Reported by Nathalia Winson & Joyce Datiles, New York
Ah those lazy, hazy, crazy, days of summer…have almost come to their end. And who doesn’t like spending these last sizzles of heat and glorious sunsets at the Hamptons’ Eastend? Yes, Long Island is always where it’s at, especially when it comes to mixing surfing with…Chanel? That’s right.
A lovely day in Montauk was well spent at Chanel’s dinner party at the Hamptons on August 21st first on the water, stand-up paddling or paddle boarding [as it’s affectionately called here on the East coast] with the greats, namely one of the party hosts Laird Hamilton: renowned surfer, adventurer and now ambassador for Chanel’s J12 Marine, the first diving watch from the brand mostly known NOT for its watery exploits.
Celebrating this new partnership brought guests from the water whilst having lobster rolls on the shore, to the recently renovated beachfront, The Crow’s Nest hotel, with a lovely New England dinner on the porch with a perfect view. Chanel has also been supporting its co-host for the event, Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect the world’s beaches. The foundation featured Susan Casey’s [editor of Ophrah’s O Magazine] upcoming book, The Wave, during the evening leg of this Chanel event, with every dining invitee receiving a free copy of the book found amongst the dinner seats.
The Long Island book club culture feel of the evening did not escape any of the guests. Indeed, from having clams on the Montauk seashore to dining over candlelight on the old Crow’s Nest’s wooden deck while watching the sun fade over the water, the entire atmosphere provided a calming sense of reassurance that fashion knows no boundaries and can find its place even here, in a quiet corner of the Hamptons away from the glitz and glamour of the runway.
Dinner included fireside cocktails and rosé with fresh – local – Montauk steamed clams, lobsters, and grilled peaches. Cocktails continued throughout the night over a blazing firepit…and ending with a bang, i.e. s’mores galore.
Among those attending were Richard Gere, Rachel Weisz, President of CHANEL Inc. John Galantic, Bruce Weber, Carey Lowell, Angelica Huston, Julian Schnabel, Derek Blasberg, Mark Ronson, Josephine de la Baume, Jimmy Buffet, Amanda and Christopher Brooks, Anh Duong, Rula Jebreal, Nan Bush, Craig McDean, Tabitha Simmons, Jen Brill, Dani Stahl, Eugenia Gonzalez, Peter Davis, Alison Sarofim, Stuart Parr, Julie Gilhart of Barneys, Rogan Gregory, and Cynthia Rowley.
We think the real stars of the event however [and I’m sure everyone who attended will agree] were the double C surfboards on display on both beach and deck. Who said we can’t mix surf and fashion? Coco would definitely approve.
I don’t do fashion. I AM fashion.
~ Coco Chanel
Photos provided by Refinery 29 New York, Guest of a Guest, Billy Farrell, Chic Glamorous and Splendid, & Women’s Wear Daily