Andrew Hornery

Andrew Hornery

Senior journalist Andrew Hornery is the man behind The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney column, keeping tabs on everyone from socialites to social climbers. If they are worth knowing about, you can bet they are on the PS radar.

Karl Kwok's Aussie ties run deep

Andrew Hornery It was something of a family homecoming for Hong Kong department store baron Karl Kwok on Hamilton Island this week.

Sailing just one of the attractions of Hamilton Island's Race Week

Isobel Lucas on Hamilton Island

Andrew Hornery Between the fashion parades, cocktail soirees and gourmet dinners around Hamilton Island this week, it's a wonder any yachts make it onto the azure waters of the Whitsundays to go racing.

Disastrous debut

Private Sydney: Barbra Streisand's glamorous Instagram debut unleashes vitriol

Barbra Streisand

Andrew Hornery First of all, let me just put a disclaimer out there – I am a BIG fan of Barbra Streisand (no real surprises there, eh?), and I have nothing against cute dogs.

Zahra's exit the first of many changes ahead for David Jones

Former chief executive Paul Zahra is being retained as a consultant at David Jones for the next three months.

Andrew Hornery While the tears were flowing inside the David Jones ballroom on Tuesday morning as Paul Zahra addressed 500 of his staff informing them he was leaving the chief executive's post following South...

Vegas: Aussies take to the Strip

Andrew Hornery James Packer is not the only Australian with big plans for Las Vegas.

Gina Rinehart movie to be a lesson in feisty behaviour

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery The silence from Gina Rinehart's office this week was deafening when PS approached her for a comment on the new Channel Nine telemovie based on her life.

A fairly lame joke

Nothing funny about racial stereotyping Delta Goodrem

Delta Goodrem

Andrew Hornery While much effort is made in Australian sport to counteract racism, the same cannot be said for the entertainment business.

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Private Sydney: Blanchett in Oscars Armani makes Vanity Fair's Best Dressed

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery Clearly there was some other big news around this week, but PS feels compelled to note the very poor showing from Australia in this week's release of style bible Vanity Fair's "International Best...

'New Miranda Kerr' Mary Stickley, 14, wins Dolly's Model Search competition

Mary Stickley

Andrew Hornery She is already being hailed as "the new Miranda", but at 14 years of age, Mary Stickley is still coming to terms with being named the Dolly magazine Model Search 2014 winner, rather than...

Once you're over 40, you're too old to count

Downton Abbey

Andrew Hornery Hey, TV programmers, Andrew Hornery would appreciate some shows that a middle-aged (or older) guy would like to watch.

Unexpected paws in Billich travel plan

Charles and Christa Billich with her pomeranian Charlie.

Andrew Hornery Two of PS's favourite regulars, Charles and Christa Billich are certainly not down, but they are most definitely out in Beverly Hills.

Ruined chateau proves a revelation

Andrew Hornery It started off as an idea to buy a holiday house in somewhere like the southern highlands for Karina Waters and her urologist husband Craig Waters.

David Jones fears clash of cultures

Jessica Gomes at the launch of David Jones' spring summer fashion.

Andrew Hornery Behind the glossy lips, designer duds and flash bulbs going off at Wednesday night's slick spring summer fashion launch, all is not as it seems inside Sydney's grand dame of department stores, David...

Love tussles over girls from Gunnedah

Marriage split: Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom.

Andrew Hornery What an absurd spectacle we have witnessed this week involving James "Fresh Prince of Barangaroo" Packer trying to dodge paparazzi in New York to catch up with his girlfriend Miranda Kerr while...

Clash-free partying marks an anniversary

Andrew Hornery Eat your heart out, Edina Monsoon!

Off to Market: Slice of history may be up for grabs as David Jones looks at offloading city store

Jessica Gomes

Andrew Hornery In 1954 the grand ballroom atop David Jones' flagship Elizabeth Street store, with its soaring ceilings, imposing columns and huge arched windows overlooking Hyde Park and St Marys, hosted a young...

MH17 disaster

Madonna and Gabi Grecko have their heads in the clouds

Madonna

Andrew Hornery Madonna and Geoffrey Edelsten's bride-to-be show how not to react to an airline tragedy.

Private Sydney: In Lew of marriage, Rosie may get $300 million

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery Last week she was known to PS only as billionaire Solomon Lew's Greek goddess.

Thorpe

Why is being gay an issue?

Out: Ian Thorpe has acknowledged on TV that he is gay.

Andrew Hornery As the likes of Ian Thorpe knows only too well, staying in the closet is not as easy as one might think, especially when you are a celebrity.

Life in the celebrity closet

Thorpe highlights warped priorities

Ian Thorpe

Andrew Hornery As the likes of Ian Thorpe knows only too well, staying in the closet is not as easy as one might think, especially when you are a celebrity.