If there’s one thing that stays consistent with each season the Hamptons brings, it’s those benevolent New Yorkers and Hamptonites offering up their sprawling mansions to throw swanky soirees for their particular pet cause. The hottest ticket this weekend was the Hamptons Live benefit concert with Jason Derulo, held at power couple Julie and Billy Macklowe’s expansive Sagaponack compound, to benefit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation. To date, the charity has raised over $800 million to fund crucial music education in America’s public schools.
To get the party cranking, celebrity DJ duo Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis spun tunes for the usual mix of Hamptons socials, Real NY Housewives, designers and other assorted boldfacers, including Tiffany Trump, Milly’s Michelle Smith and Bobby Flay. What really turned up the heat was Jason Derulo’s riveting performance, including his sexified hits “Want to Want Me,” “Marry Me,” and “Whatcha Say,” with a full band and backup dancers. While guests were partying it up, Derulo endearingly summated the urgency of the evening’s cause: “Music has always been a great part of my life, it kept me off the streets. I’m fortunate to have this platform where I can speak about things that I actually care about, and music is one the most important.”
Further East was the Surfrider Foundation’s Two Coasts: One Ocean benefit, whose mission is to preserve and protect our oceans and coastline. Set on an estate atop the hills of Montauk, guests from the music, art and fashion worlds enjoyed sweeping views of the sunset over the ocean and Montauk Lake at the surfer-themed backyard soiree.
Priceless auction items included a handmade bicycle by Shinola, as well as an afternoon Hamptons ride and lunch with supermodel Carolyn Murphy, Paris Fashion Week with Kenzo, a surf session with Quincy Davis, and a day out on the waves with singer and surfer Donavon Frankenreiteir. To set the 70s bohemian gypset vibe, big wave surfer DJ KK played retro surf tunes while coastal activists mingled with creative notables such as Bruce Weber, Cynthia Rowley, Athena Calderone, Ben Watts, hotelier Sean MacPherson, and pro surfers Quincy Davis and Mikey Detemple.
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