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SOUTHAMPTON — Calvin Klein graciously opened his Southampton home to more than 250 people Saturday night for the Parrish Art Museum’s Landscape Pleasures benefit, but for some guests, touring the property was old hat. “I remember when there was a shark tank here,” said one who had visited previous tenant Francesco Galesi, who had purchased the home — shark tank included — from Barry Trupin.
“Most people here know this home better than I do,” Klein admitted after showing guests through the garden. “But this is just temporary,” he said. “This is a work in progress.”
The garden, designed by Edwina von Gal, is, perhaps not surprisingly, minimal. Large stone boulders sit in the grasses behind the house along the beach and the black bottom pool on the side of the property is surrounded by a handful of tidy trees.
Nevertheless, co-chairs Charlotte Moss and Perry Guillot, Jamee Gregory and Delphine and Reed Krakoff found the grounds nothing to scoff at. Neither, for that matter, were the good-looking waiters — a signature of any Klein event. Dressed in all white, they passed appetizers such as tuna over rice
and roast beef and lemon wrapped in arugula, and a vodka and white cranberry-juice cocktail.
“Usually, you go to a party and the women are pretty and the guys are so-so,” said a woman who was clearly smitten. “But here, the guys are amazing.”