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A Taste Of Hamptons Style 2009

Originally Posted: December 29, 2009

There are movers and there are shakers, but when it comes to Hamptons Style, it's all about keeping up with the Jones' (and the Laurens', Kleins', and Beales'). Photos by Hamptons.com

Southampton - What is 'Hamptons Style'? Is it a fashion aesthetic or annual trend? Hamptons Style is a lifestyle more than anything else that blends the best the world has to offer in food, culture, and fashion with some of the biggest names in entertainment and business in one of the most beautiful areas of the United States. While we at Hamptons.com took a look back at the Hampton Style stories of 2009 year a few jumped right out, enjoy…

Isabella Rossellini attending the Watermill Center's Summer Gala on July 25 in Water Mill. Photo courtesy of PatrickMcMullan.com

'The Art Of Fashion In The Hamptons' Illuminates Color, Fabric And Artistic Vision
By Eileen Casey
Nine of America's most prominent fashion designers, including Tory Burch, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Reed Krakoff, Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, Elie Tahari, and Vera Wang, took their hand at crafting vignettes incorporating the art of equally celebrated prominent artists for the fashion-forward Guild Hall exhibition 'The Art of Fashion in The Hamptons.' Highly associated as spearheading the trends of both fashion and art in the Hamptons, the pairings of the designers and artists made for a who's who of high style and creativity. The Art of Fashion in The Hamptons was the place to see and be seen this summer, no matter what you were wearing.

Isabella Rossellini: From Lancôme To Oyster Beds, She Steps With Style And Intention
By Douglas Harrington
Isabella Rossellini's latest project, dubbed "Green Porno," is a series of short films for the Sundance Channel website that deals with species reproduction. The shorts star Rossellini in creative, almost cartoon like costumes and puppetry, as she portrays everything from bees to whales, to animals' very graphically specific reproductive organs. The actress explained, "Robert Redford came up with this idea to produce environmental programming for not only the Sundance Channel, but also the Sundance website. He thought the web demanded its own project that was very colorful, but very short. So he suggested I come up with something regarding the environment."

Edith Beale's partner in disdain for the Hampton's social mores of the day was her daughter Little Edie, and she did her best to cultivate her flamboyant eccentricities fashioned in her own image. Photos courtesy of Getty Images, 1974

Grey Gardens: Hardly The Ho-Hum Neighbors
By Douglas Harrington
An entirely new audience is getting to know The Beales of East Hampton, a mother and daughter duo that has, over the last four decades, become the highest order of Hampton's folklore. Portrayed by Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, respectively - it is the story of Edith and "Little" Edie Beale and their infamous, dilapidated home in the exclusive Georgica Pond section of East Hampton known by neighbors as "Grey Gardens." Eccentrics in a rundown mansion, unto itself, are not much of a story. However, when the eccentrics are the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Princess Lee Raziwell, the story becomes nothing short of sensational.

If These Gravestones Could Talk - What Fascinating Tale Would They Tell?: Artists And Writers At Rest In Green River Cemetery
By Eileen Casey
Who are the Jones' in the Hamptons? The list of interesting and surprising grave sites to be found in Green River Cemetery is both rewarding and fascinating. One is definitely left with an appreciation of those whose impact on many lives will always be remembered. The legacy left by many of those who reside here will certainly not be forgotten.

Grave site of Jackson Pollock at Green River Cemetery in Springs, East Hampton. Photo by Eileen Casey

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