Sunrise To Sunset

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Fashion News

The last time New York’s fashion set got together for a day of polo, the main event was people-watching. Hoping to shift the crowds’ attention from extravagant hats to the playing field, Nacho Figueras and the Bridgehampton Polo Club decided to relax the dress codes for this summer’s season out east. “The idea was to make polo more about polo and not so much about what was happening in the tents,” the Ralph Lauren poster boy told at Saturday’s match.

But despite Figueras’ best efforts, the weather gods had a different agenda. “The field is a little bit wet from the rain last night, so we are actually going to test it now to see if we can play a serious game or not,” the polo star said before the match. The crowd got their answer when the game ended after only one period. Instead, the likes of Veronica Webb, Michelle Harper, and Alina Cho sipped Champagne in the VIP tent with co-hosts Peter Brant and Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci and admired the Ferraris on display. “Do you think if I show them the giant Ferrari logo tattooed on my back, they will let me take it for a spin?” asked Jenny Shimizu as she checked out the new FF four-seater (the brand’s first snow-ready car). “I actually used to be a mechanic. I really love cars.”

As the polo party started to unwind, guests began buzzing about the next event on the agenda, ACRIA’s annual Cocktails at Sunset dinner benefitting AIDS research. Held at Ross Bleckner‘s house in Sagaponack, which once belonged to Truman Capote, the evening kicked off with a silent auction that included work by Julian Schnabel, a hand-cut Waterford crystal bowl, and Francisco Costa‘s favorite piece, a Barbara Kruger lithograph on wood. “Isn’t it gorgeous?” he asked. The multicourse dinner featured a different Veuve Clicquot reserve for each dish and a “magical forest” dessert treasure hunt. At the end of a dark pathway, the likes of Steven Klein, Bruce Weber, and Paul Sevigny found macarons, brownies, and cookies tucked away under a tree lit up by tea lights.


—Kristin Studeman
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