Big day without a lot of family
IT WILL be a bittersweet celebration in the house of Rinehart when youngest daughter Ginia, heir apparent to her mother's vast mining empire, marries her fiance Ryan Johnston, son of Beach Boy Bruce.
The word from Perth is that Ginia, the only one of Gina Rinehart's four children who is not suing her over the multibillion-dollar family trust set up for them by their grandfather, the late Lang Hancock, has been busy making preparations for the wedding. But exactly where and when it will happen is shrouded in secrecy.
Next week Ginia's big sister Bianca will grace the pages of Vogue Australia in a fashion shoot. Sadly, it is likely to be the closest the sisters will get to seeing each other for the forseeable future.
Elegant ... Ann Peacock's portrait at Crown Casino. Photo: Supplied
Neither of Ginia's three siblings, Bianca John or Hope, are expected to attend the wedding.
The couple have been dating for more than a year, and it was Bruce Johnston who let the cat out of the bag last month during the Beach Boys tour of the city. He told reporters he intended to return to Perth for his son's wedding.
Ginia and Ryan met at the Institut Le Rosey, the $120,000-a-year private boarding school in Switzerland considered to be one of the most exclusive schools in the world.
Catwalk ovation ... Diane von Furstenberg at her fashion show.
It is Ginia who has stood by her mother in the Supreme Court dispute involving her siblings' claims that their mother was ''deceptive, manipulative, hopelessly conflicted and disgraceful'' after delaying by 57 years the date they would get their trust funds.
In March Ginia publicly chastised her siblings over the legal action, accusing them of having ''a selfish sense of entitlement''.
Her brother John had already made a dig, referring to the $1.2 million Rolls-Royce she was given by her mother when she turned 25.
Ginia shot back: ''I feel great sympathy towards him that he feels the need to create such falsities and spread them globally.
''I stand firmly on my own principles right next to my mother because it is the right and just thing to do.''
Another kind of photo finish
IT IS the ultimate honour within the Australian horse racing community: to have one's portrait hung in the foyer of Melbourne's Crown Casino during the spring racing carnival.
Each year the collection, Photo Finish, grows. This year portraits of Bart Cummings's grandson James Cummings, a fourth generation trainer in the making, and Melbourne society queen Ann Peacock have been added.
A day at Flemington is not complete without Peacock, who appears in her portrait wearing a traditional monochromatic Derby Day outfit, complete with a wild headpiece by Philip Treacy.
Peacock, who admitted to PS this week she had walked past her image several times before realising it was her, joins her mother in the collection, Lady Susan Renouf, who took home her Melbourne Cup in 1980, when her then husband Robert Sangster triumphed with Beldale Ball.
These days Lady Renouf uses it as a rose vase, but back in 1980 it joined her on a globetrotting round of cocktail parties.
Once, aboard a flight to London, where she had the cup sitting at her feet after stashing it in her carry-on luggage, a flight attendant noticed it and asked if the crew could have a sip of champagne from it. Lady Renouf agreed, but on the condition it went around the the whole plane. ''I was told the plane ran out of champagne before Bombay,'' she recalls.
Another portrait shows Gai Waterhouse indulging in her other high-speed passion: skiing.
Waterhouse is one of the many snow bunnies swishing down the slopes of Aspen. This year her son Tom Waterhouse and his wife, Hoda, have joined the collection.
Saturday night fever for fashion
IT HAS been a busy week for big name fashion stars.
On Thursday night Chanel launched its Little Black Jacket exhibition inside the wharf on Hickson Road, with 600 guests who partied on through the night at a specially built disco, with a Chanel theme and a flashing dance floor, inspired by Saturday Night Fever, for the likes of Jenny Kee and Fran Ingham.
On Wednesday night Diane von Furstenberg swept into town and hosted a fashion show and party atop the Westfield mother ship on Castlereagh Street. Skye Leckie, Siimon Reynolds and wife, Kathryn Eisman, Jessica Rowe, the indefatigable Kerri-Anne Kennerley, and corporate high-flyer Irene Deutsch all turned up to worship the von Furstenberg show.
They were joined by a gaggle of super rich Hong Kong socialites and their husbands, who had flown in especially for the event, including billionaire Seng Huang Lee and his wife Peggy along with Linda and David Ting.
Everyone was referring to the designer, who is based in New York, by her initials, D. V. F; the designer herself adding that even her husband, billionaire media mogul Barry Diller often refers to her by the moniker.
Von Furstenberg's unconventional marriage, her second after divorcing Prince Egon von Furstenberg in 1972, has long raised eyebrows. Diane revealed the couple do not live together during the week, living in their respective New York abodes, however they spend weekends together.
There is increasing concern among friends of millionaire larrikin adman John Singleton about his ticker. Singo, recently spotted sipping water at his Bellevue Hotel, was not returning calls on the subject of his health, however it has emerged he was flown back to Sydney from St Tropez aboard Gina Rinehart's jet after he became unwell at businessman Jack Cowin's June birthday celebrations. In April he spent a night in hospital following another cardiac episode, just two months after he took ill with a similar condition. Singleton has previously said he has had an unspecified heart condition since he was 26.
PACKING THEM IN
Expect to see James Packer's new $50 million yacht Sea Horse on the harbour for New Year's Eve celebrations. The giant cruiser, which PS revealed yesterday had arrived in Darwin en route to Sydney, can accommodate 12 guests and up to 18 crew members. It joins an extensive Packer armada, the biggest of which remains the former ocean-going tug the Arctic P, which the late Kerry Packer had converted into a luxury cruiser. A decade ago James bought his first boat, a high-performance speed boat called Carpe Diem. That was followed by a much larger Mangusta 165 which set the billionaire back $50 million in 2007. However Packer soon got rid of the boat as its thundering jet engines and aerodynamic styling meant he could be heard and seen every time he decided to take it on the harbour. The Mangusta was replaced with a slightly smaller Leopard 46, which he later sold for about $25 million in preparation for the latest, multi-decked gin palace.
Rupert Murdoch's Twitter feed is a mostly prosaic affair with regular offerings on his view of world politics and events. However this week the 81-year-old media mogul posted two very personal photos, one showing him with his eldest son, Lachlan, during his trip to Australia last month, the other a shot with his youngest daughter, Chloe.