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Even if you don’t attend New York Fashion Week, you can of course catch all of the shows online, read about the collections, and see photos of celebs in the tabloids. What you can’t get without being there are the random experiences you only get from insider access — so we’re bringing you backstage and inside the tents to share with you our favorite non-fashion Fashion Week moments.
The 15th Anniversary Season of Bridgehampton Polo kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the famed Two Trees Farm. The match was pushed back an hour due to the sweltering heat, but that didn’t deter the Hampton social crowd from coming out to watch Yellow Cab take on White Birch. Hundreds came to cheer the two teams on including “Real Housewives of New York City” star Cindy Barshop, model Adriana Bachich, Blue Star Jets President Todd Rome, chair of the 53rd Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Gala Jean Shafiroff, Niche Media’s Jason Binn (pictured above), actor Malik Yoba, Russell Simmons (pictured above), Vanity Belles, who sang the national anthem, and designer Betsey Johnson and daughter Lulu who started the match off by throwing the ball onto the polo field. Blue Star Jets and Sibarth Villa rentals, the ultimate luxury villa rentals in St. Barthelemy, celebrated their new partnership at the event.
White Birch started strong with a nine to zero lead in the second, before Ralph Lauren model and polo player Nacho Figueras finally got Yellow Cab on the scoreboard. White Birch kept their lead the whole match and had a 16 to 10 win over Yellow Cab team in the opening match of the 2011 Monty Waterbury Cup.
This year at Bridgehampton Polo, guests in the new Blue Star Jets VIP Tent were treated to a new level of sophistication and entertainment including live musical performances, celebrity hosts, notable chefs and specialty bars as well as exclusive fashion boutiques. The event featured innovative American cuisine from celebrity hotspot Southampton Social Club. Guests stayed hydrated with delicious Vita Coco Coconut water. They also enjoyed a variety of cocktails…Aperol had its own table featuring a few specialty drinks. Jewelry girls Alex and Ani had a pop up boutique where people could purchase a variety of bangles and bracelets. Sector watches were on display in the VIP tent. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Air Loom and were entertained by magic tricks by magician Kevin Nicholas.
The Bridgehampton Polo Club partnered with Donna Karan this year and will feature The Urban Zen Lounge where the Urban Zen Retail Collection is available and benefits Hope Help and Rebuild Haiti. The collection includes beaded necklaces, tee-shirts, and vases.
The CIRCA Championship Field for The Monty Waterbury Cup takes place from July 23 to August 13, 2011; Hamptons Cup is from August 13 to August 27, 2011. Proceeds from Bridgehampton Polo Club will go to benefit the Bridgehampton Childcare and Recreational Center.
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Pining away for the new Dior lace open-toe bootie but not willing—or able!—to plunk down $1,850? Try Betsy Johnson’s “Alison” bootie! With characteristic Betsy Johnson flare, these booties work the fancy and fun look but won’t empty your bank account. What they will do? Make all your friends envious of your trendy footwear. With lace cut-away lining, a leather sole, and a cute lace-up front, you’re on trend—and on budget.—Taylor Napolitano
By Jennifer Wright
Remember that last column about how the economic crisis was taking a toll on Fashion Week? Well, seemingly not on everyone.
Maybe no one told Betsey Johnson about these dark times, because her show was too delicious for words. Little wonder as the theme was Betsey Johnson’s Sweet Shop. There was no sign of doom and gloom in this veritable candy land, in which the models channeled Queen Frostine in their perfectly puffed skirts. Well, perhaps Queen Frostine with a dash of 1980’s style punk rocker. Fatima of America’s Next Top Model fame did a great job.
Betsey herself led the guests in a dance and encouraged people to try the table of sweets provided by Sprinkle Society. Meanwhile, a video projected onto the wall showed Betsey “baking” by wildly throwing pink glitter at a chicken. She also appears to be generously providing the boys of Patrick McMullan with day jobs, as they were all there, dressed up as waiters and doling out mini hot dogs and sliders. It’s not every day you are served a vegetable burger by Liam McMullan.
I also want to say a special thank you to Betsey Johnson for the fantastic sunglasses in her goody bag. In my mind this was the most frivolous and fun show of the week.
Peaches Geldof was in attendance, giving Betsey’s punk style a run for her money in short shorts and garters. She was also ended at the Alice + Olivia presentation later, where I joined Ask Melissa founder Melissa Meyers and her daughter, Rachel Meyers. Rachel and Peaches are shown posing together below.
We quickly met up with the talented designer of Alice + Olivia, Stacey Bendet, there with her husband Eric Eisner and their adorable daughter Eloise. Stacey noted that the show this season was “all about characters, as shown by the puppets and the art.”
The models were in scarce supply. Stacey opted for artistic mannequins and fabulous pictures of the clothing instead, but the beautiful people abounded. Not only were Paris and Nicky Hilton in attendance, but so was 90210 star Shanae Grimes. Shanae was loving her specially made floral print dress by Alice + Olivia.
While I was enjoying the mini-cupcakes by Baked by Melissa (it was a day full of cupcakes), Teen Vogue took a picture of Rachel’s Marc Jacobs outfit, but cannot feature it, as Rachel is not yet 13. Fortunately, we have no such rules here. Here’s a picture of both the fabulous Meyers women with Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
The spirit of the shows may be different this season than in the past, but as long as Betsey Johnson and Stacey Bendet are around, the sense of playfulness that makes the week so delicious will not quite be lost.