August 01, 2013 | by JEFFREY SLONIM
|Gwyneth Paltrow (photo: David Becker/gettyimages.com)|
Sunday, July 21: While her kids munched on chicken nuggets, Goop's Gwyneth Paltrow shared fried clams, fried shrimp, and a lobster roll with husband Chris Martin at Clam Bar. They had on flip flops and shorts and just missed Jerry Seinfeld, who arrived later in the evening with a large party.
Wednesday, July 24: After dinner with the kids at La Fondita, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber enjoyed a family movie night at the Hamptons Drive-In's outdoor movie, Wreck it Ralph, on the lawn at Amagansett Square. Meanwhile, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin dined tête-a-tête on the porch at Nick & Toni’s.
Friday, July 26: Guests had to sign construction waivers to enter The Watchcase, the 1881 Bulova factory in Sag Harbor in the midst of being converted into elegant condos. Jay McInerney chose the site for a reading from The Juice: Vinous Veritas, a collection of his musings about wine for The Wall Street Journal and House & Garden. There was also a wine tasting that included a Cotes de Provence rosé from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s vineyards. (McInerney co-wrote the script for Jolie's breakout film, Gia.)
Speaking of transformed venues, Montauk's The Crow's Nest was the site of The Cinema Society, The Hollywood Reporter, and Samsung screening of The Spectacular Now. “I just arrived a few hours ago,” mentioned Shailene Woodley, who stars in the spectacularly sweet story about high school kids coming to terms with life. “It’s gorgeous,” Woodley said of the pristine compound with gently sloping lawns. Also spotted: Giada De Laurentiis (wearing Haute Hippie), Andrew Lauren, the producer of the film, sis Dylan, sister in law Lauren Bush Lauren, and her mother, Sharon Bush. “Two years ago, if I said we were going to have a screening in Montauk, people would say, ‘Oh, God, it’s such a schlep.’ Now I think that Montauk has become the coolest place in Long island," said Andrew.
July 31, 2013 | by JEFFREY SLONIM
Donna Karan co-founded Super Saturday, which benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, with Liz Tilberis in 1998. Tilberis died from ovarian cancer in 1999. (photo: Andrew H. Walker/gettyimages.com)
There is shopping on the East End, but few bargains. So it seems like a no-brainer that Hamptonites would turn out in droves to shop a designer yard sale in a giant field. That said, when Super Saturday began, sixteen years ago, no one knew it would burgeon into such a behemoth.
July 31, 2013 | by JEFFREY SLONIM
|Lady Gaga drinks faux blood at Watermill Center Summer Benefit (photo: Sonia Moskowitz/gettyimages.com)|
Just when you thought it couldn’t get kookier at Watermill Center, Lady Gaga walks in.
Devil’s Heaven was the theme at Robert Wilson’s memorable Watermill Center Summer Benefit on Saturday night. Cocktails were business as usual. I spotted Campion and Tatiana Platt, Nanette Lepore and family, and Joy Marks wearing enormous red feathered wings.
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A few naked performance artists covered in makeup were perched within the silent auction tent. A blonde guest was on her knees feeding a voluptuous woman sections of an orange. A large, not well endowed dude displayed much bravery by putting his junk out there for tout society. And lines of bamboo torches in the woods made breathing difficult when one went to view the naked woman in a bath of faux blood (molasses). Spoons were provided to taste the syrup, and to pour it on her naked flesh.
One well endowed gent was showing full frontal a bit further into the smoky wood. Another hugged a tree as aging billionaire Wilbur Ross passed, followed by Henry Buell and his society entourage. And finally, a buff dude in an S&M harness was fighting a stretchy rope and leaning forward as socials in dresses and sport coats watched.
It was as close as one could get to Eyes Wide Shut and still call it all art.
And then Lady Gaga turned up. She was wearing a tall, undulating gunmetal cuff by Annelise Michelson, a black bra, and leather shorts with a long sheer overlay. Her jet hair made her nearly unrecognizable, except that she had Gaga’s bodyguard. Him, I recognized.
July 26, 2013 | by APRIL WALLOGA
|Russell Simmons at last year's Art for Life gala. (photo: Adriel Reboh/patrickmcmullan.com)|
Hip hop's preeminent mogul, philanthropist, and most inspiring Twitter follow, Russell Simmons is known on the East End for his annual Art for Life party, a cornerstone of every Hamptons season. We caught up with Simmons to find out what's in store at this Saturday's event, benefiting his children's art foundation, Rush Philanthropic Arts, and to chat about his love for art.
This is your fourteenth year hosting Art for Life in the Hamptons. Any favorite memories from past years that stick out in your mind?
RUSSELL SIMMONS: Wow! So many memories. From my daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee selling the bracelets and pillows they made to raise money for the kids, to Dr. Oz jumping to the rescue to help a sick patron, to the whole room standing to applaud Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “And I Am Telling You,” to me dancing onstage with Salt-N-Pepa! Art for Life is the best party of the summer and my staff does a great job!
The celeb quotient at Art for Life is always high. Along with your host (Soledad O'Brien) and performers (Rick Ross, Estelle, Maxwell), what other celebrity guests and friends are you looking forward to celebrating with this year?
RS: The Hamptons is always crawling with celebrities, and I look forward to seeing my friends every year. This year I’m looking forward to having friends like Michael Strahan, Donna Karan, and Anthony Anderson, and all of our special guest performers and honorees.
You have some amazing, experiential auction items this year. Which ones do you think will garner the highest bids?
RS: There’s an opportunity to have lunch with Sarah Jessica Parker that I think will do well. There’s also an opportunity for you and five friends to have dinner with Magic Johnson and attend a Dodgers game with him. >>BID NOW: Art for Life Auction on Charitybuzz.com
July 26, 2013 | by JOHN VILANOVA
The Hamptons,” episode 21 of Seinfeld, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, and Jerry Seinfeld in his role of the same name.
“I find the human fascination with water is amazing,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld mused during his monologue kicking off an episode of his seminal self-titled ’90s sitcom. “We’re constantly going to beaches, pools, lakes, rivers.... we’re swimming. We can’t get enough water—unless it rains! Then we’re like, ‘Oh, look... I’m soaked!’”