Every actress loves to play dress up, and several took the opportunity to turn out in their Sunday finest for the second annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. The invitation called for guests to come dressed in their “most daring Twenties and Thirties fashions” to match the throwback scene set at the vintage polo field, the last remaining one in Los Angeles, once favored by Rogers as well as Clark Gable, Walt Disney and Spencer Tracy.
Co-hosts Nacho Figueras and wife Delfina Blaquier, Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman and Veuve Clicquot U.S. president Vanessa Kay all did their best to comply, as did guests including Ali Larter, Jaime King, Zoe Saldana and Camilla Belle. Larter snagged a vintage Karl Lagerfeld romper from her mother-in-law’s closet while Blaquier wore a beaded Thirties dress from Decades originally made for a studio star. King and Saldana opted for vintage-inspired Jason Wu while Zoe wore her own design.
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“My son has already spit up on the dress once and you can’t even tell. Plus, I can always get another one,” Zoe said.
Polo newbie Lauren Conrad, with sidekick Lo Bosworth, also took the opportunity to model her own line, Paper Crown.
“My driver was like, ‘Shouldn’t you be wearing polka dots?’ and I was like, ‘No, that’s only in ‘Pretty Woman,’” Conrad said.
Others like Adam Sandler, who showed up in a red T-shirt and shorts, and Sofia Vergara, who wore jeans, apparently didn’t get the memo. After Belle tossed out the first ball (“It’s like throwing a bowling ball,” she said afterwards), the crowd settled in to sip Champagne and watch the game.
“I’m really excited to see polo up close because I grew up riding horses,” said Saldana. “I was that kid in the dust with chickens and goats and horses, even peacocks,” she said of her childhood in the Dominican Republic.
Others took in the scene underneath the striped VIP tent, which included a performance by Thirties revival band Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, flappers and tap dancers. Conrad laughed: “I mean, how often do you get to see a tap dancer on a Sunday?”