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Elie Tahari had even more excitement than he bargained for over the weekend as Tahari opened its new East Hampton store.

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It was a long weekend for Elie Tahari, beginning on Saturday with a trip to the hospital. While a construction crew and party staff put the finishing touches on his new East Hampton store, Tahari accompanied his wife Rory to the emergency room after injuries she sustained from an earlier horse accident weren’t healing. Fortunately, after brief treatment, she was given a clean bill of health and released in time for the Main Street boutique’s opening soiree.

It certainly wasn’t the kind of relaxing afternoon for which the designer had hoped. Nevertheless, there he stood, gamely greeting well-wishing friends and fans on the second floor of the shop as guests flooded in downstairs. Debbie Bancroft, receiving kudos for her front-page appearance in the Times that day, mingled among New Yorkers for Children’s Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and David Yurman. Starlets Sophia Bush and Jill Hennessy came and then snuck out quietly while the rest of the tan, thin and gussied-up guests drank the bar dry long before the 8:30 end time.

Luckily, there was more bubbly at the Tahari’s Southampton estate, where a select group gathered for dinner. But the festivities didn’t end there for Tahari, who was throwing his children a birthday party the following day. “We’re having it at a horse farm,” he said.

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