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By Erin Riley | May 22, 2015 | People
The social scene begins to swirl this weekend. With invitations aplenty arriving in mailboxes, what warrants a “yes” RSVP from this lot of partygoers? From high donors to the high-octane fun, Hamptons has been keeping score. A new crop of socials mingle alongside those with a prestigious pedigree on 2015’s most-invited guest list.
Though these Hamptonites have been on the social circuit for years, it doesn’t mean that their attendance is any less coveted.
Having this Bravo television executive on your guest list is a sure-fire way to attract the who’s who of entertainment. When the animal rights activist isn’t beach bumming with pals like Sean Avery and Kelly Ripa by his Shelter Island home, he’s supporting nonprofits like Hetrick-Martin Institute.
Avis & BruCe riChArds
The documentary filmmaker and her husband, Bruce, president of Marathon Asset Management, are fixtures at charitable events like Southampton Arts Center’s Inaugural SummerFest. They were also spotted supporting friends like Nicky Zimmermann at her East Hampton store opening and Jesse Warren at his prelaunch of Tenet in Southampton.
Cassandra Seidenfeld’s many titles—actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist— guarantee her an invite to the most stylish East End events. The competitive equestrian is a fixture at The Hampton Classic and is active in several charitable organizations, including The Women’s Project Theater, Southampton Hospital, and New York City Dance Alliance Foundation.
dAyssi olArte de kAnAvos & PAul AnAvos
This couple has brought new meaning to the term power couple—they jointly founded Flag Luxury Group in 2013. She is also the founder of the Friends Committee at New Yorkers for Children, and he sits on the board of investor relations firm Circle Entertainment Inc. Their philanthropic efforts don’t end there—they were seen supporting Southampton Arts Center’s SummerFest and Guild Hall’s Midsummer Party.
diAnA frAnk & dr. PAul frAnk
Former Ralph Lauren model Diana Frank may have left her profession for a career behind the camera, but her enviable East End style harkens back to her modeling days. Her equally photogenic husband, Dr. Paul Frank, is founder and director of the Fifth Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center.
GABBy & GiAnPAolo defeliCe
As the couple behind a burgeoning Hamptons-based hospitality empire (Tutto il Giorno with locations in Sag Harbor, Southampton, and most recently, Tribeca in New York City), Gabby Karan DeFelice (daughter of Donna Karan) and husband Gianpaolo DeFelice are a classic power couple with looks to match.
JAmee & Peter GreGory
An established writer and committed philanthropist—she sits on the boards of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Boys’ Club of New York Women’s Board, and the Central Park Conservancy—Jamee juggles a similar schedule in the Hamptons. She and husband Peter, the senior vice president, financial advisor, senior portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, always attend the East End’s most charitable galas.
Jane & DaviD Walentas
As the owner of Two Trees Management Company, one of NYC’s largest developers, David is credited with building Brooklyn neighborhood Dumbo into one of the borough’s buzziest locales. He and his wife, Jane, spend time at their farm, Two Trees Stables, a 115-acre show horse and polo facility in Bridgehampton, and were spotted at galas for the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall.
Long Island native, philanthropist, and animal advocate Jean Shafiroff is one of the Hamptons’ most effective—and stylish—fundraisers. Which is why, last year, Shafiroff was honored at both The Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s Summer Solstice celebration and Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love Dinner Dance.
Jessica & Jerry seinfelD
Every summer, the funny man joins his wife to cohost a brunch at their 22-car garage, 12-acre waterfront East Hampton estate for her charity, Baby Buggy, an organization that provides essential child-care items for NYC families in need. Last season’s event saw Rachel Zoe, Nacho Figueras, and Alec and Hilaria Baldwin in attendance.
Joey Wolffer & Max rohn
The duo behind the East End’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard summers in Sag Harbor. They love attending The Hampton Classic (they are the event’s New York wine sponsor), the Group for the East End Gala, and Love Heals. This year they will once again host The Wölffer Harvest Party, which drew more than 1,800 people last season.
Julie & Billy MackloWe
This power couple (he’s the founder and CEO of William Macklowe Company and she’s the founder of luxury cosmetics company Vbeauté) settled in Sagaponack seven years ago and have since become beloved fixtures in the East End’s social and philanthropic community—a launch party for Julie’s skincare line was in collaboration with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation.
When this culinary all-star isn’t busy hosting Food Network shows, making appearances, or writing cookbooks (and currently, her second work of fiction), she’s spending time with friends at charitable fêtes like The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Paddle & Party for Pink and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Super Saturday.
lucy sykes & euan rellie
He’s the senior managing director of BDA Partners, a financial advisers firm in New York. She is an author whose debut novel out this May, The Knockoff, was inspired by her time as the fashion director for Marie Claire and Rent the Runway. The cute couple likes to attend family-friendly events like Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s Harvest Party and the July Fourth parade in Southampton.
natasha esch & Matt coffin
A couple and business partners, Esch and Coffin brought their curatorial eye to the Hamptons with their store, MONC XIII, in Sag Harbor. When the couple isn’t hosting friends and fans at their beautifully appointed store (like the Summer Kickoff Party over Memorial Day weekend and the annual Backgammon Party in August), they’re spending time at the beach with their kids, Orchid and Sky.
After spending 13 years in East Hampton, Oge opted for a quieter nabe and moved to Cutchogue. The global chief marketing officer for real estate giant Douglas Elliman was spotted at Southampton Arts Center SummerFest and Guild Hall’s Summer Gala last year and looks forward to attending The Hampton Classic this year.
rachelle hruska & sean MacPherson
She’s the bubbly cofounder of Guest of a Guest, the online source that chronicles the scene of New York’s social set. He’s the hotelier behind projects like NYC’s Bowery Hotel and the Crow’s Nest Inn in Montauk. Together, they’re all over the East End’s social scene as party hosts and attendees, but prefer impromptu dinners at friends’ homes.
rikki klieMan & WilliaM Bratton
The NYC power couple has reclaimed their East Coast throne, after spending seven years in Los Angeles. Although their high-power jobs—she’s legal analyst for CBS News and he’s a second-time NYC police commissioner— keep them busy year-round, they also know how to have a good time and regularly attend charitable galas in support of the Parrish Art Museum and Alzheimer’s Association.
rosanna scotto & louis John ruggiero
Scotto, a three-time Emmy Award winner, spends summers in a Southampton home with her parents, husband, daughter, and four grandchildren. When the full house isn’t enjoying home-cooked Italian meals (the couple also co-owns Fresco by Scotto in NYC), Scotto and Ruggiero are supporting causes like Phoenix House.
sanDra & eric riPert
Three-Michelin-star chef Eric Ripert, of NYC’s beloved Le Bernardin, bought a swanky $1.5 million apartment in Chelsea last November, but that won’t keep him and wife Sandra from returning to their home in Sag Harbor this summer. While the couple prefer to host intimate dinners with friends at their home—and cook Eric’s famous seafood paella—they also enjoy attending high-profile events like the annual Love Heals gala.
Having these fashionable names on your guest list will surely attract the East End’s most desirable attendees.
As a board member of Literacy Partners, a nonprofit that supports programs that teach adults how to read and write, the editor-at-large at Random House will be attending this year’s first Literacy Partners event at Wölffer Estate Vineyard on June 6. This summer, the Southamptonite will also be hosting “The Atelier with Alina Cho” at The Met, a series of ticketed talks with fashion industry friends.
In contrast to Alison Brod’s pink, candy-filled NYC office, where she represents clients like Mercedes-Benz and Nordstrom, the PR powerhouse’s Bridgehampton home is sleek and modern. Despite a busy work-event schedule, Brod always makes time for close friends like Julie Macklowe and Rosanna Scotto and was seen last year at the Macklowe’s July Fourth party and the Phoenix House’s Triumph for Teens.
This Australia-based photographer’s shots have graced the pages of Elle, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, but it’s his big personality and celeb friends (he’s the brother of actress Naomi Watts) that make this longtime Montauk resident a must-have at any party. He’s also behind one of the biggest parties of the summer, Shark Attack Sounds, which always draws an impressive crowd. This summer, a launch party for his new book, Montauk Dreaming, will surely draw an A-list crowd.
Beth ostrosky stern
Model, television personality, and wife of Howard, Stern is a fixture on the East End’s party circuit and is usually spotted with famous friends like Katie Lee and Ali Wentworth. The animal rights activist supports The Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons and is a regular at Cinema Society screenings and Super Saturday.
Bonnie Pfeifer evAns
The investor, former model, and top realtor at Corcoran owns homes in East Hampton and Quoque. There isn’t a charitable gala she hasn’t attended—this year, Evans will help host the Charles Evans Tennis ProAm for the Prostate Cancer Foundation in late August, in memory of her late husband, Charles.
CArolA & BoB JAin
Carola, the senior director at brand consultancy Interbrand, and husband, Bob, managing director at Credit Suisse, are longtime fixtures on the Hamptons social circuit. As a cochair of the board of the Watermill Center, Carola hosted a World Cup viewing party for Watermill artists at her home last year and will be spotted mingling at The Watermill Center Benefit and Southampton Fresh Air Home July Fourth party this year.
As the president and founder of Globe Star Media-N-Entertainment, a full-service marketing and advertising agency that works with Sony Entertainment and Universal Music Group, Otero is a man with many important connections. The media mogul was seen in the crowd at a few concerts at The Surf Lodge and the cocktail party in celebration of the new Parrish Art Museum.
helene & Ziel feldmAn
When Ziel Feldman, founder of HFZ Capital, a real estate investment company, isn’t working with high-profile properties like One Madison Park in Manhattan and Shore Club in Miami, he and his wife, Helene, are mingling with fellow one-percenters at artsy events like the Parrish Art Museum’s Celebrate Summer and LongHouse Reserve’s Summer Benefit.
eith Bloomfield & mArk mullett
This popular couple is front and center on the Hamptons social scene. Mullett’s 30th birthday at the couple’s Bridgehampton home included Nate Berkus, Bobby Flay, Katie Lee, and Alec and Hilaria Baldwin in attendance.
lAurAn & ChArlie WAlk
Being the executive vice president of one of the divisions (Republic Records) of the largest music corporations in the world (Universal Music Group) comes with perks—one of them being an invite to the most exclusive parties. The Water Mill couple joined Lee Brian Schrager, Ricardo Restrepo, and Thompson Miami Beach to host a preview dinner in the Hamptons last August.
Last year interior designer Lisa Jackson debuted her fine-jewelry line, LJ Cross, which quickly garnered a celeb customer base. Her Southampton home, Blue Haven, is a local landmark for the famous parties hosted by its previous owner (real estate tycoon Lewis Kaye). See her pieces at JanGeorge this summer and then meet the designer at galas for Parrish Art Museum and Southampton Hospital.
Philanthropist and wife to former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman J. Michael Evans, Lise Evans is a force within the charity circuit and spends time on the board of Columbia’s Teachers College and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Come summer, Evans turns her attention to Hamptons charities like The Watermill Center while supporting friends like Julie Macklowe at fashion events.
Always the life of the party, Shendell is considered one of the kings of Hamptons nightlife. The president of Paige Hospitality Group operates one of the East End’s most popular after-hours destinations, Southampton Social Club, and used to own Dune in Southampton, which counted Leonardo DiCaprio as a regular.
As the director of operations at Wink Retail Group, which operates multi-brand boutiques across New York City, as well as event manager to celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino, Colwell has a lot of fashionable friends who host her for weekends out East. This summer, when she isn’t attending events like Sound Waves and The Hampton Classic, she’ll be working as part of the creative team behind Hair stream NYC, launching in the Hamptons this summer.
As founder and editor-in-chief of Scene magazine, which chronicles the lives of New York’s most enviable names, Peter Davis sits at the top of most guest lists. This summer, Davis will join longtime friend Dini von Mueffling to host Love Heals. Also the social ambassador to The Surf Lodge, Davis is a regular at the venue’s well-attended concert series.
The recipient of the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award in 2012, this charity consultant’s nonprofit affiliations read like the who’s who of East End do-gooders. Her favorites to support are Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Southampton Hospital’s Annual Summer Party, although Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center gala is the highlight of this social butterfly’s season.
sarah siCiLiano & Chris wraGGe
When WCBS-TV news anchor Chris Wragge isn’t emceeing at a highprofile gala, he and girlfriend Sarah Siciliano are attending summer benefits for one of the many charities he supports, such as the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, the National Down Syndrome Society, and Make-AWish Foundation.
siMone & david Levinson
Philanthropic entrepreneur and founding cochair of the Southampton Arts Center, Simone Levinson is a good-giving force to be reckoned with. She and husband David, who cofounded real estate investment firm L&L Holding Company, are beloved on the East End’s charity circuit.
tatiana & CaMPion PLatt
She is a successful Internet entrepreneur behind Fame Game, a social networking start-up, and he is a former model-turned-award-winning- architect. They summer in the Hamptons (in a midcentury Water Mill bungalow), cochair Best Buddies’ annual gala with Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, and are regulars at The Watermill Center Summer Benefit.
These cultural connoisseurs are set to up the style ante at this season’s most anticipated fêtes.
Glimcher left her post as the director of the world-renowned Pace Gallery to start her own firm, Hyphen, an art consulting company that will plan the art at architect Norman Foster’s newly designed 425 Park Avenue. The Southamptonite will obviously attend the season’s biggest art galas, but will spend her downtime at local art exhibits.
While this former model and longtime artist prefers to host intimate dinner parties at her East Hampton cottage, she’ll occasionally venture out for fêtes hosted by friends like Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir or for artsy affairs like this year’s Watermill Center benefit.
athena & viCtor CaLderone
Between Athena’s tasty recipes and enviable style (she runs the lifestyle and food blog Eyeswoon) and husband Victor Calderone’s party throwing know-how (he’s a producer and DJ), this couple usually plays party host. Last year they threw a Moroccan-inspired dinner at their Amagansett home in partnership with Cointreau and were also seen attending dinners at local Amagansett farms. This year they look forward to attending Free Arts Kid Fest with their son, Jivan.
When Aurelie Claudel isn’t gracing the pages of Vogue or walking the runways of high-fashion brands like Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ralph Lauren, she’s supporting friends at Surf Lodge events. Last year the French beauty was seen lounging at clothing brand Mara & Mine’s limited-edition espadrille launch party as well as the must-attend Shark Attack Sounds.
His Neo-Expressionist paintings, which often draw inspiration from his time cowriting lyrics with Michael Jackson and Jon Secada, have made him an art world favorite. Come summer, he’ll spend weekends in Water Mill with friends Nina and Chad Loweth and attend The Hampton Classic, Parrish Art Museum Gala, and—of course—exhibit openings at various galleries.
As the creative director and a partner at Parasol, the stylish UV-protecting clothing brand, Southampton resident Fernanda Niven has been summering in the Hamptons since she was a little girl and credits the locale as her inspiration. Niven likes to show support for nature and the arts at events like Southampton Art Center’s SummerFest and Madoo Conservancy’s Much Ado About Madoo.
HAlA & JAmes sAlomon
East Hamptonite and gallerist James Salomon got his start with a light industrial unit in the woods of East Hampton before establishing Salomon Contemporary in Chelsea. He and wife, Hala, are regulars at the Parrish Art Museum, LongHouse Reserve, and Watermill Center benefits. This year Salomon will join friend Whitney Fairchild to cohost a brunch for the new Parrish Contemporaries Circle at The Surf Lodge on June 28.
JosepH AltuZArrA & setH WeissmAn
Since this fashion impresario and real estate mogul got married last October at NYC’s iconic Rainbow Room, they’ve been hitting up the city’s party circuit in full force and matching style. They were seen at Hetrick-Martin Institute’s School’s Out Benefit last year and will summer out East before heading back to the city for the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 1, for which Altuzarra is nominated (again) for Womenswear Designer of the Year. He won in 2014.
JosepH lA piAnA Artist Joseph
La Piana restored The Nautilus house on Shelter Island and has since been a stylish presence at high-profile galas for The Watermill Center, LongHouse Reserve, and Hetrick- Martin Institute. This summer, La Piana will be unveiling an expansive public project set in the heart of NYC.
Kelly BeHun & JAy sugArmAn
Interior designer Kelly Behun and real estate investor Jay Sugarman opened the doors to their Sawyer Berson-designed Southampton home for the Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Night Drinks last year. On July 11 Behun will cohost a dinner with friend and jewelry designer Nirav Modi for New Yorkers For Children.
Beirut-born Keledjian and brother, Haro, launched clothing retailer Intermix in 1993 and grew it into $130 million empire, acquired by Gap in 2012. It took this fashion mogul three years to get his hands on his dream four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot, Zen-inspired space in Sagaponack, and ever since, he has been a regular at the most exclusive East End events.
As chairman of the Contemporary Council at The Watermill Center and member of the board of advisors at the Parrish Art Museum, this socialite is a must-have at any arts focused event, her favorites being The Watermill Center Benefit and Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party. When she isn’t networking at high-profile galas, she’s hitting up the local art scene like The Fireplace Project in Springs.
Apart from being a star polo player, Piaget spokesperson, and handsome model, Roldan is also a dedicated philanthropist and has hosted the Annual Polo Classic to benefit Rally for Kids with Cancer, a nonprofit that counts celebs like Eva Longoria and Ken Paves as supporters.
This fashion designer and Sag Harbor resident dominates bestdressed lists. The Hamptons not only inspires Miller’s vibrant designs, but also provide a backdrop for many of her lookbooks. Miller was seen last year at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink, the benefit for the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, and Guild Hall’s Summer Gala.
The artist sold his Sagaponack estate (previously owned by Truman Capote) for a whopping $14 million last summer. Since, Bleckner has moved into a new home in Springs and attended artsy events with fellow creatives like April Gornik. Last August he was seen chatting with Roger Waters at Perfect Earth/Azuero Earth Project’s family picnic and concert.
stepHAnie & dAniel ArsHAm
This art world power couple was behind one of the biggest and most stylish parties last year, Dinner In White, hosted by friend and gallerist Kyle DeWoody in celebration of Daniel’s three-week residency at The Surf Lodge. Following a performance by Gary Clark Jr., famous friends like Jimmy Buffett, Will Arnett, and Jessica Stam joined the couple for an intimate dinner.
When these stylish faces aren’t jet-setting around the world or working on various business ventures, they are creating a stir at East End events.
The model and restaurateur stormed the East End last year after hosting a pop-up for NYC favorite Tartinery, a café she cofounded in 2010, at The Surf Lodge. She was seen manning the pop-up during the day and attending The Surf Lodge’s concert series at night, and was also spotted at friend and photographer Ben Watts’ WattsUp Rosé release party last May.
As the former director of client relations for net-a-porter.com, Annelise Peterson has hosted her fair share of events. It’s no wonder that the blonde beauty, who recently launched her namesake brand online, is now a regular attendee at events like the Southampton Hospital Annual Party and Southampton Fresh Air Home’s Decorators-Designers- Dealers Auction.
cARolyn MuRPhy & lincoln PilcheR
This uberphotogenic couple are relatively new to the East End social set, having just arrived onto the scene last summer with Pilcher’s opening of Moby’s, which is where he joined mrporter.com and net-a-porter.com to host sunset cocktails last August. Murphy has been the face of Estée Lauder and has appeared in Allure, Elle Italia, and Harper’s Bazaar, while Pilcher is a renowned photographer.
hAnnAh BRonfMAn & BRendAn fAllis
A career in the music industry seemed inevitable for this daughter of former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr., but Hannah has surpassed expectations by becoming a celebrated model and DJ, which is how she met boyfriend Brendan, who has also spun tracks for some of the East End’s most exclusive events.
hilARy RhodA & seAn AveRy
Gisele and Tom, Kerry and Nnamdi, Kristin and Jay—the model-athletecouple formula seems to be the millennials It couple. The engaged duo were spotted chatting to Mary-Kate Olsen and fiancé Olivier Sarkozy at last year’s Paddle & Party for Pink at Lisa Perry’s Noyack Bay home as well as hanging out with Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl at the Solid & Striped Annual BBQ.
Before launching the chic clothing brand Blue & Cream, with two locations in the Hamptons, Goldstein was an event producer who split his time between Miami and the Hamptons. When he isn’t hosting in-store parties with famous friends like Just Drew founder Andrew Warren and photographer Ben Watts, he’s attending major to-dos like VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s annual gala.
Jenné loMBARdo & eli Reed
Fashion director Jenné Lombardo and pro skater/clothing designer Eli Reed make for a must-have couple at any cool gathering. Last season they were seen partying with friends Athena and Victor Calderone at Gurney’s Shark Attack Sounds, supporting friend Nicky Zimmermann at her East Hampton store opening, and catching up with designer friends at a Ralph Mazzucco Dinner at The Surf Lodge.
A born-and-raised New Yorker, Justin Melnick is at once a highprofile fashion photographer and a photo essayist for nonprofit agencies, new bureaus, and private collectors. Over the summer, if he isn’t photographing events across the East End, he’s attending them. He was seen partying at Shark Attack Sounds and a Ben Watts-hosted party at Blue & Cream last summer.
lAuRen ReMinGton PlAtt
Platt was juggling a hectic schedule as a young hedge fund analyst exec when she came up with the idea for Vênsette, an on-demand beauty service app, which launched in 2011. The former model is a coveted attendee at stylish fêtes and was seen chatting with Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge at the Ralph Lauren Polo for Women in East Hampton launch last August.
As the face of campaigns for Karl Lagerfeld, D&G, and Guess, Australian-born model Nicole Trunfio is used to high-wattage events and has been spotted at some of the most exclusive East End happenings. The expectant mom was seen cheering on baby daddy Gary Clark Jr. at his show at The Surf Lodge show last year as well as attending dinners hosted by Raphael Mazzucco and Daniel Arsham.
oliviA PAleRMo & JohAnnes hueBl
The ever-gorgeous couple ups the style ante at even the most casual of gatherings and were seen supporting their friend Logan Horne, founder of coveted swimwear brand Solid & Striped, at the designer’s first annual barbecue last season. Palermo also joined Lo Bosworth at the Capri hotel pool for the Disaronno Summer Camp event in July.
As the former senior director of communications at Tod’s, events director at Vogue, and marketing manager for readyto- wear at Chanel, Rastogi’s event appearances usually land her on best-dressed lists.
This surfer-gallerist is an art world favorite—he hosts some of the best-attended exhibits at his Southampton (and newly opened East Hampton) galleries and is a popular guest at events like Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party and Watermill Summer Benefit. This Memorial Day weekend, Patterson will host the opening reception for artist Yung Jake at his East Hampton gallery before heading to Sag Harbor to host Planned Parenthood’s East End Benefit.
photography courtesy of gettyimages.com, patrickmcmullan.com, and bfa.com
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