The Final Sail on the East End Social Scene
September 07, 2011 | Talk of the Town
Rosanna Scotto at Hamptons Rocks
If Jay McInerney, Anne Hearst, Sharon Bush and Ralph Lauren and his family were missing the last weekend of summer, we can excuse them. They had decamped to the RRL Ranch in Colorado for Lauren Bush’s wedding to David Lauren. It was Dylan Lauren who first noticed the young beauty, then at Princeton and sent to the company on a modeling run, and set her up with her brother, David. He had the good sense to take Lauren to the then-Alain Ducasse restaurant MiX, and he sent her red roses at Princeton on Valentine’s Day. It all culminated with the high-altitude nuptials on the RRL. Nice things apparently do happen to nice people.
On Thursday, Cinema Society’s The Lion King debut in East Hampton was postponed because, thanks to Hurricane Irene, the power had yet to be restored at the theater. That night, Crosby, Stills & Nash performed out near the airport for Hamptons Rocks for Charity, which benefited the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. While the band appeared ancient and then some, they still rock.
Film director Bart Freundlich, in a stocking cap, brought his son Cal, who plays guitar, and said he dug the vibe. Lifestyle expert Katlean de Monchy hosted cocktails for IntelliCell BioSciences on Friday. The company’s idea is to inject stem cells found in your own body’s fat to fight ailments. Sounds promising. At SoulCycle on Butter Lane that night, Allure’s Linda Wells led a 45-minute spinning class which included Katie Lee. During cocktails, Dan Turkewitz generously snapped up loads of auction items benefitting the Look Good...Feel Better Foundation.
Saturday afternoon, Noah Tepperberg debuted his frozen Artichoke Pizza line with balloons in the parking lot of Walbaum's in Southampton. Fun. And Trez and Walter Thomas invited Dispatches to their annual pool party for their son Prez. I spotted Beth DeWoody wearing a hat she’d just snapped up during the Shinnecock Indian Nation powwow at the reservation near her estate. Campion Platt had his adorable little daughter, Xenia, in tow.
Then Platt and I stopped by the home of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, also in Bridgehampton, for her daughter Victoria’s art show. LuAnn’s boyfriend, Jacques Azoulay, was playing tennis out front. The late Gunther Sachs did the big, orange, Warhol-like portrait of LuAnn inside the house, but it’s the antiques that give the place a real Gstaad-on-the-East End feel.
On Sunday at the Hampton Classic I ran into Charlie Walk, who chatted with Avis and Bruce Richards near Marcy and Michael Warren’s table. The Shifters, who are doing footwear with Sam Edleman, were seated at the Edlemans' swellegant table. Dispatches spotted a green Range Rover Evoque, the fuel-efficient, PC version of the SUV, parked on the grass out by the jumps. Sporty. My man Ward McLain, whom I profiled in a recent issue of Hamptons, won yet again! Dispatches rented a Hobie Cat on Sunday afternoon and took a last fast solo run on Fort Pond. I sailed back in time for Kelly Bensimon’s bash at Georgica for Food Bank for NYC, where I ran into Georgica chef Seth Levine. He had bonded with Taylor Armstrong when she was visiting the East End this summer, the night before she filed for divorce from her husband, who sadly took his own life last month. Understandably, Levine declined to discuss the tragedy.
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BY JEFFREY SLONIM