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by R. Couri Hay Photographed by Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Hamptons Debut: Watermill Center, LongHouse Reserve, Guild Hall, ASPCA, Tribeca Film Festival, Met Ball

Live Cargo

Dree Hemingway, the great-grandaughter of Ernest Hemingway,explained her look: “I never go sexy. I’m more into a well-made pair of pants and a good shoe.” That said, Dree is alluring as an anguished beach girl in Live Cargo. This suspense-filled film, about human trafficking between Haiti and the United States, is skillfully directed by Logan Sandler. Dree confided, “My mother [Mariel] is an actress, and my aunt Margaux was a model. It’s funny: as much as I’m all about ‘I’m my own person,’ and ‘I’m making my own name for myself,’ I have grown up in a world where most of the people are, like me, children of famous parents. So it’s easy to become a socialite and be famous for that.” Dree reminisced about the shoot on Bimini, where “Papa” Hemingway fished and wrote: “The hotel I was staying at was filled with pictures of Papa and the owner said, ‘Why don’t you bring your mother down and we will all go deep-sea diving, write and drink a lot.’ I laughed and said, “My mother doesn’t drink, I don’t write, and I guess you recognized me because Papa and I look so much alike.” With solid roles in Starlet and While We’re Young to her credit, Dree is making her own mark. The movie’s producer is Randolph “Randy” Hearst Harris, whose great-grandfather was William Randolph Hearst, the media mogul and movie producer who inspired Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. Randy’s mother, the marvelous Anne Hearst McInerney, left her emus at Ashgrove Farm in Water Mill to give a dinner to celebrate the movie’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Guests included Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, who said she’d just bought a new house in Sag Harbor. I knew you’d want to.

The First Monday in May

Also at Tribeca: Anna Wintour, Zac Posen, Jane Fonda, Thakoon Panichgul, Karolina Kurkova, Francisco Costa, Donna Karan and others attended a showing of The First Monday in May, an intriguing look behind the scenes of the Metropolitan Museum’s 2015 Costume Institute show “China: Through the Looking Glass” and the ever-glamorous Met Ball. The documentary was produced by the stylish Fabiola Beracasa Beckman. Robert De Niro, the festival’s cofounder, gave awards to the filmmakers at 42West in The Out Hotel.

LongHouse’s Jubilee

Design and music collided at an evening for LongHouse Reserve; the stunning, art-laden arboretum and museum in East Hampton that’s celebrating its Jubilee year with a “Serious Moonlight” gala, honoring Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells, on July 23. Jack Lenor Larsen, LongHouse’s founder and a legendary textile designer, introduced performance artist Nona Hendryx, who stunned the crowd with avant-garde music and visuals while wearing an “audio tutu.” The night saluted architect Hugh Hardy. Leading the applause at National Sawdust were Dianne Benson, Matko Tomicic, Lee Skolnick, Judy Auchincloss, Janna Bullock, the institution’s noted horticulturist Alex Feleppa, and Alison Mazzola, who was also looking forward to the Watermill Center Benefit. Personally, I can’t wait to see what magic Robert Wilson, the avant-garde director and longtime Larsen pal,will weave at his not-to-be-missed happening, “Fada: House of Madness” on July 30. Jack, 89 years young, told me of his property that’s home to sculptures by R. Buckminster Fuller and Yoko Ono, “I bought the land for $2,000 an acre and I’ve sold some of it for $1 million an acre.” He continued, “Most sculpture looks best outdoors. The hardness against the softness of foliage and direct sunlight. It’s better than in a gallery.” The forward-looking designer also confessed to an “After Jack plan.” “The house will become a house museum as opposed to a residence.” Smart move, Jack!

The Artist in Residence

At Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner, Eric Fischl announced the 85-year-old arts center in East Hampton has created an Artist in Residence Program. Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Heilmann, A.M. Homes, Charlotte Moss, and Barry Friedberg were honored at the event. Past recipients include Steven Spielberg, Chuck Close, Bruce Weber, April Gornik, Willem de Kooning, Edward Albee, Roy Lichtenstein and board member Alec Baldwin. Parker saluted Ruth Appelhof, who has brilliantly helmed Guild Hall for the last 16 years and is sadly retiring at the end of 2016.

A Duet for Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore was honored at both the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children luncheon, cochaired by the dazzling Valesca Guerrand-Hermes (, and the ASPCA’s Bergh Ball (, where Drew told me, “I was 19 when I started adopting dogs. I moved out on my own when I was 14, And then when I felt like I really had my ‘stuff’ together, I would go and start saving others. I had saved myself; it was time to turn it all around and start giving back and get outside of myself. There is an unspoken gift that the animals have given me. It has been a right of passage, a humility, a purpose, a kindness and a lack of cruelty. I don’t have it in my heart to be rude, mean, cruel, unkind to any person on the planet, let alone an animal.” Guests included Georgina Bloomberg and author Jean Shafiroff, who chaired this year’s festive NYC Mission Society gala.

Safari Roundup

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, who told me she was building her first hotel in New York City, served as the honorary chair of the New Yorkers for Children’s benefit for youth in foster care. ( This party featured the most beautiful collection of women in one room, including Mary Alice Stephenson, Gigi Stone, Madison Headrick, Crystal Renn, Selita Ebanks, Lucrezia Buccellati and Alexandra Lind Rose. . . . NYC Ballet Spring Gala featured Christopher Wheeldon’s beautiful ballet American Rhapsody. Guests sipping heavenly Ruinart champagne in a sumptuous lilac décor the The Chosen Few’s DeJuan Stroud were Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Michele and Ron Riggi. . . . . Audrey Gruss was honored by the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, which was the Springs’ prettiest night, with 50 tables created by such whimsical minds as Campion Platt, Hunt Slonem, Geoffrey Bradfield, Juan Montoya, Scott Snyder, Roric Tobin, Alex Papachristidis, David Monn and Stark Carpet’s Andrea Stark, who worked with Robert Peczka. Last year, Stark collaborated with top AD 100 designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper. Andy said, “It’s fun to change things up.” It’s the only way really. . . . . . Chic horse-racing syndicate owner Sheila Rosenblum picked up a trifecta of trophies at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Championship Awards, including best female sprinter for La Verdad. . . . . . Tina Radziwill, the daughter of Princess Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, lead the perfumed pack to the 71st Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy gala chaired by Contessina Francesca Braschi. Among those honored were Jan Chipman, Karen King, Mercedes Ellington (the granddaughter of Duke Ellington) and Charles Gucciardo, Esq. Serving as cochairs were Sharon Marantz-Walsh and Bernadette Milito. 

Photos by Patrick McMullan


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