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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 the injuries she sustained from an earlier horse accident weren’t healing. But a little treatment seemed to go a long way and she was released just 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 Taharis’ Southampton estate, where a select group gathered for dinner. Guests supped on poached asparagus and lamb chops before calling it a (long) night. 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.
Tahari’s wasn’t the only party on the island this weekend, though. Over in Southampton, Annette Lauer, Alex Kramer and Cristina Cuomo brought their little ones to Hatchlings to celebrate the new Hatch boys’ collection. As the yummy mummies sipped on Bellinis, the kids ran around slurping on gelati and mugging for the cameras.
This story first appeared in the August 14, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.