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WATERMILL, N.Y. — It’s rare these days for a social occasion to be just a big old party for a party’s sake, and that’s what made Fabiola Beracasa‘s Cuban-themed evening Saturday night at her Hamptons summer rental, the former home of Randolph Duke (decorated à la “Golden Girls,” complete with a taxidermied yellow shark on the wall), such a smash. Ostensibly, Beracasa cohosted with her Sell Jewelry boss, Chris Del Gatto, but there was no sign of any flashy baubles or in-your-face promotion. Rather, this was a soup-to-nuts example of what the New York social scene desperately needs: real spontaneity and a sense of humor.

“I wanted it to be kitschy chic,” Beracasa told Milly de Cabrol, who complimented the neon palm trees and wondered where the hostess had found the tutti-frutti Christmas lights she’d strung around the deck. “On the Internet,” Beracasa said.

It’s not an exaggeration to say few hostesses these days even plan their own parties, let alone troll through the Oriental Trading Co. Web site looking for tchotchkes. But Beracasa had a dance floor constructed from the ground up; hung piñatas filled with dark chocolate Kit Kats and Bazooka bubble gum; hired a chef to make Venezuelan hors d’oeuvres; developed a special beverage called a “buarapita,” made of rum, vodka and passion fruit (“Mojitos and caipirinhas are just boring,” she said), and laid out the perfect vice: cartons of cigarettes.

It seemed like the entire young and social Hamptons set arrived for a twirl and a gander at the swanky pool, including Ines Rivero, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Alex and Nathaniel Kramer, Coralie Charriol and Dennis Paul, Bridget Hall, Sophie Dahl, Dori Cooperman, Rachel Peters, Tinsley and Topper Mortimer, Roopal Patel, Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson. Needless to say, they kept coming and wouldn’t leave, not until police shut the DJ down as the clock neared 3 a.m. It was the perfect end to the summer, and the perfect affirmation of Beracasa as a hostess to watch.

This story first appeared in the September 8, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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