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All About Fashion

Originally Posted: July 25, 2006

Nicole B. Brewer

Cristina Greeven Cuomo and William Norwich at the Chloe show
at Saks. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Friday night was full of fashion in Southampton as Saks Fifth Avenue along with Fabiola Beracasa, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Lauren Davis, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Alexandra Kramer, and Samantha Boardman Rosen hosted a cocktail party preview the new Fall 2006 line of Chloé bags and women's clothes and to showcase the Summer 2006 Runway collection. Sitting as a cornerstone on Main Street, Saks keeps an ever watchful eye on the traffic, inviting passersby in for a look.

Just inside the door, the music streaming down the curved staircase immediately drew our attention up to the Chloe Boutique. Upstairs, guests got the chance to view some of Chloe's upcoming fashion as well as some staple classics including the much coveted Paddington bag. The vodka Mojitos and nibbles by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs were also a big hit as we chatted it up Samantha Leas, William Norwich, and Lily Maddock and admired the clothes, a definite stop to make on that fall shopping list.

Heading further down Main Street, we stopped to watch the camera crew setting up for another installment of Hamptons.com's Main Street Series. We can't wait to see who shows up in the big red chairs next.

Perna Jain, Ellen Paster, and Ashutosh Gupta at Wall Street
Bead. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Just around the corner at Wall Street Bead, the fashion continued as they hosted Ashutosh Gupta and a selection of beautiful jewelry from India. Like a game of dress up for grownups, we saw several guests including Maureen McClain and Stacy Meislohn trying on the beautiful sparkling pieces. The generously sized pieces are definite conversation starters, and the assortment of jewel tones fit perfect with the hot colors showing up this fall. Perhaps its time to send the husbands a not-so-subtle hint on where to pick up an early Christmas gift or two.

The Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge returned to Bridgehampton this Saturday, and they couldn't have asked for a beautiful albeit extremely windy day. The ever-present breeze created a bit of a styling challenge for all the ladies who wore their flirtiest dresses. Skirts flipped up all over providing a fun start to the season. Sadly hats are not part of the dress code for polo these days, although we did see a few, because they would have come in handy!

Brooke Shields and daughter Rowan at polo. Photo by Rob Rich
2006 516-676-3939 robwayne1@aol.com

The radiant Brooke Shields threw out the first chukker of the season, with a little help from her daughter Rowan while younger daughter Grier shared a snuggle with her daddy, Chris Henchy. Motherhood certainly agrees with Brooke, we've never seen her look more stunning!

White Birch and Two Trees played an exciting game with at least a few people watching the game. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne was the cocktail of choice for many guests including Richard Johnson, Chris and Michelle Barish, Lauren Ezersky, Marjorie Gubelmann Raein, Rebecca Weinberg, and Janice Dickinson. Janice was glamorous as always, and sported heels to the afternoon game rather than stowing them in the car for the after party. Hot topic of the afternoon seemed to be le'divorce. Janice shared words of support for fellow model Christie Brinkley, as well as a word of warning for Peter Cook. Ms. Dickinson is a fireball of energy and we would pity anyone to be at odds with her.

Joseph Gannascoli and Nicole B. Brewer at polo. Photo by
Melissa Palma

The Intermix booth seemed a big hit under the tent as they ran out of beach towels, cute t-shirts, and gift cards before we made it over for a look. Polo is more the place to be seen and socialize rather than to watch the actual game. The official magazine guide to the series provides the perfect conversation opener as you can study up on the game's terminology, rules and equipment. That information could come in handy if you end up in line for cocktails with the ever-handsome Nacho Figueras.

Everyone came out for the first match. We spotted Anna Anisimova, Lola Schnabel, Stella Keitel, Maggie Katz, Zani Gugelmann, Sky Nellor, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Tatiana and Campion Platt, Sessa von Richthofen, Peter Brandt, Eric Villency, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jeffrey and Linda Chodorow, Jeanine Pirro (Republican Candidate for Attorney General), Melissa Berkelhammer, Neil Hirsch, Mike Caruso, Stephen Kasuba, Noah Teppenberg, Bobby Abid, Sir Ivan Wilzig, and Joseph Gannascoli of HBO's "The Sopranos".

Courtney Nice and Gloria SanLorenzo at Cormaria. Photo
by Katrina lovett

Ready for some relaxation after the hustle of polo, we headed to Sag Harbor for Cormaria's Festive Gala on the Bay. Set on the water just beyond Bay Street, the spiritual center exudes calm as it welcomed guests. Inside, items including gift certificates for dinner at the Dockside, or 3 hours assistance from "Helping Hands" as well as several beach themed items seemed to have something to suit everyone's taste.

Out to the back patio and lawn, the sweeping waterfront views made for a picture perfect dusk setting as guests enjoyed wine and buffet style hors d'oeuvres. The tasty chips and guacamole seemed to have everyone - including us - coming back for more, as well as the tasty cheese and crackers.

In Sagaponack, Wolffer Estates and The James Beard Foundation hosted Chefs and Champagne. The large tent was almost dwarfed by the rolling rows of vines, and we almost passed the turn as we enjoyed the view. Inside, luxury cars from the folks at Manhattan Motorcars served as centerpieces, surrounded by a dozen tables of wine and cuisine that made us wish for twice the appetite to be able to sample it all.

Jo Herde, Lynn Bound, and Liz Gerber at Chefs and Champagne.
Photo by Katrina Lovett

Local favorites including Christian Mir from the Stone Creek Inn and Douglas Gulija from The Plaza Café were present with some of their favorite dishes. The menus ranged from exquisite local seafood and scallops to the heartier with lamb being offered in a meatball from Great Performances and a smooth carpaccio from Fiamma. Thomas Keller from the Per Se Bouchon Bakery even had something for the sweet tooth in the crowd with a very tasty ice cream sandwich to help cool us off after all of the scrumptious food.

Parting ways, guests were invited to try a little culinary art at home with a gift bag that included towels from All-Clad, Villa Rey Coffee, pasta from Rummo Lenta Lavorazione, and a rich extra virgin olive oil from Sparta Gold. We can't wait to try out a few of the dishes we sampled at home.

Around the way from polo was the Child Development Center of the Hamptons annual Orchid Ball in Bridgehampton. Delicious tid-bits from Food & Co. made its way through the very festive crowd bedecked in fun flowery summer frocks. Guests were in a great mood joking about the windy weather while looking over the sparkling jewelry items up for silent auction. Emcee Judy Gold wandered through the masses showing everyone her diamond earrings which would be part of the live auction after dinner.

Donna Colonna, Judy Gold, and Melissa Cohn at the Orchid Ball.
Photo by Rob Rich 2006 516-676-3939 robwayne1@aol.com

The stage was set for a fabulous night - the tent was beautifully decorated, the band was rocking, and there were fragrant orchids and Voss water everywhere. However, the generator was not in the mood for a party and the power went in and out disrupting the schedule of events. Guests including Steve Levy, James and Kedakai Lipton, Lisa Gastineau, Jane McEvoy, Bobby Campbell, Elizabeth Nils, Alise Prado, Cynthia Bol, Giulia Alimonti, Dr. Kristin Naso, Eli Horen, Eugenia Au Kim, Joanne Pashby, Dennis Suskind, and Maria Pashby Manning enjoyed Polynesian-inspired fare while emcee Judy Gold inspired everyone to "dig deep" in their pockets for raffle tickets and auction items.

Design Within Reach hosted a grand opening for their East Hampton location. DJ Liquid Todd kept the music flowing on the first floor, inviting shoppers in to take a look at the pieces that are as much art as function. Upstairs, Catherine Debackere, Stephan Suskind (again we missed Passion the cat), and Frank Esposito took the chance to try out several of the very comfortable couches and chairs while chatting up design ideas.

Hearty brownies seemed to be the big hit of the evening on the hors d'oeuvres table, and paired well with the wine. The charming two story brick building is sure to become a must stop shop year round to help put the finishing touches on that new beach house or even office.

What a busy week - the events never seem to end. Not that we'd want them to. Until next week - cheers!


Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer




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