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December 14, 2012

ASMALLWORLD Hosts Its Third Annual Winter Weekend in Gstaad

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Harvey Weinstein is known for his auspicious timing. So it was a rare near-miss when, at ASMALLWORLD's black-tie gala at the Palace hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland on Saturday evening, he made the announcement that he would be donating $5,000 to the Alzheimer's Society in the name of Carey Mulligan's grandmother—during the few minutes Mulligan wasn't in the room.

Thankfully, the matter was happily resolved just a moment later, when, with the eyes of all 200-plus guests present turned on her, Mulligan rushed back in. She'd left to take a phone call. "I was chatting to my husband!" she exclaimed with a smile; and when Weinstein repeated the news of his gift, she wrapped him in a sweet, sincere embrace.

Weinstein's $5,000 represented just a fraction of the evening's intake—after a spirited raffle and a little wrangling from ASMALLWORLD chairman Patrick Liotard-Vogt, who drummed up individual donations from his most generous pals, the event ended up raising $92,500 for the Alzheimer's Society.

The gala was the crowning event of a busy weekend in Gstaad, the third of its kind curated by ASMALLWORLD, an invitation-only social network for influential people. Along with Weinstein and Mulligan, guests included Mamie Gummer, Teresa Missoni, Jefferson Hack, Poppy Delevingne, Lily Kwong, Waris Ahluwalia, model Arizona Muse and her adorable toddler son, Nikko, and Prince Alex Costiglione. Activities throughout the weekend included romantic horse-drawn carriage rides, a demonstration by expert watchmakers, and a convivial, traditional fondue lunch served at Wasserengrat, a mountain chalet perched at Alpine heights and accessible only by ski lift.

At Friday night's cocktail reception, guests received Pierre-Jouët Belle Epoque Rose Champagne flutes fizzing with stones dropped into the bottom of each—for most, very shiny crystals, but for two lucky winners, genuine Bucherer diamonds valued at over 10,000 Swiss Francs apiece. Model Tali Lennox won a pair of Bucherer earrings worth three times that much, which she wore to Saturday's gala; and when Johannes T. Barth, CEO of Sallfort Bank, let loose with an impromptu rendition of "Sweet Dreams" onstage during the dinner, we couldn't help but wonder whether it was in honor of Tali's famous mother, Annie.

After the gala, guests partied well into the evening at the Palace's nightclub, GreenGo; and it was a bleary-eyed but altogether satisfied bunch who convened on Sunday afternoon at the Zurich airport, prepared to be flown back to reality. —Alexandria Symonds

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