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On The Radar: Hamptons Wildlife, Girl’s Night Out, La Perla Models And Vintage YSL

Originally Posted: July 16, 2009

Christy Smith

Party guests at London Jewelers & Audemars Piguet Montauk Highway Celebration. Photos by Christy Smith

Hundreds of women and a few brave men descended on Southampton on Saturday, July 11 for five hours for the third annual Shecky's Girls Night Out.

Beth Ostrosky-Stern and publisher Justin Mitchell at Wildlife Rescue benefit.

Fashionistas browsed the booths of 49 clothing, accessories, hair care and skin care companies and indulged in free spa services and complimentary cocktails like "The Shop Till You Drop" (Skyy citrus vodka, lemonade and club soda) and "The Midori Margarita" while DJ Tief spun island reggae music.

Anheuser-Busch was also on hand and sponsored a beer and food pairing. The 15-minute session demystified the brewing process and explained how to select various beers to complement your food. The beer expert emphasized the importance of drinking beer out of a glass in order to "liberate the carbon dioxide and aerate the foam."

Shecky's started off 10 years ago when we published a nightlife guide to the city," explained Shecky's president Claudia Chan. "But then we started doing women's events because we had a huge following and it evolved into a women's marketing and entertainment company. We bring women what's cool and undiscovered in fashion, beauty and fun and this is supposed to be a fun experience to spend with your girlfriends. But we welcome men and love them but they tend to be a little intimidated."

Chuck Scarborough (center) flanked by party guests at Wildlife Rescue benefit.

"I managed to find one man who was not intimated in the least.

"I love this place, its leg heaven," said male "Shecky's Girls Night" out goer Howard Rosenfeld. "I'm here with my girlfriend. Her friend cancelled at the last minute and had an extra ticket and I was like 'I'll go!'"

Wildlife Rescue Benefit
Animal activist Beth Ostrosky-Stern hosted an afternoon fete with iconic fashion house Halston and Social Life Magazine publisher Justin Mitchell at the Social Life estate in Water Mill on Saturday, July 11. Guests were treated to an intimate fashion show where a portion of the proceeds from the day were donated to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons.

"The Wildlife Rescue is my favorite charity in the Hamptons," said Ostrosky-Stern. "There are so many animals in the Hamptons, we have seagulls, turtles, swans, squirrels, ducks. When I look out my window and see the five deer that live on my lawn it's the most magical part of being in the Hamptons."

In between eating tasty dinners and taking long walks on the beach with her hirsuite husband Howard and three-pound maltese dog Bella, the beautiful blonde has just completed writing her first book.

JBM vintage partners from left Samantha Stein and Laurie Margolis.

"It's called 'Oh My Dog,' said Beth. "People think that because I'm associated with all these animal rescues that I'm an expert on dogs but I'm not. So I researched and interviewed a group of top veterinarians and pet groomers and compiled this information. It's a book about everything I wish I would have known before I got my first dog. The book will come out next spring."

Partygoers Chuck Scarborough, his wife Ellen, Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Jill Martin browsed racks of canary yellow, burnt orange and cobalt off the shoulder dresses and blouses.

"We have our spring 2009 line here today. It's very colorful and whimsical which was very iconic to the house of Halston," said Halston VP Stephan Brakebusch. "We also have the fall collection which is very rock-n-roll and 1980s inspired. It's all very Hamptons."

JBM Vintage Trunk Show
After Core Fusion classes at Exhale's mind and body spa in Bridgehampton, hyper relaxed customers browsed racks of one of a kind vintage clothing and accessories from the collections of YSL, Pucci, Missoni, Halston, Givenchy, Gucci and Chanel at the JBM Vintage trunk show on Saturday, July 11.

Michael Wudyka and Jill Martin at Wildlife Rescue Benefit

Pieces from JBM's collection have been featured in numerous television shows and films including "Sex And The City," "Ugly Betty" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic."

"We have a lot of celebrity clientele but discretion is key and one of the reasons why we do it by appointment only is because it's a real shopping experience," said JBM General Manager Samantha Stein. "People come in and get styled from head to toe and they don't run into anyone and it's very private. On certain occasions we make house calls but usually people come to our showroom in the city."

In case you're wondering what's hot in the Hamptons in 2009.

"Everyone is flocking toward the one shoulder dresses and oversized necklaces and earrings," reported Stein. For an appointment call 917-414-6211.

London Jewelers & Audemars Piguet Montauk Highway Celebration
Leggy, blonde models draped in La Perlas' latest swimwear collection lounged poolside at the Sag Harbor Victorian estate of New York City financier Drew Aaron and his Czech supermodel wife Hana Soukupova on Saturday, July 11 for the launch party of London Jewelers & Audemars Piguet's 300 piece, limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Montauk Watch.

Howard Rosenfeld, male party guest at Shecky's girls night out.

Guests dressed in brightly colored silk and cotton mini dresses and striped oxford shirts circled the locked, glass display case of the luxury time-piece with a crocodile strap, stainless steel folding clasp and aqua stitching that retails for $20,500.

Newlywed Sam Talbot, the executive chef of Surf Lodge whipped up a gourmet barbecue menu consisting of grilled skirt steak with lime mojo, prawn and pineapple spears, grilled vegetables, honey fried chicken and watermelon and feta cheese salad.

"I've been married for eight months to a beautiful Columbian woman," said North Carolina native Talbot. "She doesn't cook so I do all the cooking at home. She's a vegetarian, so I cook a lot of vegetables for her."

Radar Blips
 • Amy Irving stopped in at Rowdy Hall on Main Street in East Hampton for a bite after her performance in Tennessee Williams's American Masterpiece "The Glass Menagerie" at Guild Hall on Friday night. Two nights later violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and his wife dropped by the Anglo-Gallic pub for dinner.

 • Russell Simmons and his brother Reverend Run hung out at the bar while waiting for their BBQ order to go at Townline.

 • Chevy Chase had a family dinner with his wife and daughter on Sunday night at Nick & Toni's. The trio sat in the front room and snacked on a plate of zucchini chips before their meal arrived. The following night Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his wife and friends were spotted at the East Hampton eatery.

 • Renee Zellweger hosted an impromptu get together with friends at the Blue Parrot in East Hampton. In between dinner and drinks the silent investor and her guests were seen dancing atop the banquettes as music blared through the East End hangout.

Vendor at Shecky's Girls Night Out event.


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