.this week has been a busy one, exciting and all that-and it's just dawning on Me that I spent what will be long remembered at a magical evening at Dawnridge! The place is surrounded by a Scheherazade induced haze. The Garden, the host Hutton Wilkinson, Ruth be-wreathed in a clam shell size gold encrusted collar-and what was it? Pearls-that seems likely, but could that be possible?
Hutton announced last night that he will be writing a book based in part on the last ten years of Elsie de Wolfe's life. Tony Duquette and Elsie de Wolfe planned Elsie's Beverly Hills house After All in 1941, when Lady Mendl was forced to exit France during World War II.
I selected Elsie's rooms at the Villa Trianon as one of my Five Most Inspiring Places I've Never Been for the panel discussion at West Week mentioned in an earlier posting.
Ruth and Hutton in there new digs-that float magically into the original Dawnridge
as seen in Harper's Bazaar
Hutton José Wilkinson-Tejada, and in 2008, the king of Spain issued a letter of succession granting Wilkinson rights to the hereditary title of the 4th Count of Alastaya.
the story of After All on the Tony Duquette site here