Although the social scene in New York has slowed to a mere trickle, it was in full force in the Hamptons this past weekend.
“Welcome to Hurricane Dennis,” said Liz Cohen as she greeted waterlogged guests arriving at Nathaniel and Alex Kramer‘s house in Bridgehampton Friday for a dinner to celebrate the jeweler H. Stern’s newfound presence in the Hamptons. Party planners erected a tent in the front yard in the hopes of keeping the crowd, which included Elizabeth Lindemann, Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Fabiola Beracasa, Rachel Peters and Charlotte Freund (and their lobster tails) out of the Kramer household, without much luck. There was plenty of spillover into the kitchen, while 13-year-old Max Kramer and, as the hour got later, his father, trailed everyone with a digital Leica camera.
The following night, the Parrish Art Museum held its Midsummer Party in Southampton. The summering social set, featuring Nina Griscom, Debbie Bancroft, Julia Koch, Lulu de Kwiatkowski and Heather Mnuchin, turned up to see event chair Reed Krakoff‘s intricately designed tents with ornate trellis siding, billowing muslin, festive paper lanterns and vivid green pelmets. But that’s not all: A Coach leather-trimmed canvas tote — designed expressly for the affair — was waiting for each guest at their assigned seats. “Everyone is going to be switching colors,” predicted Krakoff, as the bags arrived in hues of pink, blue, red and green. Debbie Bancroft, in her signature uniform of Douglas Hannant, was more consumed with the decor, however. “I’ve already asked Reed what is going to happen to that trellising when the tents come down. I could sure use it at my home.”
Fellow Southampton summer resident Griscom arrived decked out in a white satin pants suit from Calypso. “I just bought it this weekend because I didn’t bring anything to wear out here,” she explained. “She has an entire closet full of nothing to wear,” quipped beau Leo Piraino.
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A mere 12 hours later, a bevy of yummy mummies and their tiny tots descended upon Aerin Lauder‘s Wainscott manse for a charity barbeque and Ralph Lauren fashion show for the Food Allergy Initiative. “This used to be my grandmother Estée’s home,” explained Lauder of the beautifully appointed grounds.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, just back from a month-long jaunt to Europe, cohosted the noon-day affair along with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and Whitney Fairchild. “We took the children for a tour of castles in France and they actually loved it,” said de Kanavos. “I couldn’t believe it.”
As the tots were entertained, and even swam in a pool watched over by a Ralph Lauren-clad lifeguard, the moms watched models move through the lawn sporting Ralph Lauren’s new cruise collection. After many of the ladies placed clothing orders (a percentage of the proceeds go to the charity), they spirited their antsy offspring off to the beach. Claude Wasserstein hatched a plan to steal away to the new Tracy Feith store later in the afternoon. “I already bought a surfboard from him to decorate my house,” said Wasserstein. Renée Rockefeller agreed to the shopping expedition, laughing, “It’s nice to come out here and get our Hamptons fix.”