By now guests know what to expect at the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic — majestic thoroughbreds, top-notch party production, vintage-inspired glamour, and, given the sponsor, endless reserves of Champagne. The fifth one of these in the West Coast — the East Coast classic usually takes place in June at Liberty State Park in New Jersey — was held at Will Rogers State Park in the Pacific Palisades on Saturday.
A helping of celebrities more well known for their TV personas than their interest in equestrian competitive sports — like Lauren Conrad, for instance, and Hannah Simone of “New Girl,” as well as Anna Faris, Christina Hendricks, Rosario Dawson, Rashida Jones, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Scott Foley — popped the cork early before settling into their seats for a 1 p.m. match between Team Veuve Clicquot and Team Black Watch, led by Nacho Figueras.
Hendricks, joined by husband Geoffrey Arend, performed the ceremonial ball toss in an all-white Armani ensemble. Did anyone know what was actually going on? It was hard to tell, not that it mattered much when the bubbly started to flow.
Inside the VIP Wolfgang Puck-catered picnic, Faris and Dawson were clearly having the most fun catching up over the bottomless Champagne flutes. “I made him stay home and take care of the baby so I could drink all afternoon with my girls,” Faris said of husband Chris Pratt.
A few seats over, at a table with Simone, Sanaa Lathan, Joe Jonas and Alison Pill, Jones, most recently of “Parks and Recreation,” admired the sport before heading out early to get ready for the Hammer Museum gala. “I know everybody’s having like a social, good time, but they’re [the players are] working their asses off out there,” Jones said. “It’s like soccer on horses and also hockey. It’s crazy.” During the game, Figueras sported his signature white denim (“they’re a little bit stretchy”), while wife Delfina Blaquier kept it casual on the sidelines in a Diane von Furstenberg maxidress. “My favorite is right when they throw the ball,” Blaquier said. “Then I just concentrate on the game. I love it.” Also sporting the non-hue-of-the-moment was perennial polo guest Rachel Zoe, who brought her entire family to the festivities.
“My boys look like girls,” Zoe said while adjusting 10-month-old Kaius’ seersucker newsboy cap, which matched dad Rodger Berman’s suit coat. “It’s all Rachel,” Berman said. “She really wants [to have] a girl, so we’ll see…but we already have a lot going on.”