With so many events in a Hamptons weekend you rarely find time to sit and have an actual chat with anyone. However, this weekend I squeezed a bit of time while making my rounds to catch up with Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen, both stars of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” at a benefit for the MacDella Cooper Foundation at Four Seasons Caterer in Southampton.
The couple, who had a rather busy day of socializing, was as sweet and fun as ever in their ‘Hamptons Chic’ attire (she in a dress by the nights featured designer Lalesso). We chatted about our kids (their boys and my girls), her new business ventures, and their trip to Australia. New news: Alex mentioned that Simon had recently stopped smoking. The nasty habit has plagued him for years, she noted with a frown, and he’s stopped cold turkey – good for you Simon! While he admits to being a bit jumpy he hasn’t gotten the munchies so he’ll stay trim for his couture wardrobe for years to come. Love the red leather pants!
You might now be wondering about this foundation so here’s the scoop... the MacDella Cooper Foundation was started in 2004 by MacDella Cooper, for the purpose of “attracting international investors to Liberian markets and creating awareness of the plight of the Liberian children through her humanitarian initiatives.” The evening in Southampton started with an afternoon of polo in Bridgehampton, dinner, and a fashion presentation by Lalesso. The day of Hamptons frivolity was a clever fundraising effort for the MCF Academy (think Oprah’s school for girls) which will open in Liberia in 2010.
Enjoying the match, dinner, and presentation along with Alex and Simon were Nole Marin a fashion guru and former judge on “America’s Next Top Model,” Heidi Albertson, Dolly and Barry Segal of the Segal Family Foundation, author Jasmin Rosemberg, and the rest of the RHONY cast Mario and Ramona Singer, Bobby and Jill Zarin, and LuAnn de Lesseps.