In 2007, Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff, and his wife Delphine, bought Lasata for a reported $24 million. Not a bad place, then, to throw a party.
On Saturday, the Krakoffs opened up their home and its verdant grounds, landscaped with a maze of hedges and a prominent Jean Arp sculpture in the middle of the "backyard," for the annual Baby Buggy Summer Dinner -- which previously had always been held at the neighboring estate of Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, the latter of whom founded the organization. Launched in 2001, the nonprofit assists families in need with children's clothes, supplies and educational programs. The evening was sponsored by the Reed Krakoff label, the line started by Krakoff and Coach in 2010.
"I had met Jessica when I attended one of the events. This is something that everyone can relate to, especially having a family of four children myself," said Krakoff. Several of those young children adorably scampered around in brown-and-white awning-striped dresses, weaving in between a cadre of male models standing stiffly at attention, holding trays of Champagne.
In the foyer of the sedate, gray stucco mansion, Krakoff greeted guests like Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother, Blythe Danner, as well as the Seinfelds, Gayle King, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, James Van der Beek and Kimberly Brook, Kyle MacLachlan and Desiree Gruber, Rachel Zoe, Nacho Figueras and Delfina Blaquier, and the editors Stefano Tonchi and Amy Astley.
Paltrow arrived late and left early in order to get to another event and Jessica Seinfeld herself nixed any press interviews with the movie star, so that she could enjoy her short time at the party. But Seinfeld herself was happy to chat. Why did she recently cut her hair into a razor sharp, angular bob? "I shouldn't say this because I'm going to make a lot of enemies. But I felt like I was seeing a lot of long hair on reality TV, so I felt like I wanted to cut my hair short," she explained with a laugh.
This summer Seinfeld is working on her third cookbook -- title to be divulged at a later date -- as well as her tennis game. "I'm a very competitive person with myself. I'm working on my behavior on the court," she admitted.
Danner, in horn-rimmed glasses and an elegant Reed Krakoff skirt and shirt, suffered some logistical problems early in the evening but laughed them off with good humor. First, she nearly fell into a low-slung hedge by accident and then she got her heels trapped in cracks between the patio stones. "My husband [the late Bruce Paltrow] used to always say, 'Don't sit next to Blythe, she splashes,'" sad the Emmy and Tony Award-wining actress, who exudes good-natured charm. "I'm a very klutzy person. Thank goodness my daughter doesn't take after me."
This summer, Danner did a reading of a new play by Lucy Boyle, daughter of Peter Boyle, called "The Blue Deep," at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. She also christened the Seabourn Quest, a new cruise ship, in Barcelona. "There was a 24-piece orchestra and fireworks," she said of the experience.
There were no fireworks at Baby Buggy but the evening raised $275,000 for children. Later that night, a very different crowd gathered at Ruschmeyer's, which has become the hippest new spot in Montauk this summer. Set in a rustic summer-camp environment, the hotel and restaurant hosted the second anniversary party for Saturdays Surf, one of the hippest retail spots in New York's SoHo.