The annual benefit for the Watermill Center was a little like a Susanne Bartsch party. People dressed like frogs held placards for Lexus, one of the evening’s corporate sponsors. Dita Von Teese was sitting on top of a swing twenty feet above the dancefloor. There was a topless woman blindfolded and covered in fake blood surrounded by several glasses of milk, which she picked up and then dropped on the ground every thirty seconds or so. (The performance seemed to be a commentary on the dairy industry, but who could really say.) Many of the attendees took the world chic/animal theme to heart, including a man who was walking around with a fake iguana on his shoulder and another who was wearing a turban.
“I can’t really tell the difference between the performers and the guests, but that’s part of what I like about the whole thing,” said Debbie Bancroft, who was one of the many socials milling around the tent before dinner and a live auction held by Simon de Pury.
Others in the crowd included Jamee Gregory, Cecilia Dean, Bob Colacello, Peggy Siegal, Tinsley Mortimer, Fabiola Beracasa, and Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf, who flew in from Europe to attend the affair.
“We worked with Bob before on a ballet and kept in touch,” explained Horsting.
How was Wilson to work with? “Super easy. Which we heard is not always the case.”
Hamptonites endured bee stings, the threat of thunderstorms and extreme heat as they jumped at the chance to grab cheap Marc Jacobs bags and cut-price Carolina Herrera at Super Saturday 10 this past weekend. When the gates opened at noon for the VIP preview, crowds including Christy Turlington, Edie Falco and even Judith and Rudy Guliani flooded the field at Nova’s Ark in Water Mill.
“We’re not shopping for the White House,” the presidential candidate demurred as he was besieged by reporters and well-wishers. “That’s still 18 months away for us.”
“We’re shopping for friends,” said his wife.
Mandy Moore was one of the many fashion entrepreneurs and designers who were there acting as part-time shop clerks at their own booths, including Charlotte Ronson, Shoshanna Gruss and Steven Alan.
As for chair Donna Karan, she brought a burgeoning fashionista in tow: her four-year-old granddaughter Stefania, who was decked out in her grandmother’s beaded necklaces that she had chosen herself.
Kelly Ripa, who had filled a lengthy shopping list for her producers and her husband, Marc Consuelos, spent the evening recovering from the frenzy at Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld’s East Hampton house, along with a slew of mummies including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexandra Wentworth and Kelly Behun Sugarman as well as co-host James Ferragamo.
Across the island, the scene turned downright bookish when the Cinema Society and The Wall Street Journal hosted a screening of “Becoming Jane,” the latest Jane Austen biopic starring Anne Hathaway. Before the film started, Miramax President Daniel Battsek offered a word of caution to the audience, “Last time we did this, someone ended up in the pool!” (Battsek was referring Toni Collette’s infamous mid-party dip at last year’s event.)
The woman of the hour, Hathaway, who had spent the afternoon playing tennis, arrived at the fete on the arm of beau, Rafiello Follieri.
The next night, the East Hampton Cinema was full to bursting as a crowd including Mort Zuckerman, Bruce Weber, Kerry Washington and Jeff Zucker filled the seats for an advance screening of “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Such was the demand to see the action film that a last-minute screening was added at Bryan Bantry’s home, Goose Creek. The dinner afterwards was no less crowded as everyone from Nacho Figueras to Celerie Kemble headed to Cittanuova for rigatoni and ice cream.