Take me out to the…Polo match?

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Nacho Figueras
Monday, June 6, 2011
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It’s not very often you find Manhattan’s elite boarding the south ferry to make the trip to Governor’s Island, a destination usually set aside for tourists looking to get a good view of Lady Liberty. But throw in champagne, beautiful people, and excessive headwear and we’re on our way! Besides, what better reason could there possibly be to cross the pond than the ever-elegant Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, in support this year, of Hope, Help & Rebuild Haiti. Co-hosted by Argentine polo player (and studly specimen, might I add) Nacho Figueras, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, with the always charming Hugh Jackman as Master of Ceremonies, this day of festivities had the high society rolling out of bed bright and early to don their hats and Sunday best for one of the season’s most exciting and exclusive events. The guest-list was a smorgasbord of chic stars like Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Julianna Margulies and Shenae Grimes, New York notables such as Lauren Santo Domingo, Andre Belazs and designers Catherine Malandrino, Erin Fetherston and Lisa Mayock.

Re-introduced in 2008, this annual Polo event serves to raise money for a specific cause every year, and for 2011, the organization chosen was Urban Zen’s second phase of rebuilding Haiti after the devastating earthquake of last year which left much of the country in ruins.

Guests of the Polo match were treated to a sit down meal catered by executive chef of New York staple, The Modern, Gabriel Kruther, as well as a speech by both Jackman, and Karan, and of course the Polo match, with Figueras leading his Black Watch team to victory over polo playboy Rico Mansur and his team. Not on the itinerary, but most definitely enjoyed by all in attendance, was an impromptu rap performance by Haiti-born recording artist Wyclef Jean.


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