The 2012 Hamptons A-List

The summer, globally warmed or not, is always best spent out on the South Fork’s glorious beaches, grassy lawns and exclusive, old clubs, and with Memorial Day now in the rear-view mirror, New Yorkers have packed up their suits, surfboards, sundresses and white linens and are raring to go. And Manhattan’s social life packs up and heads east as well, with events like the Parrish and WaterMill benefits on the agenda and a slew of other, more private parties to attend. Some things don’t change; people will still frantically try to get invited to Lally Weymouth’s annual party on July 4th weekend. Some things do. J.Lo is the latest celebrity buyer in Water Mill. Grand old houses have been snatched up in the still mind-boggling real estate market, then redone with swift vigor by teams of decorators in matters of months. And every season, some new face tries to make his or her mark and establish a beachhead in the social landscape. Here’s AVENUE’s annual list of the A-listers they’ll need in their iPhone, and a special bonus Montauk hotlist, as the once cozy fishing village evolves into the epicenter of cool. 

Profiles by Mara Siegler and Amy Michelle Smith


Dan Abrams
Acquavella Family
Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan
Alan Alda
Joe Allen and Annette Tapert
Julie Andrews
Ken Auletta and Amanda “Binky” Urban
Yigal Azrouel


André Balazs
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Bryan Bantry
Dennis Basso  and Michael Cominotto
Arthur Becker and Vera Wang
Becker Family
Joy Behar
Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir
Carl Bernstein
Nathan Bernstein and Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Jeff Blau
Ross Bleckner
Bloomberg Family
Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi
Lorraine Bracco
Nuno and Muriel Brandolini
Brant Family
Bregman Family
Christie Brinkley
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
Bronfman Family
Bobbi Brown
Dominique Browning
Henry Buhl
Ed Burns and Christy Turlington
Tory Burch


Mario and Ariadne Calvo-Platero
Jayma Cardoso
Dick Cavett
John Chamberlain
Ken and Kathryn Chenault
Alina Cho
Chuck Close
Grace Coddington
Lyor Cohen and Tory Burch
Richard Cohen and Mona Ackerman
Bob Colacello
Chase and Stephanie Coleman
Sean “P.Diddy” Combs
Jennet Conant
David Conrod and Nina Garcia
Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa
Joan Ganz Cooney
Katie Couric
Cuomo Family


Robert Dash
Tim Davis
Paul and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Susan de Franca
Robert and Joanne de Guardiola
Philippe de Montebello
Tom and Caroline Dean
GianPaolo and Gabby Karan DeFelice
Ron and Ellin Delsener
Patrick DeMarchelier
Gary DePersia
Donny Deutsch
Peter Duchin and Virginia Coleman
Duke Family


Mica Ertegun


James and Whitney Fairchild
Jimmy Fallon
Farkas Family
Tracy Feith
Bob Felner
Mark Feuerstein
Ferrer Family
Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier
Pamela Fiori
Eric Fischl and April Gornik
Jay Flagg
Bobby Flay and Stephanie March
Tom and Lori Florio
Harold Ford Jr.
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan


Larry Gagosian and Shala Monroque
Steven Gaines
Galesi Family
David and Danielle Ganek
Ina Garten
Richard Gere and Carey Lowell
Gilbert Family
Rudy and Judith Guilliani
Arne and Mildred Glimcher
Gregory Family
Jack and Ann Grimm
Grubman Family
Louise Grunwald
Gruss Family
Marjorie Gubelmann


Hackett Family
Hampton Family
Ted Hartley
Craig Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal
R. Couri Hay
Hearst Family
Dottie Herman
Andrew Heiberger
Hilfiger Family
Ricky and Kathy Hilton
Neil Hirsch
Tony Hitchcock
Jane Holzer
A.M. Homes
Horn Family


Carl and Gail Icahn


Donald and Lisa Jackson
Morton and Linda Janklow
Billy Joel and Alexa Ray Joel
Betsey Johnson
Woody and Suzanne Johnson
Sale Johnson


Donna Karan
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
Jason Kidd
Calvin Klein
Dan Klores
David and Julia Koch
Reed and Delphine Krakoff
Steve Kroft


L’Esperance Family
James LaForce
Matt Lauer
Lauder Family
David and Lauren Bush Lauren
LeFrak Family
Adam Lindemann and Amalia Dayan
Jennifer Lopez
Howard Lorber
Brayn Lourd
Ivana Lowell
Dan and Cynthia Lufkin
Michael Lynne


Mack Family
Macklowe Family
Fern Mallis
Pat Malloy
Manger Family
Alison Mazzola
Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth
Kati Marton
McFadden Family
Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst McInerney
McKnight Family
Patrick McMullan
Richard Meier
Meister Family
Frederick and Virginia Melhado
Dina Merrill
Lorne and Alice Michaels
Jennifer Miller
Richard and Marcia Mishaan
Isaac Mizrahi
Todd and Dorrit Morley
Mortimer Family
Emily Mortimer
Dini von Mueffling
Alberto Mugrabi


Nederlander Family
Niven Family


Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Alexander Stavros Panos and Christina Lowris
Alex Papchristidis
Stuart Parr and Allison Sarofim
Pat Patterson
John Paulson
Ronald Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman
Itzhak Perlman
Richard and Lisa Perry
Peterson Family
Carroll Petrie
Nick Pileggi and Norah Ephron
Leonel Piraino and Nina Griscom
Richard Prince


Radziwill Family
Dan Rattiner
William and Kathy Rayner
Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
L.A. and Erica Reid
Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes Rellie
Ira and Ingeborg Rennert
Felix and Liz Rohatyn
Daniel Romualdez and Mike Meagher
Marshall Rose and Candice Bergan
Aby Rosen and Samantha Boardman
Courtney Sale Ross
Wibur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
Steve and Kara Ross
Rudin Family
Kathie Russo


Andy Sabin
David Salle
Santo Domingo Family
Andrew Saunders
Chuck and Ellen Scarborough
Timothy and Helen Lee Schifter
Edwin Schlossberg and Caroline Kennedy
Michael Shnayerson
Ian and Tania Schrager
Schulhof Family
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
Jeffrey Seller and Josh Lehrer
Sal Shariff and Hollis Reh
Jeff Sharp and Dr. Doug Steinbrech
Cindy Sherman
Sherrill Family
Peggy Siegal
Russell Simmons
Richard Sinnott
Dr. Howard and Gayle Sobel
Barry Sonnenfeld
George Soros
Any and Kate Spade
Spielberg Family
Carl Spielvogel and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Stark Family
Richard and Renee Steinberg
George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth
Leonard and Allison Stern
Howard and Beth Ostrosky-Stern
Leslie Stevens
Stevenson Family
Jon Stewart
Martha Stewart
Jill Stuart
Dr. Patrick and Dana Hammond Stubgen
Donald Sultan
Sulzberger Family
Leslie Lewis Sword
John and Laurie Sykes


Elie Tahari
Kim Taipale and Nicole Miller
Diana Taylor
Theodoracopulos Family
Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch
David Tepper
Aida Turtoro


Zachary Vichinski


Barbara Walters
Claude Wasserstein
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Ronald and Harriet Weintraub
Lally Weymouth
Chris Whittle and Priscilla Rattazzi
Rob Wiesenthal
Robert Wilson
Tom and Sheila Wolfe
Wunsch Family


Yurman Family


Renée Zellweger
Zilkha Family
Zoulas Family
Jeff and Caryn Zucker
Mort Zuckerman

Montauk saw itself become the epicenter for the cool, creative class when Andy Warhol began to summer there in 1971, drawing Lee Radziwill, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Halston, Liza Minnelli, Liz Taylor, John Lennon, John Phillips and many more to his compound. The celebrity sheen had faded since the days when pop art was in its heyday, but Montauk is beginning to re-emerge from its slumber. The former fishing village is drawing hip Manhattanites and Brooklynites who like the nightlife, hotelier Sean MacPherson and actress Cynthia Nixon have joined near year-round residents like singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and surf afficionado Julian Schanbel, who has long painted his large-scale paintings in his studio near the ocean. The newcomers are bringing in more than just surfboards for entertainment. Nightlife is starting to cook with nightclubs, boutiques and hotels opening to accomodate the chic swell. Below is a sampling of the Montauk crowd who consider the extra 4o minutes worth the drive.

Waris Ahluwalia
Edward Albee
Peter Beard
Fabiola Beracasa
Jimmy and Jane Buffett
Athena Calderone
Jayma Cardosa
Dick Cavett
Kathy Grayson
Robert de Niro
Mickey and Peggy Drexler
Bart Freudlich and Julianne Moore
Ralph Lauren
Lauren Bush and David Lauren
Chelsea Leyland
Johan Lindeberg
Jenne Lombardo
Sean and Rachelle Hruska MacPherson
Rob McKinley
Paul Monte
Jamie Mulholland
Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinono
Ben Pundole
Cynthia Rowley and Bill Powers
Schnabel Family
Paul Simon
Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt
Ben Watts
Bruce Weber and Nan Bush
Jann Wenner and Matt Nye