A T-shirt and shorts-clad Lauren Bush slipped through the crowd, picking up several pieces from Donna Karan but — oops! — nothing from Tommy Hilfiger. Karan’s friend Tina Lyons, meanwhile, strode around in a vintage T-shirt designed by Malcolm McLaren for Vivienne Westwood and a bikini bottom, making it easier to try things on.
“People used to get arrested for wearing this shirt in London,” she said. Of course, as sunbathers at nearby Two Mile Hollow beach know, people still get arrested in East Hampton for not wearing any pants.
Serious shoppers like Helen Schifter, wearing a Comme des Garçons skirt, had receipts in hand within moments. The less competitive sort were left behind. Debbie Bancroft took a breather for lunch with Marisa Berenson and her daughter, Starlight. “So far, all I’ve bought are brownies,” Bancroft sighed.
Shopping wasn’t the weekend’s only sporting event. In London, the crowd bellowed “Go Harry!” as the young prince thundered around the polo field at the annual Cartier International Polo. Harry Wales — as he prefers to be called — and fellow members of the Prince of Wales Team trounced rivals Hurlingham, as guests including Johann and Hanneli Rupert, Camilla Rutherford, Romola Garai and Brooke de Ocampo looked on.
Jodie Kidd was there, plugging her new corporate events business Pret-a-Polo, while Tara Palmer-Tomkinson reminisced about her horsey days. “Ah polo! The men, the horses, the sweat, the trailers,” she mused. “I played until I was about 13 — until I discovered boys and snogging.”