As we drove up to the white tents of the Bridgehampton Polo Club this Saturday, we wondered if we had accidentally arrived early. Where were the billions of cars that were supposed to be tailgating during the kickoff to the Hamptons equivalent of a pro football game? We had heard that Peter Brant‘s annual event was as close to a mosh party as the jet-set tolerated.
Attendees of Saturday’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic must have been disappointed when they were informed of the five-drink maximum policy, enforced by Liberty State Park, the day’s venue. For one thing, it seems to have prevented the debauched behavior that unfolded in the VIP tent last year, but nevertheless, you can bet much champagne was swilled.
After some picnicking and milling around, an expectant and well-dressed crowd surrounded the polo field. Led by their captain and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, the Black Watch polo team trounced the Nespresso team (which, for the purposes of this match at least, seems to be polo’s answer to the Washington Generals).
But of course the real reason to pay attention to this event is the pageantry of the summer outfits: white dresses and plenty of straw hats. And, notably, Mr. Figueras sported slip-on Toms, a Jim Morrison T-shirt and a pocket square before trading them in for his polo digs.
the eight-day week
It’s the one day a year we have to care about polo—and care we will! While the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic has been moved to Liberty State Park in (shudder) New Jersey, there’s still plenty of New York society fun to be had, not least catching a good view of Nacho Figueras, the dashing polo star Read More