At the benefit galas, the restaurants and parties around town, they are one of the beautiful couples of the moment. By day (and let’s face it, probably by night too) they’re entirely focused business people. Eric used to be a model for NEXT and for all I know Olivia was too. She looks the part. Olivia was born into the cosmetics business – daughter of Sylvie Chantecaille, the French beauty guru who was the first to develop foundations for different races – and she’s now working with her mother and has her own product on the market, what she calls an organic Botox, the Biodynamic Lifting Cream. Their line includes the foundations, perfume, facial washes and moisturizers.

Eric is the grandson of the Maurice Villency whose furniture line has a sleek new showroom on the corner of 57th Street and Third Avenue, in the heart of the interior design world. Eric, who was a Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch model and Cosmo’s “Bachelor of the Year” four years ago, is now President of Maurice Villency.

Recently the couple were highlighted in Richard Johnson’s Page Six in the New York Post because of an “errant email” meant for Villency’s marketing director suggesting story-lines to publicize the couple pointing out the similarities between the two – both in family businesses, both out there and eager for publicity (they call it “branding” these days) to promote them as “the face” of their businesses while their parents (his father, her mother) run things behind the scenes.


Albemarle, Rufus

Aston, Muffie Potter

Basso, Dennis

Benedict, Daniel

Capehart, Jonathan

Cominotto, Michael

Curry, Boykin

Dahl, Tessa

DeWoody, Beth Rudin

Duchin, Peter and Brooke

Duff, Patricia

Eaton, Phoebe

Fales-HIll, Susan

Fekkai, Frederic


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