A Fitting Finale
September 07, 2011 | Talk of the Town
Nas performs at Axe Lounge
The final weekend of summer had New Yorkers on a mad dash to try to squeeze in all the fun they had missed the weekend before thanks to the hurricane. There was no shortage of events for the weekend warriors to attend, particularly at Gilt City’s house in Bridgehampton, where Gilt’s Nate Richardson and Lee Brian Schrager hosted a number of private bashes.
First up was Shake Shack's Wet Hot Hamptons Summer Cookout presented by Milagro and Sailor Jerry, which drew chef and cookbook author Katie Lee—who has the best burger recipe known to man—and TV personality Nate Berkus. Berkus was spotted happily munching the delicious fare. Later in the weekend Vanessa Hudgens stopped by the Gilt City house for a meal prepared by Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins. The actress, clad in a teal maxi dress, sipped Stoli cocktails with her friends while devouring fried chicken, creamed corn, she crab soup and peach cobbler.
Over in East Hampton, Hamptons Rocks for Charity happened after being rained out the week before. Guests including Howard and Beth Ostrosky Stern, Donny Deutsch and Hoda Kotb were treated to a concert by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a large portion of the proceeds went to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. At Georgica, Kelly Bensimon and amNewYork threw a benefit for Food Bank of NYC. The housewife was joined by cast mates Cindy Barshop and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and her beau Jacques Azoulay, Hamptons own Samantha Yanks and Georgica owner Seth Levine. The room really got rocking with a little help from crooner Constantine Maroulis, who performed some of his hits from Rock of Ages.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg turned up at the 2011 Hampton Classic Hats event by Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Siggi and others in Bridgehampton, but sadly Hizzoner was sans headwear. Thankfully every woman in attendance had gotten into the theme and donned some spectacular designs by the best milliners.
In the Hamptons clubs, Nas dropped by to host the final night of the season at Axe Lounge in Southampton. Wearing a black T-shirt and jeans and toting a cigar, the rapper got into his performance, gold bling jangling as he jumped around with the microphone. South Pointe, also in Southampton, drew electronica maven Erick Morillo to the turntables. (A treat since the DJ rarely plays a venue that intimate.) Out in Montauk at Gurney’s, the Koch brothers and their Day & Night Brunch was barely underway when the magnums of bubbly started flying out to the tables. The bacchanal bash lasted well into the afternoon.
And there was The Hole's Wet 'N' Wild Party hosted by Fabiola Beracasa out in Montauk, which was summed up best by an onlooker: “It’s just a bunch of hot women here jumping up and down.” In this man’s defense, model May Anderson was having a blast in a bouncy castle behind him, tossing around inflatable beach balls. Which prompted another onlooker to reply, “A very fitting end to summer, indeed.”
BY SEAN EVANS