|Last Monday night a week, over at Damrosch Park by Lincoln Center, the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center held a night of “cool drinks and dancing under the stars” and called it Tango On the Rocks. Cocktails, dance lessons and dancing to the torrid sounds of Argentina’s Orquestea Tipica Imperial at Midsummer Night Swing, plus DJ Carlos Quiroga, Repor Tango. The only thing missing was Carmen Miranda.|
|Co-chairs of the evening were April Thibeault and Cari Widmyer. The Events Committee was Jen Gatien, Sasha Kipka, Marisa Sechrest, So-Chung Shinn, Kristen Spensieri and Sarah Stafford.|
|The Bridgehampton Polo Club opened their 2008 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge last Saturday afternoon at the club’s field on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton.
The official “host” was Chace Crawford -- you all remember Chace -- who was joined by a bevy of beauties including Ramona Singer, Sylvia Miles (that you, Sylvia?) and host of others, and most especially the Team White Burch that went mallet to mallet with Team Jumeirah Culo Culo.
|The Most Valuable Player award was presented by Jaci Reed. All proceeds from the Challenge will go to the South Fork Breast Health Coalition.|
|Last Saturday afternoon on Main Street in East Hampton, Rory and Elie Tahari hosted a book party for Simon Doonan and his new book “Eccentric Glamour” at their shop on Number One Main. If you haven’t already read Simon’s fashion edicts elsewhere, you may have seen them in Barney’s windows which are his main chef d’oeuvre, such as:
"I want people to go back to the period where there are surprises and diversity."
"Everyone needs to develop a few signature flourishes."
“Fashion is about figuring out who you are and dressing the part.”
“Conforming is the only crime, dressing down is the only faux pas.”
I can think of a few others, but whatever ... In other words, the more the merrier.
|The Taharis latched on to a good one when they booked Mr. Doonan into their shop because the party follows the man. Guests sipped champagne, gnoshed on the hors d’oeuvres such as Smoked Salmon Caviar with Crème Fraiche, Barbecued Duck Quesadillas, Fig-wrapped Goat Cheese, etc., and yakked it up with the author who was joined by his partner Jonathan Adler and their dog Liberachi for one big yappy family. DJ Lady Bunny kept everything light and beach bunny crazy and Simon sold more than 200 books. Not bad, eh?
Plus people shopped. Well, what did you expect? A certain portion of the proceeds went to the Elton John Foundation.
This went on from 4 to 7 and while Simon didn’t speak to the crowd, he very graciously chatted with all the guests who were eager to have his signature in their books -- which he did with a flourish of course.
Among the Taharis’ guests were Tom Kalenderian, Marjorie Gubelmann, Pamela Fiori, Ed Fogarty and that real countess masquerading as a housewife, LuAnn de Lesseps.
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Doonan).|