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A Small World “Shutting Down”, Coming Back “Better Than Ever”

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An email sent out to members of the once-legendary social networking site A Small World from the lovely Sabine Heller, current CEO, stated they are taking the site down for a re-do. This follows a February 2013 sent internally to members stating unused invitations would expire March 1st, and the site would accept no new members. This also follows an email sent out last fall advising preferred users that the site would be weeding out some members.

A mix of the website changing hands, opening membership to a wider base, and having low tech functionality caused the once trusting and avid base of the site, where one could loan yachts, join a truffle hunt, or procure Oscar tickets, to loose interest.

Some say the post 2004 era of users was the main dropping point while others call it the bump in users to 250,000. In any case, early adopters of the site all maintain the Camelot moment of ASW was so phenominal, they would get back on board for another round, if it were the same.

ASW founder Erik Wachtmeister launched a new site called Best of All Worlds last year to bring over his intial base.

The email to members mentioned that much of the site’s content may not be available when they re-launch. Most will concur, the forums were the site’s main highlight and major asset. Those who valued those online chats, should go copy down the cell for the maitre d’ at Scott’s!

We look forward to seeing a new and improved ASW soon.

UPDATE: Per a webmaster on the social networking site: “We’re unable to confirm just how long the site will be offline, but please expect that it will be for at least for a couple of days while we prepare to launch the new site. It should be in approximately one month.”

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Vanity Fair 2012 Best-Dressed List is Out!

Vanity Fair’s international best-dressed list is out — literally our favorite day of the year to see all the fashionable friends of the Truffle, and other heirs and celebs get  recognized and rated . Obviously Kate Middleton and Jessica Chastain topped the list, but there were also the astute inclusions such as Bil Cunningham made the list this year with his trademark $2 workman’s coat from the drugstore, or Lea Seydoux whose family owns everything in France and who played the irresistibly French shop keeper in Midnight in Paris. She is also slated to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast with Vincent Cassel (thump, thump) and Gérard Depardieu.  Watch out — there are over 100 photos here and more in their issue out this month. See VF.com

In summary …

INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: WOMEN

  • H.R.H. THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE, Kate Middleton, wife of the future King of England
  • JESSICA CHASTAIN, actress
  • H.H. SHEIKHA MOZA BINT NASSER OF QATAR, wife of H.H. the Emir of Qatar and UNESCO special envoy for basic and higher education
  • H.R.H. CROWN PRINCESS MARY OF DENMARK, wife of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, future King of Denmark
  • DIANE KRUGER, actress
  • ALICIA KEYS, musician
  • CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI, fourth in line to the throne of Monaco and Gucci model
  • FAN BINGBING, actress
  • LÉA SEYDOUX, actress and model
  • ELETTRA WIEDEMANN, fashion model, entrepreneur, and aspiring triathlete

INTERNATIONAL BEST-DRESSED LIST: MEN

  • PRINCE HARRY, Apache Helicopter pilot with the Royal Army Air Corps
  • TOM BRADY, quarterback for the New England Patriots
  • JAY-Z, rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur
  • MATT LAUER, Today show co-anchor
  • MORLEY SAFER, 60 Minutes correspondent
  • VICTOR CRUZ, wide receiver for the New York Giants
  • RICHARD E. GRANT, actor, screenwriter, and director
  • EDDIE REDMAYNE, actor
  • VITO SCHNABEL, art dealer
  • IKÉ UDÉ, artist, founder of aRUDé magazine

FASHION PROFESSIONALS

  • ERIKA BEARMAN, senior vice president of global communications at Oscar de la Renta
  • STACEY BENDET, C.E.O. and creative director, Alice & Olivia by Stacey Bendet
  • POPPY DELEVINGNE, model, actress, and British Fashion Council ambassador
  • FARIDA KHELFA, actress, director, and ambassador of Schiaparelli
  • MATTEO MARZOTTO, president of Vionnet
  • STELLA McCARTNEY, fashion designer
  • ROBERT RABENSTEINER, fashion editor at L’Uomo Vogue
  • ULYANA SERGEENKO, designer
  • CARLOS SOUZA, worldwide brand ambassador for Valentino

COUPLES

  • COLIN FIRTH, actor, and LIVIA FIRTH, film producer and creative director of Eco Age
  • LAUREN SANTO DOMINGO, contributing editor for Vogue and creative director of Moda Operandi, and ANDRÉS SANTO DOMINGO, music executive
  • GINEVRA ELKANN, film producer and chairman of the Pinacoteca Agnelli, and GIOVANNI GAETANI DELL’AQUILA d’ARAGONA, farmer/agricultural entrepreneur

OTHERS OF NOTE

  • ARKI BUSSON, financier
  • LIZZIE TISCH, consultant
  • OZWALD BOATENG, fashion designer
  • H.S.H. PRINCE HEINRICH VON UND ZU FÜRSTENBERG, entrepreneur
  • H.R.H. PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF GREECE, child-life specialist
  • BILL CUNNINGHAM, photographer
  • MICHELLE HARPER, brand consultant
  • JEAN PIGOZZI, entrepreneur, photographer, and art collector

List via Daily Front Row