This summer’s Hamptons hostess extraordinaire, Alex Kramer, transformed her Bridgehampton home into a veritable cotton-candy-colored wonderland Thursday for a mother-daughter afternoon tea party celebrating the new Barbie and tween sis Stacie dolls designed by Lilly Pulitzer to benefit the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Between bites of petit fours, sandwiches and even Barbie cupcakes at tables outfitted in Lilly Pulitzer prints, little Park Avenue princesses and their grown-up princess mommies — like Helen and Storey Schifter, Jenny and Claire Kennedy, Julie Dannenberg and Lucie Regal and Kramer’s daughter Olivia — frolicked on the picturesque lawn and went for rides on the ponies brought in for the occasion.
“My daughter has the Barbie car, so of course all the girls were going crazy over that,” said Kramer.
The next afternoon, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Jennifer Creel and Ulla Parker hosted a Dolce & Gabbana luncheon at Savanna’s in Southampton. The charity circuit crew featuring Heather Mnuchin, Tory Burch, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Marjorie Raein turned up not just for lunch, but for a little shopping — a portion of the proceeds are being donated to Babby Buggy. Lavender, apparently, was the color of choice at the luncheon since everyone was either wearing it or buying it — a lavender lace wrap top was a particular hit.
“It’s a great time of year to be doing this,” explained Parker, “because everyone’s been here in Southampton sitting around and hasn’t shopped in a while.”
The following night, Burch stopped off with hubbie Chris at Scoop in East Hampton for Stefani Greenfield‘s party for Peggy Drexler and her book, “Raising Boys Without Men.” “I’m so proud of her,” gushed husband Mickey, while dodging queries about the impending IPO of J. Crew. Donnie Deutsch also dropped by to pay his respects with his two young nieces, Jillian and Dylan Mizner, in tow.
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Down the street, a screening of the new Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle, “Proof,” courtesy of Hamptons International Film Festival, Elle Accessories and David and Sybil Yurman, drew the likes of Calvin Klein, Bruce Wasserstein and Barry Diller and girls about town Fabiola Beracasa, Zani Gugelmann and Eleanor Ylvisaker. Much to everyone’s disappointment, polo star Nacho Figueras couldn’t be separated from his sexy fiancée, Delfina Blaquier. And even after the post-screening dinner, held at Chow, some of the fashion set, like Kelly and Gilles Bensimon, couldn’t help but party on. They headed to the Blue Parrot, only to find East Ender Renée Zellweger happily acting like a local and eating dish after dish of savory Mexican food.