Toasting a Decade of Veuve Clicquot Polo

by Wendy Sy Photographed by David X Prutting, Neil Rasmus and Will Ragozzino/BFA.com
Monday, June 5, 2017

New Yorkers hopped on the ferry to New Jersey’s Liberty State Park Saturday for one of the most buzzed-about and Buzz-inducing events of the year: the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The 10th annual event started by the French Champagne house and the captain of its polo team Nacho Figueras is the ultimate unofficial kick-off to summer—as well as a major marketing event and photo opportunity. 

A decade ago, Veuve Clicquot brought the sport played on horseback and once beloved by society back to New York after a 70-year absence. “I’m very proud of what we have created,” Figueras said as he walked the red carpet with his wife, the polo player Delfina Blaquier. “During the first event, we had 250 people in a small field on a rainy day, and over the years, it has become something incredible.”

Hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris, the celebration began with a rendition of “The Star Bangled Banner” by recording artist Jordan Fisher of Hamilton fame. “It’s an honor to perform the national anthem at such a classic event. It’s is my first polo match so I’m brand new to this world,” said Fisher.

Later on, Alicia Keys sang her top hits including, of course, “Empire State of Mind.” The event supported two organizations—Keep a Child Alive, which was founded by Keys and supports children and families affected by HIV, as well as Friends of Liberty State Park, dedicated to preserve, protect, conserve and promote the notable locale. 

Among nearly 10,000 attendees was Nicky Hilton Rothschild, clad in an emerald printed dress by Monse. “The designers were actually at my house and styled me—from the sunglasses to the shoes. You don’t get that everyday,” said Hilton, who is working on a new design project to be announced soon.

Champagne was served throughout the sunny day as guests cheered on at the polo match. “My favorite is sparkling rosé and lately love frosé, but it can be dangerous if you drink too much of it!” joked designer Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs, about the frozen drink. “I live in New Jersey and moved three years ago, just a ten minute drive from the park. It’s nice being outside and enjoying the open space. Sometimes you don’t remember to when you’re in a big city.”

Floral themed photo booths, white swing sets, a Fendi truck selling limited-edition accessories and the overall city skyline made for perfect Instagram backdrops as guests snapped photos during the live-streamed event. Social media feeds was filled with the trending hashtag #VCPC10.

The game concluded with a victory win by Team Veuve Clicquot who beat the Team Liberty Comets 9 vs. 7. Just before the sun set, guests held their last toasts and headed back to the city. Who knew New Jersey could be so fabulous?


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