The sound of popping champagne corks emanated throughout the tents surrounding the field at Governors Island in New York as horses gathered on the grass for the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Sunday afternoon, led by Nacho Figueras and Rico Mansur. Hugh Jackman, emcee of the event, hit a few high notes, greeting guests with a tailored tune of “Take me out to the Polo…”.
Scattered among bright yellow umbrellas and lounge chairs, the ladies in attendance showed off a dazzling array of headwear ranging from straw hats to feathered fascinators (captured here by our intrepid street-style photographer Phil Oh). DJ Mia Moretti’s vintage headscarf caught the cool summer breeze while actress Naomi Watts found shade under a large-brimmed hat, shielding her face from adoring fans as she asked her host (Mr. Jackman) about the game. “Polo is a dangerous sport,” joked Jackman, a Broadway veteran. “Almost as dangerous as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
Lauren Santo Domingo and Devon Radziwill sampled vanilla macaroons before joining designers Erin Fetherston and Donna Karan (in their own designs) at halftime to stomp the divots. After the luncheon, Wyclef Jean took the stage for an impromptu performance, encouraging donations for Hope, Help & Rebuild Haiti, an Urban Zen Foundation initiative that was the beneficiary of this year’s event. The artist extended an invitation for everyone to come visit his birthplace after reading aloud the BBM he’d just received from the president of Haiti: “ ‘I am honored to see that Haiti has so many friends!’ ” The audience agreed with a round of applause, taking their parting gifts of handmade Haitian stone hearts on the ferry ride back to Manhattan.
Regards, Velvet Magazine