Saks and Toby Milstein Schulman wanted to do something noble and relaxed at a party in the Hamptons: After all, August is the last act of summer, and with it comes laziness , lazy energy.
So they combine two concepts that initially seemed to have little in common. The first: a Paris dinner by L’Avenue at Saks, all set on a far-reaching table with a waterfront view of the scenic cove. Designers like Tanya Taylor, Alexandra O’Neill of Markarian and Kimberly Goldson have eaten everything from king crab salad to morel pasta. The most popular drink of the night was Sancerre or rosé.
Second: Movie night on the lawn. When Dirty Dancing began playing on outdoor screens, guests curled up on pink sofas with bags of truffle popcorn in hand. By the time Jennifer Gray was picked up by Patrick Swayze, many were already hiding themselves under carefully provided knitted blankets.
The idyllic night drew a creative and mixed crowd :Pose star Leyna Bloom was in attendance, along with civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen and interior designer CeCe Barfield Thompson. Lauren Picciano, vice president of public relations and influence at Saks, co-hosted with Milstein Schulman.
By the end, the thread between the night’s two overarching concepts becomes clear: saxophone and film are two things that never go out of style.