Dispatch: Nacho Figueras on Liberty Island; Donna Karan Honors Courtney Sale Ross at Starlight Ball
June 05, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Vanessa Kay, Clive Owen, Delfina Blaquier, and Nacho Figueras
Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
Bridgehampton Polo superstar Nacho Figueras brought the sport of kings to Liberty Island this Saturday. Why the move to Liberty Island? “Because Governor's Island is under renovations,” explained Figueras. “And the view here is spectacular!”
Co-host Clive Owen noted that he is also a fan of horse racing. “I hope to go to the Belmont Stakes if I get a day off next weekend.” He’s presently shooting a film in the area.
Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison, in a white dress by Trina Turk, said her shoes were by YSL. “If I had had a hat,” said the pale blonde beauty in the blaring sun, “I would have worn it.”
Also in white: Minka Kelly in a frock by Zac Posen and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi in a vintage, off-the-shoulder Calypso dress. “I used to have a boyfriend in college who rode for the Pakistani national team,” said Lakshmi. And was he good? “Really good . . . at polo,” she quipped.
Nicole Ross and Courtney Sale Ross
Live @Club Starlight
That same night, at the Ross School in East Hampton, the Ninth Annual Live @Club Starlight Ball honored school founder Courtney Sale Ross. Ross looked ethereal in a light, zebra-print chiffon dress with beading around the neckline. Roberta Flack, who performed, had very curly reddish hair and wore a choker. And Ross’ stunning blonde daughter Nicole had on an Hervé Léger-style bandage top with a flowing white skirt. Both she and Donna Karan sang Ross’ praises at the podium.
Rarefied auction items included a three-hour tour aboard "The Devil," Ross’ private boat, and having the Red Hot Chili Peppers play at the venue of your choice. Wow!
Also spotted in the Hamptons this past week: Vogue's Jillian Demling and über stylist Annabel Tollman recently commandeered a table at Banzai Burger in Napeague to catch a Celtics game.
Preserving North Main Street
Last, a note of gratitude to Alexander Ewing, Jr., a descendant of the Mulfords, the very first family of East Hampton. An inspired environmental lawyer, Ewing stepped up the game of my legal team that’s battling to stop a convenience store from opening on North Main Street in East Hampton. His advice has made it possible for our team to have a chance during our second visit to the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
The update is that the Town of East Hampton neglected to defend its zoning board’s decision to allow the store when the town code would strictly prohibit a retail store at this location. In their papers, the opposition answered few of the many legal issues raised by our team. Fingers crossed that any local desire for 24-hour slushy drinks and beer is outweighed by the desire to preserve the historic feel of North Main Street, already a traffic bottleneck to The Springs and The Northwest Woods.
Many thanks to those who’ve showed interest in the cause: local lawyer Jeffrey Bragman, who cares deeply about North Main, quietly consulted us behind the scenes; Hamptons scribe Michael Braverman wrote a blog to boost our cause; Judy Licht and Jerry Della Femina frequently inquire about our progress, and have given valuable input on local lawyers; and Susan Magrino, Martha Stewart’s publicist, helped me reach out to a key local player.