Nicole Kidman, Princess Mary among the Christmas returnees in Sydney

Beaming with pride as he watched his partner address the high-power room, Edgerton took his principal brother with him nash and her parents.

But one famous name was not mentioned that night: Centenera’s longtime fashion buddy KanyeWest, now known as Ye. Centenera has spent years styling his runway shows and helping dress his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.

Christine Centenera and Ye (formerly Kanye West).

Christine Centenera and Ye (formerly Kanye West).Credit:Getty, A.P

Centenera’s close relationship with the outspoken singer has raised eyebrows after she worked on his controversial Paris runway show wearing White Lives Matter t-shirts. Subsequent controversy boiled over as the rapper’s anti-Semitic rants were harshly condemned and many of his powerful friends had their ties clipped.

Centenera has avoided publicly commenting on the scandal, but a post touting her involvement in the Paris fashion show lingers on her Instagram feed even after several critics have questioned her connection to Ye.

Princess Mary travels to Palm Beach

The locals around Palm Beach have been treated like royalty since the arrival of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Maria checked in from Denmark for the Christmas holidays with her brood consisting of blue flowers Prince Christian17, Princess Isabellafifteen, Prince Vincent11 and Princess Josephine11.

The Danish Royal Family (LR Princess Isabella, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Josephine, Prince Vincent and Crown Prince Frederik) are visiting Bondi Beach this week.

The Danish Royal Family (LR Princess Isabella, Crown Princess Mary, Princess Josephine, Prince Vincent and Crown Prince Frederik) are visiting Bondi Beach this week.Credit:matrix

The Danish royals have caught up with their good friend, Sydney’s sailing and business identity. Chris Meihanwho certainly has the space to accommodate them, having spent $18.7 million to buy Palm Beach’s ultimate trophy home, Galeforce, earlier this year.

No doubt they enjoy escaping the drama that unfolded at Amalienborg Palace after Fred’s brother, Prince Joachim, moved in Prince Harry when his children lost their prince and princess titles and are now forced to endure the ignominy of simply being Count/Countess of Monpezat.

The Danish royals celebrate Christmas with the Crown Princess’ family, the Donaldsons. It’s been five years since Mary and Fred visited with their four children and they clearly enjoyed getting to know their mother’s home country and the city where she met their father.

Princess Mary soaked up the sun on Bondi Beach and met her devoted bridesmaid, the author and podcaster Amber Petty. The family looked just like the locals, save for the eight-man security guard shadowing their every move.

Alan Jones hosting again

Finally, Elizabeth Farm, former talkback king, said goodbye to his Fitzroy Falls estate Alan JonesStill recovering from recent back surgery, this year will be hosting his first Gold Coast Christmas at the property PS revealed in January, which he bought for $12.5 million.

A Gold Coast Christmas for Alan Jones.

A Gold Coast Christmas for Alan Jones.Credit:Janie Barrett

The festive celebrations will be for Jones’ extended family, including his niece Tony Taylor and her husband, tennis coach JustinTaylor. No doubt he could use a little pampering.

Murdochs make waves

Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch Will remain in Sydney for his Christmas celebrations, the global media power couple and their three children are no doubt looking forward to some sunny days on Sydney Harbor aboard their recently purchased 42m motor yacht, the elegant Istros.

Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch celebrate Christmas in Sydney.

Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch celebrate Christmas in Sydney.Credit:Getty Images

However, there’s no word on whether the newly divorced Murdoch is patriarch Rupert will shortly move to the south as he was previously known – his usual destination being the sprawling family farm Cavan near Yass.

queue sera sera

Icy Ling and the collapse of social media.

Icy Ling and the collapse of social media.

It’s been a hectic Christmas soiree season after several years of reduced pandemic parties, but all of that was eclipsed in a single social media post from the Sydney-based influencer Frosty Linga favorite among many Chinese-Australian social media followers.

Icy, whose career began behind the cosmetics counter at Myer, has scorched her social feed after daring to post about having to wait in line for a glass of complimentary champagne only to get half a pour from the waiter at the luxury boutique get Burberry’s Christmas party.

According to her version of events, Icy had requested a full glass so she could “avoid coming back to the bar” throughout the event, but her “reasonable request” was “denied.”

However, her attempts at explanation only enraged her critics, notably when she wrote: “It is true that the drinks at the promotional events are free [but] That doesn’t mean guests can expect a worse attitude from a bartender.”

“Post COVID, our level of service (which Sydney has been famous for in the past) is generally falling… Businesses should be concerned.”

It will be interesting to see what party invites she will receive in 2023.

Designer trees and gingerbread houses

Nothing says Christmas in Sydney quite like outsourced, professionally designed Christmas trees and architecturally designed gingerbread trophy houses. But two aspiring entrepreneurs have cornered the sharp end of the market when it comes to Instagrammable Christmas trimmings.

Alana ArenaDancer & Dasher’s Christmas tree styling business has only been in existence for four years, but she’s already become a favorite of celebrities and socialites as the haute couture trees are currently displayed in the homes of Sonja Krueger (adorned with giant inedible lollipops), Delta Goodrem, Roxy Jacenkochicken heiress Jess Inham and fashion influencers Laura Hazzouri.

Christmas tree stylist Alana Arena has doubled her business every year since starting four years ago.

Christmas tree stylist Alana Arena has doubled her business every year since starting four years ago.

Gingerbread house architect Rebecca Lauren with one of her $2,500 Christmas creations.

Gingerbread house architect Rebecca Lauren with one of her $2,500 Christmas creations.

Arena said the largest “installation” this year in Sydney involved a 12-foot-tall tree in a well-heeled home in an eastern suburb that cost anywhere from about $4,000 to as much as double that.

“Business has doubled every year. Some customers come back year after year and commission entirely new trees and give away their older trees to friends and family,” Arena told PS.

“They have the money for it and are really going into it. You have your Instagrammable outfits and parties, this is an extension of that.”

architect Rebekah Lauren turned to her second love, baking, during the pandemic and started a business that designs and builds bespoke gingerbread houses, the most elaborate of which cost upwards of $2500.

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This year her smaller ‘Chateau’ and ‘Manor House’ models were among the most popular, but she’s also created a one meter high gingerbread cathedral, which she designs with a full set of detailed plans and drawings just as she would for one real full size building.

“I’m easily irritated, I file down walls to make sure the joints are perfectly flush… my dad is a structural engineer so I’ve learned a lot about how to keep that up. I bake them all at home, my poor husband can never look at gingerbread again!”

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