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On the Runway

Originally Posted: September 15, 2005

Paris Hilton makes the rounds under the Fashion Week tent.

With the summer crowds making their way back to the city or their work destination du jour, Olympus Fashion Week arrived back in New York's Bryant Park. Fashion forward Hampton locals Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Tommy Hilfiger shared time in the tent, drawing big names. We spotted Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Thom Felicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Carmen Electra, Sex and the City fashion stylist Patricia Fields, Venus and Serena Williams, Jeff Gordon, Kelly Osborne, Gwen Stefani who was also debuting her L.A.M.B. line, and Fabian Basabe. What do we have to look forward to for the spring season? Thankfully we won't see any of those overdone 'Madras' shirts that we spotted just about everywhere this summer!

Jim and Dale Larocca with Sande and Steve Berger at Wolffer

Meanwhile, for those that stayed out east to enjoy a few more weeks of sun and sand, Wolffer Estate hosted a benefit for the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. Even with their Red Hot Red Cross Ball not long past, they can use all the help they can get to assist those displaced in the south by Hurricane Katrina.

Events East did a stellar job of pulling together sponsors for everything from food (the dessert table by Tate's and the Blue Duck Bakery required two trips!) to well suited Dixieland music by the Sunnyland Jazz Band that had the crowd, including guests Rebecca Hulin and Sherri Hein from Louisiana, up and dancing the night away. With the plentiful food and wine, the guests were sad to see the evening come to an end, demanding a lively encore from the band before they parted ways.

Send in the Cavalry!

Saturday in Riverhead, the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch hosted their Annual "Country Western Day" fair. Once a year, the Ranch opens the grounds for families and the community with such events as horse back riding, hayrides, live music, eating contests, fireworks, horse shows, and much more.

With a $5 adult admission and a 'pay one price' bracelet for the kids, there's easily a full day of fun to be had with everything from the bouncing-race to the little Mr. Cowboy and Ms. Cowgirl competitions. Bouncy castle and slides as well as several tents full of hands on activities, including how to milk a cow, kept the kids entertained while parents got the chance to peruse the vendor stands with everything from children's books and toys to jewelry and clothing. After a full day of games, we were ready for a large lemonade and cheeseburger from the Applebee's tent before picking a prime spot for the fireworks show.

Sag Harbor Fest 2005 was the place to enjoy the maritime past and present all weekend long. Despite the slight breeze, the first annual Sag Harbor Charity Cup Challenge set up a competitive race with the Intrepid, sponsored by Q Management, winning the cup and earning money for local charity. Herself a two time America's Cup winner, the Intrepid was eager to be back in the limelight. The great weather and expanded menu of activities brought out the crowds be they on a sunfish or a yacht or on foot. The Taste of Sag Harbor enticed those who wanted to sample local food and wine and of course, there was no aw shucks in this clam shucking contest - experts only.

Tennis lovers watched the action this past week as the US Open slammed its way through the Big Apple. Big names were courtside as Andre Agassi lost to Roger Federer after a tough well-played match. Billionaires Richard Branson and Donald Trump showed us that style comes in all shapes and sizes. Branson was casual in white while the Donald was ready for the Boardroom in a dark suit and yellow tie. Melania Knaus look very stylish as always. Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman enjoyed the game standing on their seats. Mrs. Reynolds - Star Jones had a great seat right behind Lance Armstrong, who was seated just behind Robin Williams. Christy Brinkley and Peter Cook with son Jack, Gavin Rossdale (Mr. Gwen Stefani), Lance Armstrong, Stanley Tucci, and Jason Lewis of Sex and the City fame (who could easily pass for a much younger Clint Eastwood) happily mugged for the cameras on their way inside. Congrats to Roger Federer, hold that trophy high you more than earned it!

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