Celebrity Sightings

Sir Ivan and Bunny Mina at Castlestock - Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com
Unlike Las Vegas where what happens in Vegas, well, never gets repeated, what happens in the Hamptons gets reported everywhere case in point Sir Ivan’s Castlestock 2009 to benefit the Peaceman Foundation. Hundreds dropped by his fantastic castle, seriously a castle complete with a moat and drawbridge, for a night that, a few guests reported, could have been a scene at the Playboy Mansion. Over the top décor and outrageous costumes made for a night that will long be remembered. Spotted enjoying the frivolity were Bunny Mina, Sharon Bush, Dr. Howard Sobel, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” actor and activist Donegal Fitzgerald, Social Life magazine's Justin Mitchell and Devorah Rose, Plum TV’s Nick Leighton, and scores more.

For more stately affairs, Anne Hearst McInerney and author Jay McInerney hosted the annual Best Buddies benefit at their Water Mill home with guest of honor, and New York Governor, David Paterson. Also in the western-themed mix were Kathy and Rick Hilton, Holiday Hayes, Jason Binn of Niche Media and Hamptons magazine, Ralph Lauren model and polo player Nacho Figueras with his wife Delfina Balquier, Amanda Hearst, Broadway producers Bonnie Comley and Stewart Lane, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Sarah Herbert-Galloway, Marty Richards, and Somers Farkas.

Hello entourage! Finally someone, in this case music and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, brought a full-fledged entourage to the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field. Also in attendance and looking fabulous was Serena Altschul, far from her days as an MTV News reporter and now with CBS News, who watched the match side by side Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel of “The Real Housweives of New York City.”

The Blue Parrott in East Hampton is cultivating a fabulous flock so to speak as Tory Burch, Veronica Webb, hair guru Frederic Fekkai, leading man Alec Baldwin, Harvey Weinstein with designer wife Georgina Chapman, Larry Gagosian, Ron Perelman, and rock music legends Jon Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters all popped by for a Tex Mex nibble.

Countdown To New York Fashion Week

In just a few weeks, fashion industry professionals from around the globe will convene in the iconic Bryant Park Tents to preview the Spring/Summer 2010 Collections. The runways will showcase the most inspiring new looks worn by top models, as they present the Collections from many creative designers never before seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, alongside some of America’s most established names in fashion.

These newcomers and first-timers who include David Elfin, Cesar Galindo, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Vassilios Kostetsos, Toni Francesc, Tory Burch, Trias, and the Argentinean Designer Collections, will show their collections on the same runways as designers as Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Max Azria, Dennis Basso, Badgley Mischka, Tracy Reese, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others who hail from all over the world including Brazil, China, Nigeria, Korea, Japan, Israel, Spain, France, Germany and Australia.

"We are always pleased to embrace new designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” said Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion. “We know this platform provides ample opportunities for these designers to do business in the market and to generate maximum publicity."

Some of the inspirations which have influenced these newcomers to the tents are:

- David Elfin - His designs have an artistic aesthetic that bestrides androgynous and the suggestive, with added geometric prints and a classic, original flare.

- Cesar Galindo - The Texas native began as an assistant designer in the 1980s before designing his own signature label which sells to upscale designer boutiques and department stores.

- Erin Wasson x RCVA - Leading model, Erin Wasson has graced the covers of countless magazines and in the spring of 2009 launched her womenswear collection in collaboration with surf and skate lifestyle brand RCVA. The line embodies Wasson’s signature low-key style and edge and mixes with RCVA’s roots in action sports, introducing a fresh outlook on fashion to the international marketplace.

- Vassilios Kostetsos - Well known and loved in Greece, fashion designer Vassilios Kostetsos has been a leader in the fashion industry for the past 15 years. He is known for his divine designs, indulging our fashion expectations and dreams.

- Toni Francesc - A Catalan designer, Toni has shown his designs all over the world.

- Tory Burch - Launched in 2004, Tory’s classic American sportswear line brought together an eclectic sensibility with her unique personal style and spirit. Tory Burch is a lifestyle concept with multiple product categories including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry – while not new, is she showing at the Tents for the first time.

- Trias - Spanish designer to present his first Collection of crisp, radical apparel with modern classism influence paired with exaggerated detail shown through bold shape, lines and overall construction.

The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week schedule kicks off with Michael Angel followed by BCBGMAXAZRIA, David Elfin, Duckie Brown, Ports 1961, Rosa Chà, Cesar Galindo, Cynthia Steffe, Yigal Azrouёl, Twinkle by Wenlan, Charlotte Ronson, Monarchy Collection, Nicole Miller, ARISE African Promise Collective, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Venexiana, Lacoste, Georges Chakra, Andy & Debb, Academy of Art University, Christian Siriano, Chado Ralph Rucci, Vivienne Tam, Lela Rose, Derek Lam, Toni Maticevski, DKNY, Thuy, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Y-3, Tuleh, Custo Barcelona, Vassilios Kostetsos, Carolina Herrera, Carlos Miele, Jill Stuart, Tracy Reese, Yeohlee, Tadashi Shoji, Tony Cohen, Gottex, Badgley Mischka, Brian Reyes, Pamella Roland, MAX AZRIA, Dennis Basso, Willow, Tibi, Narciso Rodriguez, Toni Francesc, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Milly by Michelle Smith, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Anna Sui, Maria Pinto, Doo.Ri, Ralph Lauren, Allude, Isaac Mizrahi, Trias, Calvin Klein Collection, Chocheng, Argentinean Designer Collections, and Tommy Hilfiger.

The Bryant Park Tents’ three venues include the Salon, the Promenade and the Tent. Over the course of eight days, approximately 100,000 people will pass through these venues to attend shows, meet and greet the media, retailers and fashion professionals - each doing their business from morning to night.

Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by DHL, American Express, Maybelline New York, W Hotels Worldwide, TRESemmé, Palm Inc., McDonald's McCafé, LU Biscuits, Peroni, Chambord and O.N.E.™ One Natural Experience as well as the following media outlets The New York Times, Women's Wear Daily and Getty Images. Each of these sponsors will be providing hospitality, services and amenities to make the hectic week of shows as effortless and pleasurable as possible for all attendees.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is an IMG owned and produced event. The Spring/Summer Collections will be held September 10-17, 2009. For more information visit

Beauty Buzz: Hair Goes Fabulous For Fall

I try hundreds of beauty products and love to pass on the scoop of the few great ones that top my list. These have all been tried, tested, and thoroughly put through the beauty wringer not just by me but my team of beauty junkies. So trust me when I tell you to try something, you will love it because if I didn’t I’d never mention it. Just this week in my beauty bag I found a hair care system that will restore any damage the summer did on your tresses that you simply have to have.

After a long summer in the pool or at the beach your hair might be a little, how can I say this nicely, crunchy. If you look like you’ve been stuck in the Sahara without a mirror try HerCut, a line of shampoos, conditioners, and catalysts that will treat the specific needs of your haircut.

For those of us with long layers I use the system made for my cut and it really adds bounce and shine that I couldn’t get before even with styling products. And heat damage, well simply disappears, it really does, it’s amazing.

First, the HerCut Normal to Oily Shampoo ($19) has a very light fragrance that won’t overwhelm and a rich lather. Somehow it even brings out the color of my hair – highlights are more vibrant even after they are way past their prime. The HerCutLight Conditioner ($19), again lightly scented, doesn’t weight down my hair even after a longer treatment I still get great results. Now for the best part, HerCut Long Layers Catalyst ($22) – a styling serum/leave in conditioner that separates each strand of hair adding fullness and movement.

Finally I can wash, dry, and go looking fabulous.

· HerCut is available online at HerCut.com and Sephora.com starting September 1st.

Celebrity Sightings

If after all these weeks you haven’t gone to Blue Parrot in East Hampton, if not for the delish food and great drinks but for the celebrities, where have you been going? They have A-List owners and investors who like to use the joint as their private lounge each weekend. For example, Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, the restaurant’s rumored investor, hosted a dinner party in celebration of her upcoming film, “My One and Only.” On Renee’s guest list were such names as designer Marc Jacobs with fiancée Lorenzo Martone, designer Tory Burch, polo player and model Nacho Figueras and wife Delfina Blaquier, rockstar Jon Bon Jovi, laughing lady Joy Behar, and reality star Bethenny Frankel. One name absent from the list was Renee's rumored boyfriend Bradley Cooper. Earlier in the week, other diners included heavy hitters Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Gordon, and Alec Baldwin.

PR guru and confidant of the Kardashian clan, Jonathan Cheban, can now also add animal defender to his resume. Jonathan was spotted making a brief escape from The Social Life Art Show this past weekend with Social Life Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Devorah Rose to come to the rescue of an injured dog. The reality TV regulars returned the wounded pup to its owner after an unknown driver hit the animal on the road, leaving it to suffer. Jonathan and Devorah returned to the Social Life Estate after ensuring that the dog was in good hands, and would make a full recovery.

Maggie Wheeler, aka Janice, Chandler’s girlfriend on "Friends," was spotted at Turtle Crossing on Thursday night enjoying the Laughing Pizza performance with friends while enjoying some classic BBQ – ribs, brisket, corn bread and more. The next night Tony Award winning actress Joan Allen (most recently seen in "The Bourne Ultimatum") was spotted sitting at the bar at Turtle Crossing with friends listening to Mama Lee Rose & Friends sipping pellegrino.

Vince Papale, a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and who the 2006 movie the Invincible was based on, he was played by Mark Wahlberg, was spotted having lunch on Saturday afternoon at Rowdy Hall with kids and a friend.

The weekly roll call at Nick & Toni’s included Richard Gere and GE Smith who enjoyed a quiet meal in the back room with their wives, Steve Spielberg and Kate Capshaw who dined with Ed Burns and Christy Turtlington, designer Betsey Johnson, finally a large group of 14 sat outside on the patio including rock promoter Ron Delsener, Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel following her performance at The Stephen Talkhouse.

Dance To The Music At "On Our Toes in the Hamptons"

Ecidence Dance Company
Bernard Jackson and Joyce Mullins_JacksonBreak out your dancing shoes and get ready to be moved by the music! One of the end of summer highlights is back this weekend as "On Our Toes in the Hamptons," the annual performance and fundraising gala featuring Evidence, A Dance Company one of the world’s premier professional dance companies, returns for the sixth year.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown, Evidence, A Dance Company is rooted in African dance fusing Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet with the rhythms and sounds of the African Diaspora and Caribbean cultures. The late afternoon gala will take place at the Water Mill residence of The Honorable Bernard Jackson and Joyce Mullins-Jackson this Saturday, August 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Former CBS’ “The Early Show” co-anchor and best-selling author Rene Syler will be the event’s emcee.

Alicia and Daniel BythewoodAlicia Bythewood, of Sag Harbor and New York, is Chairman of what has become the premiere African American cultural event of the season. Her committee includes fashion designer b Michael, Gail Monroe Perry, Harriet Michel, Brian and Mira Mullins, Donna Williams, Neil R. Lowe, Reggie Canal, Leslie Mays, Zaid Abdul-Aleem, Dwayne Ashley, Monica F. Azare, Joanne E. Hill, Andrea Hoffman, Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont, James Sullivan, Jocelyn Taylor, Dr. Ancy Verdier, Lisa B. Walker, and Reginald Van Lee.

The late afternoon event will take place on the spacious poolside decks and under a tent designed by noted interior designers Anthony Bell of Interiors by Anthony Bell and Deanna Annis of the Furniture Garden. The late afternoon fete will feature 10 Cane Rum cocktails courtesy of Moet Hennessey, abundant hors d’oeuvres and several paella stations from The Seafood Shop of Wainscott, and silent and live auctions of luxury items and one-of-a-kind packages and performances by the company.

Nicole B. Brewer and Reginald Van LeeSelect auction items will be available for advance bidding on Charity Buzz. Among the fabulous items that will be up for bid are: a Quadruple Celebrity Makeover with make up, hairstylist, celebrity photographer session and a designer from H & M; sparkling watches from Christian Dior; a unique internship at the Basketball Academy; a private dance session and lunch with acclaimed choreographer/dancer Ronald K, Brown; an oil painting by celebrated artist Alvin Clayton; and glittering jewels from Judith Ripka, Emily & Ashley, Zales, and Jewels of the Ocean.

Generous sponsors of the event include HSBC Premier, Prudential, Continental Airlines and 10 Cane Rum/Moet Hennessey. Christian Dior will provide fabulous gift bags. The event is coordinated by The JFM Group.

There are a few tickets still available for this inspired event so hurry!

Fashion’s A-List Takes Over East Hampton

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Calvin Klein - Photo by Lisa Tamburini
Over the years I’ve gone to some very fabulous parties with plenty of celebrities and business moguls but this past Friday night I was lucky enough to head over to Guild Hall in East Hampton for the opening party for the new “Art of Fashion in the Hamptons” exhibition.

Nicole B. Brewer and Betsey Johnson - Photo by Lisa TamburiniTalk about star power – Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Donna Karan, Reed Krakoff of COACH, Tory Burch, and Ralph Lauren were under one roof celebrating fashion and art merging with their vignettes curated by two people who really know their fashion - Pamela Fiori, Editor in Chief of Town & Country magazine, and Stan Herman, artist and former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Chatting with these designers was a sweet deal for the fashion junkie in me. How often can you put your arm around Calvin Klein and ask about fashion trends or talk inspiration with Donna Karan? The designers, who had worked on the project for some six months in conjunction with the curators and Guild Hall to choose inspiration art, milled about happy to discuss their inspiration and talk fashion.

Betsey Johnson came with a convertible wedding dress and tiara and explained with a giggle that she had been married two and a half times but loves weddings. Nicole Miller explained that for her the exhibit was an homage to her love of the sea and was comprised of blue party dresses on a shimmering blue mirrored floor. Designer Elie Tahari and wife Rory Tahari examined the vignettes holding hands and stroking each other like lovers all night as if they were alone at the museum. As each others’ inspiration they design their line together and each creation is a feast for the eyes. For fall, Elie says that black leggings are an essential.

Nicole B. Brewer and Donna Karan - Photo by Lisa TamburiniDonna Karan, who told me that she finds her inspiration working in her late-husband Stephen Weiss’ art studio, embraced the ideal of her Urban Zen Collection and showed off her new “Seven Easy Pieces” that should be in every woman’s wardrobe – pants, skirt, blouse, dress, jacket, jumpsuit, and great accessories. As the evening ended Donna was popping in and out chatting with friends clearly loving the night. She found a pair of sunglasses sitting on one the tables as she was leaving and asked around to find the owner after first looking to see if they were DKNY, they weren’t but mine were and she noticed with a quick, “Love that!,” as I interviewed her.

The exhibition is open to the public at Guild Hall, Main Street in East Hampton, until October.

Nicole B. Brewer interviewing Vera Wang - Photo by Lisa Tamburini

Sweet Endings: Blueberry Cosmo Is A Seasonal Smash

During the summer it's easy to go for the quick and easy margarita, mojito, or daiquiri but for a sweet, but not too sweet, change try a Blueberry Cosmo at Barristers Restaurant on Main Street in Southampton. This surprisingly refreshing concoction is a mix of Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Triple Sec, and a splash of cranberry and lime juices. Buy it by the glass for dinner or by the pitcher for a party. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Other fun cocktails on the menu include a Reggae Sunsplash (Bacardi Light Rum, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry and pineapple juice), the Strawberry Colada, and a Volcano (Southern Comfort, Vodka, Amaretto, pineapple and orange juice, and a splash of grenadine).

With this delicious Blueberry Cosmo I enjoyed lunch one afternoon with owner Michael Ferran in the outdoor back patio dining room. On a breezy summer day this space is a delight with natural light and side-street people watching. He said that the Memorial Day rush seemed as if, “a cargo ship unloaded at the end of the street." The crowd was a “mix of Europeans" he noted who were enjoying the exchange rate of the Euro and shopping like mad all over town.

We talked about the delicious menu available for lunch and dinner year-round here at Barristers. While Michael loves the BLT, he gives credit to the vegetable melt and calamari as close seconds. One of my favorites, the grilled peach salad will be back when local peaches come back in season at the end of the summer.

What to drink? He prefers wines instead of mixed drinks especially the Le Crema Chardonnay from California. All the wines on the list here are chosen by taste as well as ratings and he likes to keep the prices reasonable. Remember - a wine doesn't need a huge price tag to be good.

Barristers Restaurant is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere that keeps people coming back week after week, year after year. Another thing that keeps them coming back are the burgers, made from freshly ground meat from Catena's Market every day, which some say are the best in town. Michael laughs, “I love the burgers when I'm not eating the BLT's."

Celebrity Sightings

The cast of Beautiful Life Nick Tortorella, Sarah Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth and Jordan Woolley - Photo by Wire Image
Seriously folks, if you aren’t hanging out in the Hamptons you must not be looking for celebrities. No need to travel to LA or NYC, they’re here by the beach.

Tim George Jr and Heather Mills - Photo by Wire ImageOn the party scene, Heather Mills (Paul McCartney's infamous ex-wife) was seen chatting with race car driver Tim George Jr. at the Social Life estate celebrating his magazine cover with publisher Justin Mitchell. Out in Montauk, reality star ("The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" and "The Real Housewives of New York City") turned bestselling author Bethenny Frankel partied at the Montauk Yacht Club promoting her new Skinnygirl Margarita line. Over at the AXE Lounge at Dune in Southampton young and fabulous faces including Brittny Gastineau and the cast of “Beautiful Life” Nico Tortorella, Sarah Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth, and Jordan Woolley partied until dawn.

Just this weekend I heard that Nick & Toni’s was jam packed (as per usual!) with celebs including fashion designers Isaac Mizrahi and Shoshanna Lowenstein, Drew Nieporent, polo player and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, Rory Tahari, "Shock Jock" Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky-Stern, Nobu’s Richie Notar, music mogul Tommy Mottola and wife Thalia, music diva Mary J. Blige dined with record executive L.A. Reid, Bob Balaban was in with Mort Zuckerman, Anne Heche, Nathan Lane, and Twitter-loving A-List couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore popped in during their Hamptons trip prior to the premier of his new flick, "Spread."

Christie Brinkley - Photo by Wire ImageAcross town, Watergate’s Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward had a BBQ lunch at Townline BBQ with their wives. Wonder what those two wordsmiths were chatting about, oh to be a fly on the wall sometimes. Meanwhile, designer Betsey Johnson dined with her family on Saturday night at Matto.

Other famous faces spotted out and about included Christie Brinkley who brought her famous Cover Girl smile to the 20th Annual Family Day Wild, Wild West Carnival for the Einstein College of Medicine. During the weekly schmmozefest also known as the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field I spotted Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen as well as Ramona Singer of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” art dealer Vered, and NFL veteran Antonio Garay.

Great Chef’s Dinner = One Delicious Success

The Great Chefs 2009
What’s there to do on a Sunday night in the Hamptons, well plenty actually, but seriously when it comes to big benefits they’re usually reserved for a jam-packed Saturday night. The clever organizers behind the annual Great Chefs Dinner, namely event founder Lizz Salaway, think outside of the box and know that Saturdays are packed and plan their annual event to benefit Jeff’s Kitchen at the Hayground School for Sunday when social calendars are a bit lighter. Not only is the crowd fabulous but the guest chefs come from both the North Fork and the Hamptons bringing their scrumptious talents with them to share with the guests.

This year Chef Eric Ripert, famous chef/owner of Le Bernardin and guest judge on “Top Chef,” headed the team of chefs creating the special seated dinner with Joseph Realmuto (Nick & Toni’s), Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn), and Miche Bacher (Sacred Sweets). Together these chefs put together a family style dinner of ceviche, striped bass, Hayground Salad, and tantalizing sweet endings each course paired with wines from Bedell Cellars. Eric explained that his ties to the Hayground School are pretty clear – his children “attend the summer camp and love to spend time in the kitchen and garden.” For the charming Eric, who does not make the social rounds and prefers to spend low-key time with family, being part of this event is “giving back.”

Chef Eric Ripert takes his bow in the kitchen.Another famously handsome “Top Chef” was on hand with a delicious bite during the cocktail party, Sam Talbot, as in the Season 2 winner and chef at Surf Lodge in Montauk. Sam brought a crab creation with blueberries, ginger, and crumpled popcorn – different and very tasty – and his sense of humor. He said that this was his “go-to” dish for big parties and that it’s “something that no one else ever does” so it’s become his “signature” cocktail party nosh. With his car, surfboards strapped to the roof of course, waiting and ready for the next destination, Sam told me that married life (to Columbian model wife Paolo Guerrero) was “wonderful” as he flashed his wedding ring. He also beamed when he talked about his restaurant, the Mondrian in SoHo, slated to open in 2010. Can’t wait to set that reservation.

Nearly 200 foodies dropped by for the cocktail party to sample tid-bits created by Kevin Penner (1770 House), Brian Futerman (Foody’s), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Andrew Engle (The Laundry), Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Jason Weiner (Almond), Michael Domitrovich (Montauk Yacht Club), Gerry Hayden (North Fork Table and Inn) , Jesse and Reed Boone (Mark it with a G), Michael Osinski (Widows Hole Oysters), and Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniolas Gourmet). Cocktails came by way of Crop Vodka, Vine Wine + Café, Fire Island Beer, VOSS Water, TeaNY, and Thunder Island Coffee.

A birds eye view of dinner.One hundred lucky folks staying on for dinner including artist April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Toni Ross, Kelly Killoren Bensimon of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Southampton Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst, event planner extraordinaire Jill Gordon, and Brenda Seimer Scheider. Between ticket sales and the evenings silent art auction to event raised well over $60,000.

Event founder Lizz Salaway (in black wiht glasses) celebrates the night with friends.

Ashton And Demi Premier In East Hampton

Edgar Dutreil, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Margarita Levieva Twitter fanatic Ashton Kutcher and his equally A-List movie star wife Demi Moore made the Hamptons look like Hollywood East at the premier of his new film, “Spread,” at the UA East Hampton. Together with co-star Anne Heche, the screening, hosted by Hamptons Magazine and Gotham Magazine publisher Jason Binn and Editor in Chief Cristina Cuomo, was attended by celebs Jordan Woolley, Nico Tortorella, Sarah Paxton, Ben Hollingsworth, Sebastian Stan, Leighton Meester, Margarita Levieva, Donna Karen with daughter Gabby. The party moved further east with an after-party at hotspot Lilypond. (All photos by Wire Image)

Sarah PaxtonNico TortorellaAnne HecheAshton Kutcher and Demi MooreCristina Cuomo and Jason BinnDonna KarenLeighton MeesterMargarita LevievaSebastian Stan

Picture Perfect Polo

The weather was picture perfect on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge 2009 at Blue Star Jets Field with host sponsor Diamond Teak and between the VIP tent, sponsor tent, and private tailgating tents there was dish galore to report.

Nicole B. Brewer and Denise Rich at Bridgehampton Polo - Photo by John WegorzewskiUpon my arrival I chatted with racecar driver, and current Social Life magazine cover model, Tim George Jr. The New Yorker, who now resides in Charlotte, NC, grew up splashing around on the Hamptons beaches and now enjoys time off the track with his brother at the Bridgehampton Bath and Tennis Club. Sponsored by Ruby Tuesdays, the smiling racing cutie mingled with the masses looking chic before heading to the Social Life house later that night for his cover party hosted by publisher Justin Mitchell.

In the swank private tailgating tents the ultra-sophisticated Denise Rich was hosting a cocktail smash for friends of her Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Denise is full of life and her generosity is overflowing as evidenced when we spoke about our daughters. She explained that the charity is in remembrance of her daughter Gabrielle who sadly passed away at the very young age of 27 from cancer. Together with her two surviving daughters, Ilona Rich Schachter and Daniella Rich Kilstock, she will host the Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on October 20. The evening will honor Tricia and Thomas Quick and include a star-studded musical extravaganza featuring Estelle. When remembering past galas she laughed that relating that she had once literally "chased after Jennifer Hudson wearing her Manolo Blannik’s," stopping at nothing until the singer agreed to be part of her event. Only in the Hamptons for a brief stay, Denis is headed back to St. Tropez in the South of France to cruise around in her yacht, the “Lady Joy,” as she continues to plan for the Angel Ball.

Also seen in the mix watching the ponies on the field were Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” celebrity blogger Tia Walker, Heather Mills (as in ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney), and scores of pretty model types.

Weekend At A Glance

This weekend in the Hamptons is packed with events large and small as always during the summer crush. Here are a few to put on the top of your list:

Nicole B Brewer and author Nelson DeMille at 4th Annual Authors Night- Photo by Barry GordinAfter you get out of the pool or off the beach the fourth week of the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at Blue Star Jets Field, hosted by Diamond Teak furniture, promises to be a great place for celebrity spotting over in the VIP hospitality tent between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. I hear that Denise Rich is expected to drop by and that mean a flotilla of fabulous people with very bold-faced names.

Book lovers can head over to the East Hampton Library on Saturday night starting at 5:30 p.m. to chat up their favorite authors as the 5th Annual Author's Night rolls into town once again. The evening is hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs, Alec Baldwin (A Promise to Ourselves), Candace Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, Sex and the City), and Jay McInerney (How It Ended; Bright Lights, Big City) and the chance to chat up your favorite author and have a book inscribed are all part of the fun. Over 100 authors are expected including Pulitzer Prize winners Robert A. Caro and Philip Schultz, legendary journalist Barbara Walters, renowned food writer Florence Fabricant, Hayden Planetarium Director and Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Steven Gaines, Bethenny Frankel, Nelson DeMille, A.M. Homes, Dava Sobel, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Stuart Woods, and many more.

To celebrate the opening of their new movie “Spread,” the very A-List Twitter-fanatic Ashton Kutcher and co-star Anne Heche are expected to attend the Hamptons Magazine bash in their honor over at Lily Pond in East Hampton on Saturday. Montauk Yach Club promises to be a hotbed of drama late Saturday night at the Skinnygirl Margarita line launch party hosted by Bethenny Frankel, celebrity chef, NY Times best-selling author, and famously a co-star of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

LeBernardin's Eric Ripert and Nicole B. Brewer at the 2008 Great Chefs Dinner - Photo by John WegorzewskiMoving on to Sunday, skip brunch, lunch, and don’t even think about going to dinner before you head over to the annual 2009 Great Chef’s Dinner at the Hayground School. The evening will honor Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and benefit Hayground School’s Jeff’s Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. When it comes to foodie heaven this is it folks – chefs come from all over the North and South Forks to create delicious bites that you can sample again and again during cocktail hour. From chops to sushi to seafood there’s something for everyone from chefs Jesse and Reese Boone (Mark it with G), Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniola's Gourmet), Michael Domitrovitch (Montauk Yacht Club), Andrew Engle (The Laundry), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s), Gerry Hayden (North Fork Table & Inn), Michael Osinski (Widow's Hole Oysters), Kevin Penner (1770 House), Tom Schaudel (A Mano), Cheryl Stair (Art of Eating), Sam Talbot (Surf Lodge, Top Chef), and Jason Weiner (Almond). Cheers!

Need A Financial Makeover?

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