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Fashion Icons Wear Black and Sunglasses To Sag Cinema Benefit

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com
Friday, September 1, 2017
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What do 20th Century fashion icons do in retirement? Swan about the east end, wear all black and sunglasses at night, and attend private screenings for the boldfaced set, of course. So it was that Calvin Klein and Christie Brinkley spent last night at a special screening to benefit The Sag Harbor Cinema of The Weinstein Company’s new Tulip Fever hosted by Donna Karan at her waterfront home in East Hampton.

Two years after the movie was first scheduled, the film set in the Netherlands during its infamous 17th Century tulipmania bubble of speculation, and starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, and Christoph Waltz, has been snuck into theaters without being screened for critics. But the crowd at Ms. Karan’s summer house didn’t seem to mind. Lubricated with trendy Aperol spritzes and fed at a posh poolside buffet, they basked in each others’ limelight, if not the Oscar prospects of the film.

Also spotted were Peter Duchin, Ahn Duong, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, Sandy Brant, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Harry Macklowe and Patricia Landeau, Kerry Resnick, Dr.Laura Deluca, Neil Hirsch, David and Jane Walentas, Eric Fischl and April Gornick, Alexa Rae Joel, Matt and Annette Lauer, Joey Wolffer and Max Rohn, Huma Abedin, Stefania DeFelice and her dog, Hunter Gellin and Anastasia Ganias, Marth and Dick Cavett, Spencer Bertsch, Matt Harrington, Doug Scott, and Shawn Sachs, Blair Clarke, Reina Honts, Lesley and David Schulhof and Suzanne and Bob Cochran.

The Sag Harbor Partnership, after months of negotiations, entered into a contract to purchase the Sag Harbor Cinema from its longtime owner, Gerald Mallow in April, and plans to expand it to include the formation of a new not-for-profit, the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center (SHCAC). This group will be committed to education, outreach, and programming for all the people of the East End year-round. The rebuilding of the Cinema will save Main Street and preserve the Cinema as its cultural pillar after the terrible devastation suffered in the fire that destroyed the entire front of the Cinema and adjoining buildings on December 16, 2016.

The façade of the Cinema will be rebuilt replicating renowed architect John Eberson’s original, with the iconic “Sag Harbor” sign, which has been kindly kept at Twin Forks Storage, repaired and replaced. We will have a temporary façade installed as soon as possible.​ The Mayor, Village Board of Trustees and other Village officials have offered support in expediting this project.


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