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The Acria summer benefit at Steven Klein’s Bridgehampton home was a little like the lensman’s photographs: technically flawless and chock-a-block with beautiful people, all of whom could use more food.
Calvin Klein Collection and Vanity Fair sponsored the al fresco bash which took place on the photographer’s vast estate from 8 to 11 p.m.— the time of night when guests like Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Lee Pace, Rachel Zoe, Ross Bleckner, Daphne Guinness and Jane Holzer are usually eating dinner. Of course, some attendees may have chosen to hit the party thinking there would be dinner, but they were met with little more than appetizer portions of grilled cheese, sliders and potato chips.
“I didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Klein, defending his ability as host. “I had ideas but they nixed them.” Maybe it was the recession. Nevertheless, partygoers found other ways to occupy themselves. Some bid on the silent auction photos featuring scantily clad men, while others listened to the blaring house music, but resisted any urges to dance. “It’s the Hamptons,” someone shrugged.