London’s leading collector of signatures and often spotted at society parties. Of him, little else is known.

March 17, 2013

Fernando Peire

by Matthew Steeples

This genial host is undoubtedly amongst the best connected on the London restaurant scene. Born in Gibraltar, Peire became senior maitre d’ at The Ivy in 1990 and after stints advising others such as Morton’s, The Halcyon Hotel and the Villa Nova in Barbados, he returned to The Ivy in 2007 as director. Instrumental in … Continue reading “Fernando Peire”

March 16, 2013

Alexandra “Lexi” Abrams

by Matthew Steeples

Social yet serious, this talented Cambridge graduate is now the UK youth advisor for the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations in the UK.

March 7, 2013

David Pun

by Matthew Steeples

Some websites list him as the “buying director” of Harvey Nichols but their official website curiously fails to include him. This bow tie wearer is often to be found at parties in London but on many an occasion organisers have expressed surprise as to how he got in. There’s even a Twitter account in his … Continue reading “David Pun”

Georgia Davies

by Matthew Steeples

This stunning model also happens to be the mascot for Kensington’s Bodo’s Schloss and considers it her “home”. Marlborough educated Davies is signed to Elite London and can also regularly be found at Tonteria on Sloane Square. A true firecracker.

January 15, 2013

Ricardo Garcia

by Matthew Steeples

A former financier who is the brains behind New York’s Red Hot-Society media journal. He states his religious views as “crusader” to his 5,000 followers on Facebook and loves Saint Émilion wine. He certainly knows how to party and is also a whizz with a camera. Try and keep up with his itinerary at your … Continue reading “Ricardo Garcia”

July 11, 2012

Nell Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

This American makes Nell Gwynn seem positively tame. The daughter of the ex-chief of Barclay’s bank, Bob, doesn’t like being confused with the singer Neil Diamond but does enjoy discussing sex on Twitter. When she’s not hanging with Lauren Bush Lauren, this cool is kid is either shopping on the Kings Road or raising funds … Continue reading “Nell Diamond”

June 16, 2012

John B. Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

John B. Goodman sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in 2004 and founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This socialite and protégé of the $7 billion Ponzi-schemer Sir Allan Stanford, claimed: “I don’t know what happened” when put on trial for smashing his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson in … Continue reading “John B. Goodman”

May 29, 2012

Euan Rellie

by Matthew Steeples

Educated at Eton and Cambridge, this British born investment banker exploited the “special relationship” between America and Britain when he founded his Atlanticist dining society. With his stunning wife, the designer Lucy Sykes, he’s amongst New York’s most invited and he’s said to care very much about elegance. Always impeccably dressed, here’s a gent who … Continue reading “Euan Rellie”

May 5, 2012

Orlando Hamilton

by Matthew Steeples

Florist to the stars. “McFlower,” as he is affectionately known, sources the finest flowers from across the globe and transforms rooms with his imaginative style. His clients have included Sylvester Stalone, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. This “floral evangelist” must be second only to Nicky Haslam in the number of parties he attends.

April 27, 2012

Jacqueline Branston

by Matthew Steeples

Former model and society hostess who is now turning her hand to helping wealthy Chinese and Russians settle into London. “Jackie” briefly dated both Warren Beatty and George Hamilton. She’s a big fan of a late night toasted cheese sandwich at Annabel’s and can be found at the smartest of gatherings.

Paris Hilton

by Matthew Steeples

The great granddaughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels is best known for her phrase: “That’s hot” and a sex tape but she’s the one having the last laugh. She’s only in her early 30s but already worth $100 million.

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