and Rebuild Haiti with the aim to help Haiti in the wake of the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010. The event was free and New Yorkers lined up, and I do mean lined up to take the ferry to the Island to enjoy bubbly and ponies. There were merchandise tents which offered everything from blankets and umbrellas to polo shirts and soft bocce ball sets with carrying case, all emblazoned with the Veuve Clicqout logo and in it’s signature yellow hue. For guests who did not bring an alfresco picnic to enjoy on the lawn, the venue was dotted with food vendors as well as champagne tents for a refreshing as well as festive beverage.
Polo was played on Governor’s Island regularly back in the days that it was an army base, throughout the early 20th century but play was stopped when America went to war in 1941. It was in May of 2008 that Veuve Clicquot brought polo back and it has become a huge draw for enthusiasts and new comers alike. Thousands take part in the free event, which also marks the official opening of Governor’s Island for the season.
While Nacho Figueras was the star on the field, he also happens to be the face of Ralph Lauren, he was not the only star in attendance. Hugh Jackman was the Master of Ceremonies, while Isla Fisher, Naomi Watts, Wyclef Jean and Marc Jacobs also took in the match. And it seems everyone was invited to the half-time tradition of stomping the divots, which was a site to behold.
Not only was Governor’s Island teeming with celebs, pro athletes and ponies but even the commoners brought out their best for the event. Clad in seersucker, polka dots, pink and royal wedding worthy hats, the thousands who showed up did not disappoint and half the fun of the day was looking at all the stellar fashion. Not exactly your typical Sunday attire for most New Yorkers.
Black Watch beat Rico Mansur’s team 6 to 5 but I think everyone came away a winner on Sunday.