Bridgehampton Polo at the Fishels Kicks off the Summer Season in the Hamptons

Maria Fishel with Polo players (Credit for all photos: Lieba Nesis)

This past weekend in the Hamptons was quieter than usual for a pre-July 4th happening but there were still plenty of festivities taking place. I had the privilege of staying at the estate of Maria and Ken Fishel in Bridgehampton who were holding Polo at their house Saturday June 30th to celebrate the magazine “Social Life” and its cover star Rachel Zoe. Zoe is a designer, stylist, and businesswoman who starred in her own show “The Rachel Zoe Project” until 2013. The mother of two owns her own fashion line and has been coming to the Hamptons every summer of her life. Zoe, 46, said she loves hanging out on the beach with her two boys and was honored to be the cover girl for the magazine which was celebrating its 15th year anniversary.

Jean Shafiroff with Carolyn Maloney and Rebecca Seawright

The Polo match and cocktail party which lasted from 4 to 7 PM, was sponsored by Porsche, and tickets could be purchased in advance for $150. The more than 600 person crowd gathered under the hot tent to enjoy the beginning of the summer season and socialize with the eclectic crowd. There were socialites, Hampton locals and Polo enthusiasts who lingered way past the 7 PM closing time to catch up on the happenings of the year. The Fishel family came dressed to impress with Maria, and her daughter Melissa, wearing matching floral Dolce and Gabbana dresses. Maria, even had her two stylists from “Valentino” join her for the weekend as she is contemplating holding a fashion show on her lavish property. Her nine bedroom house was decorated by the same designer as The White House and it contains a screening room, pool, tennis court and guest house

The Fishel Home

The Fishels were concerned that the horses might spoil their property for the upcoming “Samuel Waxman Cancer event” they are holding at their house on July 14th but thankfully their grounds remained unscathed. At the same time as Polo, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was hosting a crowd of Southampton Hospital supporters at her newly built home in Southampton. Shafiroff welcomed guests Carolyn Maloney, Rebecca Seawright and John and Margo Catsimatidis in a stunning Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress. The Stony Brook Southampton Hospital was celebrating its 60th Annual Summer Party with this exciting kick off and attendees were treated to the music of renowned bandleader Alex Donner. The Stony Brook Hospital is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork and many of the Polo attendees such as Paola Bacchini, Jane Scher, and Andrea Warshaw Wernick were heading to the Hospital party to support this pivotal institution.

Rodger Bergman & Rachel Zoe with Maria & Ken Fisher

Christie Brinkley held another competing party at the Surf Lodge in Montauk to launch a line of drinks and make-up. The 64-year-old continues to defy time with her ageless beauty and Malia Obama, Jessica Hart, and Nina Agdal joined her in the celebration. On Saturday evening I headed to restaurant Oreya which was holding a Nikki Beach pop-up and then made my way to nightspots Southampton Social Club and AM Southampton which were less busy than usual. The strange timing of July 4th which falls out on a Wednesday coupled with the brutally hot weather may have left many Hamptonites in their air conditioned home for the weekend; but the next two months are sure to be filled with one event after another as the season kicks into high gear

Joe DiMenna with Maria & Ken Fishel

By Lieba Nesis

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