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Neither bee stings nor extreme humidity could keep Hamptonites from the chance of grabbing cheap Marc Jacobs bags and cut-price Carolina Herrera dresses at Super Saturday 10 over the weekend. When the gates opened at noon for the VIP preview, crowds including Christy Turlington, Edie Falco and Judith and Rudy Giuliani flooded the field at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. “We’re not shopping for the White House,” the presidential candidate demurred. “That’s still 18 months away — it’s a dream for us.”
Chair Donna Karan arrived with a burgeoning fashionista in tow: four-year-old granddaughter Stefania de Felice, who had styled herself with her grandmother’s beaded necklaces. “This is better than Madison Avenue, isn’t it?” said Karan as she surveyed the scene.
“It’s a little overwhelming,” admitted Mandy Moore as she went to check out how her Mblem booth was doing.
Kelly Ripa filled a lengthy shopping list for her producers and her husband, Marc Consuelos, and in the evening recovered at a cocktail party and dinner at Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld‘s East Hampton house, which also drew co-host James Ferragamo; his sister, Vivia; Narciso Rodriguez; Sarah Jessica Parker; Alexandra Wentworth; a late-arriving Ellen Barkin and Bryan Lourd, and a slew of moms-to-be. “I just wanted to welcome you to the number-one celebrity party pad in America, according to OK magazine,” joked Jerry Seinfeld before the dinner celebrating the Baby Buggy Infant Gear Fund and Ferragamo’s children’s book, “Fiera.”
Over at Robert Wilson‘s Watermill Center, a different sort of event was taking place — one featuring a nearly naked Dita Von Teese on a swing, people dressed like frogs holding placards for benefit sponsor Lexus and 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 30 seconds or so. There was a world chic-animal theme, which many of the attendees took to heart, including a man 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, before dinner and a live auction held by Simon de Pury for the likes of Jamee Gregory, Cecilia Dean and Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren of Viktor & Rolf, who flew in from Europe to attend the affair.
Meanwhile, the Giulianis finished off their day at a Cinema Society and Wall Street Journal screening of “Becoming Jane.” At the after party, Heather Graham, Kelly Klein, Alex Kramer and Dylan Lauren joined the movie’s star, Anne Hathaway, at the beachfront home of Jerry Della Femina and Judy Licht for appropriately traditional English fare, including roasted ham stuffed with prunes and new potatoes.
The next night, a crowd including Mort Zuckerman, Bruce Weber, Kerry Washington and Jeff Zucker filled the seats at the East Hampton Cinema for a screening of “The Bourne Ultimatum.” The dinner afterward was no less crowded as everyone from Calvin Klein to Nacho Figueras headed to Cittanuova for rigatoni and ice cream.
But, while it may have seemed so, the Hamptons wasn’t totally party central over the weekend. Across the Atlantic, Cartier hosted its annual polo extravaganza at Windsor Great Park on Sunday.
“It’s a beautiful game to watch — and the guys aren’t bad to look at, either,” said Diane Kruger, in London filming “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” Other guests included Pierce Brosnan, Alice Eve, Jemima Khan, Ben Elliot and Alexandra Spencer-Churchill. Sam Branson, there with actress girlfriend Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, admitted he’s baffled by polo. “All I know is that it’s a lovely day out. Surfing’s my thing.”