Dispatch: Stargazing; Harry Winston Launch; Beaches and Bays; and More
July 03, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Andre Saraiva, Allison Sarofim, and Stuart Parr at the Harry Winston dinner at Sunset Beach
Celeb spotting and tweeting is a sport that diners, and passengers, from Southampton to Montauk love to loathe. Dispatches, for example, seems to be on the same train schedule as Anh Duong this summer. Last Friday, we took the 3:58 PM train on Friday, and this week, we were both in the Amagansett car on the 1:43 PM train.
Other stars spied this summer: at Nick and Toni’s, Billy Joel on the porch, Christy Turlington on a girls' night out, and Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas, before they got hitched; at Townline BBQ (for takeout), Mary-Kate Olsen with her older beau Olivier Sarkozy; at La Fondita, Liv Tyler and son tucking into fish tacos; at Indian Wells Tavern, Ethan Hawke slurping oysters on the half shell; at Rowdy Hall, on Tuesday of last week, Anjelica Huston having a margarita; and on Saturday, Dylan Lauren and her brother Andrew at Banzai Burger.
Harry Winston Launch at Sunset Beach
On Friday, Frédéric de Narp, the charismatic president and CEO of Harry Winston, hosted a glam dinner at Sunset Beach. He set a long, thin white table for 80 near a row of vineyard grapes on a hill behind the hotel’s restaurant. At sunset, as if on cue, the sky turned a fiery shade of orange. Later, Stuart Parr ended up taking the mic for an admirable rendition of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.”
Harry Winston dinner at Sunset Beach
“He gets bored,” quipped his gorgeous gal pal, actress Allison Sarofim, at the Perrier Jouët-fueled fête. The menu included crispy artichokes, oysters on the half shell, white gazpacho shots, salt-crusted fish, and pommes frites. New York-based rockers The Virgins played an intimate concert. And Celine of Les Canelés de Céline dished up delish mini-pastries. The occasion marked the launch of Winston’s zalium alloy Ocean Sport Chronographs. While some guests arrived by seaplane, my ferry back to the mainland included the cars of Russell Simmons, Anne Vyalitsyna, Patrick McMullan, and Derek Blasberg.
Reed and Delphine Krakoff Exhibit Opening
On Saturday, an impressively slender Reed Krakoff held a viewing of an exhibit entitled "One Chair," actually a series of colorful felt chairs that he created with his wife, Delphine, an inspired interior designer. Harper's Books on Newtown Lane in East Hampton, where the show took place, has a quirky, fun assemblage of tomes. And down the street, painter Donald Sultan opened a show with punchy color at The Drawing Room.
Kim Raver was the big name at The Nature Conservancy’s annual Beaches and Bays Gala, held at their Center for Conservation on Route 114 in East Hampton, also on Saturday. Apparently, her mother, Tina Raver-Meltesen, is a trustee of the Long Island branch of the organization. “I’ve been coming out here my whole life,” said the Grey’s Anatomy star, who was wearing a form-hugging dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
The old Kaplan-Seabury estate, where the party took place, is a gracious 130-year-old farmhouse posthumously donated to the conservancy by Jacob “Jack” M. Kaplan, who, at one time, owned Welch's Grape Juice. His late wife, Alice Manheim Kaplan, was a superb art collector. Fun fact: she discovered the work of Egon Schiele after an elevator let her off on the wrong floor. Later, in 1995, Christie’s sold her Egon Schiele self-portrait for $1.872 million. Her daughter Elizabeth was married to the Uruguayan sculptor Gonzalo Fonseca for 20 years. And her grandson, Caio Fonseca, is a highly regarded painter who shows at Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Marcus Samuelsson Book Release DInner
In Montauk, later that night, NYC’s Red Rooster chef Marcus Samuelsson cooked two seatings at Solé East. “Montauk is actually my favorite part of the Hamptons,” he told Dispatches. “But I ran a six-miler on the beach this morning, and my legs are killing me.”