As Labor Day approaches, with its promise of spending less time in the sunshine, and more time chained to a laptop, the Hamptons cognoscenti palpably ratchets up the fabulousness, to get as much out of last of the season as possible.
To wit, Armand de Brignac, the prestigious champagne house owned exclusively by none other than Jay-Z, hosted an elegant summer sunset clambake this past weekend at the perpetually chic Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton. The swinging soiree paired the brand’s Gold Brut and Rosé, poured from metallic jeroboam bottles, with a raw bar of oysters and mussels and an interactive caviar station.
For the main event, chef Jean Georges – whose eponymous restaurant at Topping Rose is one of the Hamptons’ top tables – prepared an elaborate clambake, with lobster, clams and summer corn. Which we can definitively confirm all tastes better when washing it down with $300+ bottles of champagne.
The glittering guest list included Marc & Pam Murphy, Kelly Bensimon, Florence Fabricant, Andrew Warren, Casey Fremont, Julia Moshy, Tara Sowlaty and many more, who mingled by the pool in the balmy clime, before Andy Mac took to the stage for a live acoustic performance.