The 2009 Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge opened this weekend at the Blue Stars Jet Field, marking the start of the height of the Hampton’s social season. I was invited as a guest of OPTYX by Gruen, one of this season’s key sponsors (and the purveyor of of those gorgeous Cartier glasses that made my Lust List this month). Tempted by the possibility of a Nacho Figueras sighting, unlimited open bar under the VIP tent, and a reason to wear my new blue DVF dress, I quickly accepted and invited my favorite celebrity colorist and best-date-ever, Jason Backe.
The match starts every Saturday at 4pm, so Jason and I rolled out of the city around 1:30 with high hopes of making it to the Bridgehampton Polo Club in time to stomp the divots during half time, Pretty Woman style. Sadly, traffic in the LIE put us an hour behind schedule, though when you’re hanging with the best-date-ever, little details like moving at 5 miles an hour for an hour doesn’t really put a damper on your day. Jason had packed us a little tailgate party which wins the award for best-feast-ever, complete with figs, cheese, hummus, Sofia Coppola champagne, and chocolate covered nuts. A lot of other polo goers were jealous.
By the time we made it to the Mercedes Benz tent, the match was almost over. We did stand by the picket white fences for a few minutes checking out the actual sport before we decided that the best thing to do at a party is to socialize. We ran into our friends Natalie and Alexandra as well as fashion photographer Alexis Dahan and Subversive Jewelry designer Justin Giunta. As with any party, the prime hang-out location is obviously the bar, so we made our way over to the Stoli Lounge as to avoid the mobs of people in the main tent. We enjoyed the Stoli Thoroughbred, a delicious cocktail mixed with elit, the new ultra-premium vodka from Stolichnaya), pineapple and a cube of watermelon while sitting on white wicker chairs to watch the finale of the match.
As with any proper social event, there’s always a selection of after parties to choose from. Alexis was hosting the Social Life Magazine after party so we made our way over to a private estate just a mile away from the polo grounds. As the gorgeous blue skies gave way to dusk, the six of us sat poolside, drank champagne, and danced to ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ under the stars.
Read about my other polo experience in Barbados here. And PS, we did catch a sighting of Nacho Figueras in the VIP tent, looking hot as ever. Check below for more pictures and our live tweets from the event.