Diary: Cash pours into Pol's pot

"It" curator Vlad Restoin Roitfeld isn't big on self-congratulation. "I don't celebrate if I make a big sale," he assured me at the lavish party for Mother of Pouacrus, his exhibition of hip French artist Nicolas Pol's paintings (£20k-£40k each) at London's Old Dairy, attended by the likes of Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and, er... Johnny Borrell.

"I maybe have a drink," he conceded. Roitfeld has sold to film stars such as Bruce Willis. So what does he make of news that Demi Moore is to auction off her art collection? Will she make a killing? "Will her name affect the price? You tell me," Vlad, 25, replied. "I don't know if celebrity does anything. Perhaps people want to buy into it, but that sort of thing doesn't concern me."

Vlad is the son of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, and godson of Mario Testino. Among his leading young curator rivals are Tyrone Wood, son of Ronnie; Vito Schnabel, son of Julian; and Alex Dellal, son of Guy (and brother of Charlotte and Alice). Does celebrity "do anything"? You tell me.

* The Mail on Sunday's "astonishing [and categorically denied] claims" from "senior Tory sources", that Liam "13th-century" Fox likes a drink, may remind the Defence Secretary of another damaging accusation. In 2005, while running for the Conservative leadership, Dr Fox (since married to cancer specialist Jesme Baird) was forced to deny what he described as "gay smears" against him.

He was eliminated before the final run-off between Davids Davis and Cameron, but his supporters have long grumbled privately that their man was briefed against by "lackeys" of Mr Cameron's campaign manager, one George – né Gideon – Osborne. "Liam always felt hard done by when it came to his treatment during the leadership race, and his anger was pretty much aimed at George," one Dr Fox loyalist tells me. "He's never forgotten that, and it certainly doesn't help relations between them now."

Pure coincidence, of course, that these new allegations should surface just as Dr Fox is at war with Dave and Gideon over proposed cuts to defence spending.

* Seems austerity has yet to bite beneath the dreaming spires of Dave and Gideon's alma mater. Bowtie-sporting Joe Cook, candidate for the presidency of Oxford University's storied Conservative Association, dispatched an apparently non-ironic note to his Facebook friends last week, inviting them to "an informal luncheon with tea, scones, sandwiches, scones, quail's eggs and champagne, which shall be held every Sunday... so we can catch up before Port and Policy". Ah yes, "Port and Policy": OUCA's weekly debating event. Emphasis on the port, I'm told.

* Jimmy Carr is not immune to the charms of Kati McIntyre, mother of fellow baby-faced funny man Michael McIntyre. "I really fancy your mum," Carr told his chirpy chum at the launch of McIntyre's memoir Life and Laughing, as he flicked through the book's family photos. "Is that a bad thing to say?" To which a rosy-cheeked McIntyre replied: "Sh! She's only over there."

Carr remarked, too, on the £2m advance McIntyre received to write the book – a figure repeatedly referenced in an interview with the comedian by Lynn Barber for The Sunday Times. "She seemed to be the one making a big deal over it, not you," Carr reassured his perky pal. "Probably because journalists earn no money." Too true.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot