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June 8, 2012 By Mary Engels
On Saturday, June 2nd, Clive Owen, Nacho Figueras, and Vanessa Kay hosted this year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Liberty State Park, which christened the event’s first year in their new location. Now in its fifth Summer, previous matches had been held on Governor’s Island. Participants who took the short ferry ride from lower Manhattan could see bursts of Veuve Clicquot’s signature burnt yellow color in the distance. There was a long walk from the ferry, past the morning’s fishermen and sailboat races, to get to the grounds. Some women even removed their high heels and walk in the grass on their way over.
Upon entering, Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ blared from huge speakers at opposite ends of the field. Appropriate, given the panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower and Empire State building. Most people headed towards the champagne concession stands or picked up their pre-ordered picnic baskets before finding a place under one of the dozens of large umbrellas Veuve Clicquot had set up for the event.
The crowd was a Sartorialist’s dream who could have been culled from the Summer issues of Vogue and GQ magazines. Women wore flopped cotton hats, straw fedoras, maxi dresses in solids and prints, billowing silk shirts and skirts and just about every sandals available this season. Men in bowties and salmon colored shorts sat back and watched as international polo superstar and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras and his team Black Watch triumphed over team Nespresso. This, of course, was celebrated with more champagne.