WWD photographer Steve Eichner sees it all and shares his unique perspective from a packed weekend in the Hamptons, from the annual Super Saturday garage sale to the Watermill Center summer benefit.
Super Saturday at Nova’s Ark Project, Water Mill, N.Y.
11:19 a.m.: Wild-eyed shopping maniacs in the VIP ticket line studying the floor plan so they know where to run at the stroke of noon. I hope no one gets trampled.
11:21 a.m.: Going over in my head my assignments for the day. Lots to do and all with a torn muscle on my left calf.
11:58 a.m.: It usually annoys me when a cell phone fan gets in my way to get a picture, but now I’m that guy. I’m in the way of some pros so I can Instagram Kelly Ripa for WWD.
12:12 p.m.: Like bees rushing out of a hive, the velvet rope opens and the bargain hunting begins.
12:24 p.m.: “I like the way you took her picture and they ask who you are anyway,” a Super Saturday volunteer tells me. We both laugh because Diem Brown’s reply was “MTV personality.”
12:26 p.m.: The most wonderful fashion shot of the day! A cute guy rides in on one of those collapsible bikes — flower print shirt, black shorts with white words painted on them, striped socks and a perfect metrosexual bag. Wait, did I say cute?
12:35 p.m.: “Without these, by the end of the day I’ll have broken legs,” Jean Shafiroff says of her sneakers.
12:37 p.m.: “Did you hear? The truck got stolen — French Connection, Theory and Ralph Lauren.” Apparently, they are still rolling in with new stuff trying to replace what was stolen.
12:46 p.m.: Beth Stern pushing her way through the paparazzi. “Enough with the photos. I wanna go shopping now,” she says. OK!
12:56 p.m.: And the award for longest time giving interviews on the red carpet goes to: Kelly Ripa!
1:19 p.m.: “What time is Donna arriving?” I ask her [vice president of public relations] Patti Cohen. “She’s not. She’s stuck in Bali,” she says. Nice place to be stuck.
1:21 p.m.: Rachel Zoe finishes the carpet and makes a beeline for her husband, who gives her a drink. “It’s a margarita,” he says. “Oh, goody!” she says before a big gulp.
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1:37 p.m.: Nicky and Kathy Hilton strike their trademark pose for me. Then Nicky hands me her phone. “Will you take one for me?” Sure. She looks at it. “Will you do one more full length please?”
1:41 p.m.: Finished the press line and now it’s onto the food line. All this delicious catering by Sant Ambroeus and some idiot is eating a hot dog. [Editor’s note: They weren’t bad!]
2:22 p.m.: I have good taste. I see two very pretty girls and ask them for a snap. Their publicist hands me slips of paper with their names. They happen to be Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Universe Gabriela Isler.
2:47 p.m.: Was about to head out when Alec Baldwin arrives with his wife and child. Surprisingly he stops and poses. Phew. Thought I was going to need my football helmet for a second.
3:34 p.m.: Is this the Long Island Medium? She sure looks like her. Waiting in line for a tarot reading, I strike up a conversation with two ladies. “I bought a table for $6,000,” one of them says. Finally, I ask my three questions to the psychic, ‘Will I ever pay $6,000 for a table?’ I’m told, “Either way it will work out.” Vague much?
5:23 p.m.: From the height of consumerism to the highest of art. I’m on the way to the Watermill Center summer benefit. One of my favorite events of the year!
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