A Billionaires’ Trump Rally in the Hamptons07/16/2019
Trump supporters and billionaire conservationists made for a strange mix Saturday night, at a 30th anniversary gala for the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
The crowd at the wooded museum grounds included Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News anchor who is dating Donald Trump Jr., and John Paulson, a hedge fund billionaire and early Trump supporter.
“I’ve never seen a crowd like this,” said Andrew Sabin, a precious metals magnate and Trump donor, who is a founder of the museum. “It’s not even a Trump rally, it’s amazing,” he added during his opening remarks. Half the crowd laughed, and half didn’t.
The summer-dress and seersucker-suit set also included Susan and David Rockefeller Jr., the society scions and marine environmentalists; Eric Fischl and April Gornik, the artists; Demian Chapman, the shark expert; Carole Crist, a former first lady of Florida; Brock Pierce, a cryptocurrency wiz; Libbie Mugrabi, the art world gadabout; and Jason Binn, the luxury magazine publisher.
Wealth and environmentalism offered other strange juxtapositions. Purple martins nested above signs warning of Lyme disease. In the gravel parking lot, three 2019 Rolls-Royce models, each costing more than $400,000, were available to test-drive.
Celebrity no-shows included Liev Schreiber, a gala co-chair, “who had to pick up his daughter from camp”; and Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director, who was “working on his marriage in Turks and Caicos,” an event spokesman said. (Mr. Scaramucci’s representative said via text that the couple was celebrating their anniversary.)
As the evening wound down, Mr. Paulson collected a rope-handled canvas gift bag from a table next to a two-tone, silver-and-white Rolls-Royce Phantom. He, too, is an environmentalist.
“We want to preserve what’s still virgin in the world,” Mr. Paulson said. “But I’m not negative on man. Mankind is great.”
Ever since George Clooney made a billion dollars hawking tequila, it seems every celebrity over the age of 21 is peddling booze.
On Sunday, John Legend promoted his new line of rosé with a concert at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y. Once a Humbert Humbert-y dive motel, the remade hot spot is in its 12th summer as trust-fund hipster nirvana, with “sustainable fine jewelry” for sale in the lobby and cartons of Marlboro and Parliament cigarettes next to a tip jar in the restroom.
Before his set, Mr. Legend answered questions in a room overlooking Fort Pond: His secret for avoiding Hamptons traffic is taking a helicopter. No wine for him before singing, thank you. His jacket and pants in Irish Spring colors were provided by Gucci.
The performance took place against a backdrop of acrylic artwork by Brandon Boyd, the Incubus frontman, who cheered from the deck, as two dozen paddleboarders listened on the pond. Cuba Gooding Jr, the actor, fought his way to the front while Christie Brinkley and her look-alike daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, also a model, watched through the screens on their phones.
Also swaying along were Molly Sims, the model and actress, and her husband Scott Stuber, a Netflix executive; Rachel Zoe, the stylist, who wore a floor-sweeping teal-green vintage Halston; Eric Ripert, the chef; Cynthia Rowley, the designer; Dylan Lauren, the candy purveyor; and Jayma Cardoso, an owner of the Surf Lodge.
At one point, Peter Brant Jr., standing on a second-floor fire escape with a beer in each hand, summoned a photographer from the throng to take his picture.
After the show, Francisco Costa, a former women’s creative director of Calvin Klein, hosted a small dinner to promote his new beauty range, Costa Brazil.
Guests like Don Lemon, the CNN anchor, and his fiancé, Tim Malone, dined on steak and lobster as mosquitoes dined on the guests. Mr. Costa mentioned that his new products incorporate Breu, a resin from the Amazon rain forest that is a natural insect repellent.
Guests dabbed themselves with samples, and the mosquitoes left to dine at a different table.
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