The Great Outdoors
From London to Lake Tahoe, the social set spent July and August outdoors, where winter gowns and towering Manolo Blahniks were replaced by straw hats, Christian Louboutin wedges and dresses cropped to the knee.
Cartier held its annual polo extravaganza at Windsor Great Park outside London for a crowd that included Pierce Brosnan, Jemima Khan and Diane Kruger. “It’s a beautiful game to watch—and the guys aren’t bad to look at either,” admitted Kruger, who’d been shooting National Treasure: Book of Secrets nearby. Sam Branson wasn’t as interested. “All I know is that it’s a lovely day,” he said. “Surfing’s my thing.”
Far across the pond, a record 600 guests flooded the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual benefit, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue and featuring an Oscar de la Renta runway presentation. “I’m so happy to be in the most beautiful setting in the world,” said the designer, who was received at the lakefront manse of the Fritz family by West Coast staples Dede Wilsey, Rosemary Baker and Jean Larette.
Back in the Big Apple, Charlotte Moss hosted cocktails in advance of the Couture Council of the Museum at F.I.T. award, presented to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz in September. Francisco Costa, Cece Cord and Tiffany Dubin joined Valerie Steele in the garden of Moss’s Upper East Side town house while a roaring fire set the scene, despite the 80º evening.
And on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel, Olivia Chantecaille and Shoshanna Gruss gathered for a Capri-theme lunch hosted by Fabiola Beracasa with Fendi. For her part, Lauren Davis said she prefers the real thing: “This might look like Capri, but it’s still New York.”