Fabian Basabe Goes in the Back DoorThe former “It” boy is relegated to sneaking in the back door of a party. Also in our gossip roundup: Ryan Phillippe’s new girlfriend creepily gets the same haircut as ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, and the honor for most annoying book deal of the year so far goes to…
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‘Crain’s’ Introduces Us to Cute New New Yorkers, Reveals Secrets About OthersLike anyone else, we love 40-under-40 lists. Browsing them is like browsing Internet personal ads, except we don’t feel embarrassed for the people on them, because they didn’t place the ads themselves, and we don’t feel as embarrassed for ourselves, because you know, we’re not really looking. So, after we got over the searing disappointment of not being on Crain’s 40-under-40 list (for some reason they only picked rich, good-looking, successful people!), we enjoyed perusing the video profiles of some of the cute New Yorkers on it. Such as Frédéric de Narp, the CEO of Cartier North America, who gestures with his hands and appears to be totally not wearing a wedding ring is totally unfortunately married; Robert Hammond, the co-founder of Friends of the High Line, who’s so nerdy-cute that we almost forgot how much the publicity surrounding the High Line bugged us; and Pilar Guzman, the editor-in-chief of Cookie, who is so appealing that we almost forgot we hate children! This being what it is, the videos are short on juice, but we did glean a few things.
Jack and Suzy Welch Envy Each Other
Last night moguls and media types gathered to celebrate the revamp of Business Week. Henry Kissinger, Dylan Lauren, Atoosa Rubenstein, and Alexis Stewart (Martha’s daughter) all rallied at Guastavino’s to toast editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. Michael Eisner praised the redesign and then got down to business with us about — what else? — the Fox Business Network.”When you have Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes doing a project, you can’t discount it,” he told us. “So I suspect it will be competitive and successful.” Eisner reminded us that he has his own show on CNBC, a network he thinks is “pretty entrenched and well done.” “I think it will be a long time before they’re taken over the way CNN was taken over by Fox News,” he said. “It’s not really analogous.”
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Socialites Shmocialites “I never got the whole socialite thing,” Dylan Lauren tells the Wall Street Journal’s Wealth Report today, which explores the plight of those exceptional New York rich ladies who work because they want to, not because they have to. “I mean, what do they do?” the daughter of Ralph, whose photograph appears 377 times on PatrickMcMullan.com, continued. “Sit around and have lunch? Wear dainty clothes and go to balls? I’d go nuts.” Dylan, after all, is a businesswoman. She runs a very important candy store, the success of which has nothing to do with where she came from or who she is. “Maybe it’s just my personality. But being a socialite has no appeal,” she said. I mean right? If only all the young heiresses in the city were like Dylan, and arose at sunrise to till the earth. Oh wait. They do!