- For those of you who have been lamenting the good old days of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs'
fantabulous, over the top White Party, there's some good news - the White Party will return on the 4th of July. Bad news is even if you can score an invite, it'll cost you as the party has moved from the Hamptons to Los Angeles!
P. Diddy has announced that he will co-host the fete with a theme of "We are Family" as a benefit for Malaria No More with Ashton Kutcher
. Yes, there will be a white carpet, guests all clad in white, white flowers, tents et al. And of course given P. Diddy's broad circle of friends in fashion, music and film it will be a major kilo-wattage event. It will be held like all of his parties in a private home in one of L.A.'s most exclusive neighborhoods.
In addition to being one of the most anticipated events of the year, the White Party will also serve as a platform to raise awareness for a very important organization, Malaria No More and to promote the cause and bring needed attention and aid to those living in areas where malaria is prevalent.
In conjunction with the White Party, Combs' Sean John fashion label will produce and sell a limited edition tee-shirt that will retail for $40 at www.seanjohn.com with the slogan "Celebrate Life End Malaria" with a portion of the proceeds going to the non-profit organization. Partygoers will learn how they make additional contributions, purchase tee-shirts, and sign up for volunteering during the event.
Ashton Kutcher will co-host party with Combs.
Kutcher, who has been involved with the issue for some time was the catalyst for P. Diddy to turn the event into a benefit and in typical P. Diddy style, he promises it will be the party to end all parties. With his usual modesty he said, "This year's White Party is going to be historical. We are pulling out all of the stops to create a celebration that will be like none other before, and I thought it was time to share the sexiness and glamour of the White Party with all of my friends and family in LA. I chose July 4th because I am feeling very patriotic these days and who doesn't love a barbeque on our nation's birthday".
A trio of the East End's most popular fashion designers is being honored by Local 138 in a very tasty way. No, Local 138 isn't a union chapter but one of the hottest new bars on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They and the lounge's creative mixologists have devised a very fashion forward summer cocktail menu. There's the Ralph Raspberry Rum Punch made with crushed raspberries, rum, lemon and lime juices, courtesy of Ralph Lauren
himself; Marc Jacobs
has developed a new spin on a favorite summertime classic the mint julep and come up with the Marc Mint Martini and Tory Burch
has her very own Tory Tiki Tini made with strawberry, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and plenty of vodka!
East Ender Drew Nieporent
and his partner in the very hip Nobu restaurant chain, Robert Deniro
are being leaned on big time by a group of celebs (all regulars) to stop serving endangered Blue Fin tuna at their restaurants here and abroad.
Robert Deniro takes some heat on behalf of the blue fin tuna.
, Trudie Styler
, Sienna Miller
, Charlize Theron
, Jemima Khan
, Woody Harrelson
, Alicia Silverstone
, Zac Goldsmith
, Elle Macpherson
and Stephen Fry
have reportedly written the restaurant to say they can no longer dine with a clear conscience as long as the restaurant continues to serve blue fin tuna - a species considered by many to be as endangered as the white rhinoceros, panda or tiger. The plight of the blue fin tuna has been spotlighted with the release of "The End of the Line," a film narrated by Ted Danson
that shows the effects of overfishing on the world's oceans. The celebs who all claim to love Nobu have threatened not to come to the restaurants if it is not removed from the menu due to its perilous position as an endangered species. Wonder what our Montauk fishermen would make of all this?
By now you have all heard of the split of Billy Joel
and his young bride Katie Lee
which has saddened many of the couple's fans and friends. But they weren't the only high profile East End pair to say "let's call the whole thing off." The much talked about and publicized marriage of Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle
and furniture heir Eric Villency
, is now apparently kaput. The couple has announced their separation and a joint custody agreement of their son has already been worked out. Kimberly, you will remember, was married to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
before meeting Eric after her marriage to the politico was over. The pair was introduced by none other than Patrick McMullan
who knew that Eric and former flame Olivia de Chantecaille
had gone their separate ways.
Not so polite was the way in which Paris Hilton
chose to end her relationship with her latest boyfriend Doug Reinhardt
by having her publicist release the story to the celeb glossies! Friends of Doug say he was completely blindsided by the news.
Lori Stokes speaks fondly of Bill Evans.
Page Six editor Paula Froelich
was too busy this weekend to deal with the story as she was being lionized all over the East End this weekend in celebration of the release of her debut novel "Mercury in Retrograde." At Georgica Restaurant in Wainscott pals toasted the sassy columnist on her book making the New York Times
Best-Seller list. The next day found her and her dog, Karl, at Bookhampton in Bridgehampton for a well-attended book signing where she told guests a sequel to the book was already in the works.
Also making the book tour rounds is our pal Bill Evans
, senior meteorologist for Eyewitness News. Bill who is one of the funniest and most charming folks around tickled everyone some months ago with his emcee duties for SOBRO's 36th annual gala. Co-anchor Lori Stokes
who calls Montauk her summer home told us then "Everyone loves Bill - he's so much fun and incredibly smart". This smart weatherman has put his career into good use and is now releasing his second book, "Frozen Fire." His first novel "Category Seven" dealt with the possibilities of a massive 1938 like hurricane sweeping over Long Island and coastal Connecticut. At the time, Bill termed it a "book about preparedness" and our lack of such.
With "Frozen Fire" he moves into "An Inconvenient Truth" territory with a suspenseful saga of a billionaire's quest to harness methane hydrate from under the sea in the Bahamas from an island he has purchased and created his own republic. Used properly methane hydrate could replace fossil fuels - handled improperly it can expand the greenhouse effect to the 10th power! Scary stuff with the right mix of a meddling U.S. government and eco-terrorists all trying to get to the methane first. It's all very James Bond-ian.
Randy Jones releases new book.
On a thoroughly different note comes the latest from one of my favorite dancing partners, Randy Jones
- the Cowboy from The Village People, kings of the disco era. Randy has paired with the well-known celebrity biographer Mark Bego
for a look back at those wild years of abandon when The Village People had everyone on the floor making the letters Y M C A over their heads. The pair has just released "Macho Man: The Disco Era and the Coming Out of Gay America, the book by Randy Jones and Mark Bego."
But don't expect to see Randy or Mark at your local Barnes & Noble signing books for the blue haired set. They will be taking it out to the clubs where their constituency hangs!
Speaking of hanging, with the fate of outdoor spaces Day & Night and Madame Tong's up in the air, hip young Hamptonites have found a new Sunday playground on the sweeping lawns behind the hedges surrounding the Southampton Inn. The brunch-meets-pool party model took wing at OSO at the Southampton Inn last weekend and will continue every Sunday. With House DJ Derrick Reason
of Spotlight New York spinning an Ibiza soundtrack, a flock of young Hamptonites turned out for the soft launch this Sunday hosted by Sidi Belqaid
and Liz Derringer
. Sipping mimosas and pomegranate-tinis co-host Prince Justin DiCosolo
, grandson of Princess Marcella Borghese
partied with beauties Ina Sunshine
and Lena Gutauskaite
. Granddaughters of Baron de Hirsch
, Jenna Gotthelf
and Shane Moan
and kicked around a volley ball with artist Christian Di Lalla
while trying to not spill their Mimosas.
OSO executive chef Bryan Naylor
whose culinary creations have been termed "pure food ecstasy" was kept busy churning out pizzettes and tapas for the hungry crowd refueling after a night of club hopping. Belqaid and Derringer, both East End club scene veterans, hope to run the brunch blast throughout the summer. Why not with five acres of very private space, a great pool, free parking, fab cocktails and a South of the highway location.