For decades the social swans of New York have flocked to the pricey stretch of Long Island from South Hampton to Montauk which comprises the heart of the Hamptons. From the gorgeous white sand beaches that span the coast, to the vibrant cornfields of Sagaponack, and the quaint village of Sag Harbor, the area is rich with beauty, both natural and manmade.
There is never a dull moment from Memorial Day to Labor Day, as the afternoons are bathed in sunshine, and the nights sparkle with gala events for the well connected. The event of the season is held at Water Mill Center for the Arts, and I was lucky to attend, enjoy, and report back on the scene.
The event at Water Mill is more than a walk in the park. It is a happening in the woods, like no other. The Center, founded in 1992 by Robert Wilson, was created as a laboratory for unique artistic expression, and it pushes the boundaries between everyday life and art.
We began our experience with a coconut mango margarita, and a stroll through the manicured forest, where we encountered plenty of new and exotic species, including half naked men taking hatchets to mysterious white boxes mounted on trees. We progressed to a man perched in a treetop on a huge white cone of unknown origin (a volcano, a bird's nest?…). There were singers, dancers, and an active body painter, using his hair (and other body parts) as a paintbrush. Colorful and avant garde to say the least.
The attendees were almost as colorful as the artists, a feast for this fashion maven's eyes. Vibrant color was in evidence throughout the crowd, a beautiful summer change from the all black wardrobes so prevalent in the city.
The summer neutral of 2015, black and white gingham, was worn with aplomb by the most stylish attendees, including my "date", handsome Glenn Fuhrman, shown posing, and being interviewed by the style reporters of the New York times. He paired his slim Etro suit with a white polo tee, and leather trainers purchased in Venice, for a perfect casual/sophisticated balance.
Gypset glamour and a saucy 70's vibe seemed just right for this evening. I loved wearing my ditsy print Derek Lam maxi dress, and swooned over my friend BJ Topol in her Derek Lam Fringed gown. An artistic and enchanting evening was had by all.
Have a happy summer!
but remember, there's no place like our Napa Valley home.