The best thing about birthdays is that it gives your friends old and new, near and far, a reason to reach out and tell you they are thinking of you. For most of us, that means flurry of activity on our Facebook wall, but if you're Lynn Wyatt, it means a retrospective of your life by Vanity Fair, with effusive commentary from friends like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Sarah Ferguson.
Appearing in the February issue of Vanity Fair, which hit newsstands today, the article is the latest splash in honor of Wyatt's 80th birthday, notably following the Grand Gala Ball at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which was essentially held in her honor last October. As writer James Reginato reminds us, the event included a video address from Elton John, who became close friends for the usual reasons, a shared love of style and neighboring villas in the French Riviera.
"You’re the most glamorous person I know,” said Sir Elton on the video, which is basically the same as declaring La Lynn the most glamorous person on the planet, period.
The article covers Wyatt's teenage stint as a salesgirl in her family's department store, husband Oscar's brief time in jail, her downsized River Oaks house (which includes a Helmut Newton-themed powder room), and the image of Wyatt catching an errant champagne cork midair in the dining room of the Carlyle Hotel in New York. The bottle of champagne? Hers, of course.