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In Heaven Above

Back in Paris during the 80s some of my friends were involved in fashion. World-class Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaia invited me to the their pret-de-porter shows and I was lucky enough to have known the most beautiful women in the world. Few were more exotic than Marpessa. Half-Dutch and half-Surinam, her beauty was frightening, […]

LONG PRONG by Peter Nolan Smith

One night at the Privilege in Paris I was talking to a Vogue cover girl and said, “My friend really likes you.” “Vonelli?” “Yes.” The bearded art dealer made me laugh and I like that in anyone. “Not a chance.” Brigitte was nicknamed Cruella. She had broken many hearts, but I was immune to her […]

Tennyson Walk the Isle of Wight 1985

December 1985 Vonelli invited Lizzie and me to the Isle of Wight. We were sitting in a Bastille cafe. Lizzie had a show on TV that night. Her song was playing on the radio. I had to work at the Balajo later. There wasn’t much holiday spirit on the Rue De La Roquette. “We’ll do […]