Despite the rain on Saturday evening, Hamptons tastemakers gathered to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Hamptons Magazine with current cover star Brooke Shields who looked chic in Minnie Rose. The fabulous party, which was sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka, was held at the Southampton Social Club. Publisher Debra Halpert and the magazine’s Editor in Chief were also in attendance.
Hamptons magazine, the magazine that paved the way for an entire category of luxury lifestyle publications, celebrates its 35th anniversary this summer kicking off the season with cover star Brooke Shields opening up about her own east End memories. The once weekly newspaper which launched in 1978 and has evolved into a glossy that has become the model for an entire company of successful regional market publications including Aspen Peak, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Philadelphia Style, Ocean Drive, Vegas as well as custom publications, kicks off the season with a 350-page Memorial Day issue featuring an inside look at the East End memories of cover star Brooke Shields, along with an exclusive feature from Supermodel Kelly Bensimon on the life and times of the greatest supermodels of the last 35 years including Christy Turlington Burns, Linda Evangelista, Elle Macpherson, “The Hamptons Power 35” and more. In the Shields cover story, the superstar who grew up coming to the Hamptons and now owns her own home in Southampton, reveals, “My mom was divorced from my father, but wanted me to live his lifestyle. She was from Newark; he was from the East Coast, and he spent all his summers in the Hamptons…My mother rented a room above Hildreth’s; they were one-room apartments, and you had to lift up the countertop to take a bath—that’s how small they were.” Shields goes on to explain that she was well aware of the social scene growing up: “Growing up, there’s a social register, but I got taken off the list when I did “Pretty Baby.” My father almost got taken off the social register because my mother got pregnant before they got married.”
In “The Supers”, Bensimon explores the connection between the world’s most beautiful faces and the world’s most beautiful place with interviews featuring Christy Turlington, Christie Brinkley, Rachel Hunter, Helena Christensen, Petra Nemcova, Elle Macpherson, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista as well as upcoming models Hillary Rhoda and Jessica Hart. “The Hamptons Power 35” uncovers the 35 power players to follow during this year’s summer seasons including Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Buffett, Tory Burch, Jimmy Fallon, Madonna, Aerin Lauder and many more. With a dedicated publisher and editor in chief that create strong community relationships, the magazine continues to keep the editorial unique to the Hamptons without duplication of content. Publishing 13 times per year, Hamptons publishes a winter issue as well as ensuring online content is continually updated throughout the winter to deliver the most up to date local lifestyle news all year long.
We spoke with Brooke Shields on the red carpet. Check out our interview below:
What does it mean to you to be on the 35th Anniversary cover of Hamptons Magazine?
Brooke Shields: It’s exciting every time that they’ve asked me, this is my fourth time. Fourth times the charm! It’s just an honor. There’s a lot of people and the fact that they keep welcoming me back always sort of amazes me and yet I love it. I love taking the pictures, I love Nigel Perry. [He] was just so fast and so beautiful, you know what I mean? This is Hamptons Magazine, so it’s all about sorta opulence and beautiful things. I don’t look like that in my daily life. Well, if I get all dolled up, but you know, it’s a fantasy that they upheld.
What do you love about Hamptons fashion?
Brooke Shields: Well, it always seems to be a perfect blend of traditional and ahead of its time. When I used to come here it was only Pucci…and there was a uniform, and that’s still here. I mean everything about it and so it’s nice that that is sort of still infused. And then you sorta turn to the right and there are some widely fabulous, eclectic, vintage meets and there’s sort of a union of all of it. And I think it’s nice now that it’s mixing up a little bit.
During the party guests snacked on fresh shucked oyster by Oysters XOs, sipped on Heineken Beers and previewed the new models by Ferrari/Maserati of Long Island, while they enjoyed the latest fashion collection by Minnie Rose. Guests toasted Brooke’s cover with the Moscow Mule drink in limited edition copper Russian Standard copper mugs. Check out the cocktails guests enjoyed at the party below:
Russian Standard Moscow Mule
2 oz Russian Standard Vodka
4 oz Premium Ginger Beer
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice (or squeeze half a lime)
Garnish: Wedge of Lime
Add ice to the copper mug, followed by Russian Standard Vodka and a squeeze of a lime wedge. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
2 oz Russian Standard Vodka
¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
6 mint leaves
Garnish: Mint Leaf
Muddle Mint Leaves and Simple Syrup in a Shaker. Add other ingredients then shake with ice and strain into a Rocks Glass with Ice
Standard Little Word
2 oz Russian Standard Vodka
½ oz. Elderflower liqueur
¾ oz Fresh lemon juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
Garnish: No Garnish or Lemon Twist
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.
Below are additional highlights from Brooke Shields’ Hamptons Magazine cover story:
On her First Crush in The Hamptons:
“My first crush. I went over to Drew’s house, and everybody had servants and house staff, and we didn’t. My mother rented a room above Hildreth’s; they were one-room apartments, and you had to lift up the countertop to take a bath—that’s how small they were. When I went over to Drew’s house, I brought my dishes to the sink because that’s what I was taught to do. And his mother called my mother the next day and said, “Would you please tell your daughter that we have people that do that?. She doesn’t need to bring her dish to the sink.” My mom said, “Well we don’t have people, and that’s what we do in our house, so to stop this from happening she won’t be coming over anymore.”
On her naming being brought up in recent years to host a talk show:
“I used to shy away from the idea because I thought that it was saying that I was giving up on being an actress. I’m so passionate about acting I was so afraid that would be the message. I also think I was intimidated by it because I don’t enjoy confrontation and I always see both sides of every story. I thought if I’m not vehemently on one side then I’m just vanilla, and I’m not that interesting. I’ve always been afraid I don’t have an opinion or I’m nervous about offending somebody. Then I realized I’m perfectly comfortable offending people.”
On being a public person today versus in the 80’s:
“[The ’80s] were decadent, and I was in the middle of all of it. But I was protected, meaning that I would go to Studio 54 for every event, but I was home at 10. Fame didn’t seem as hostile as it does now; now it feels unsafe. Maybe it was because I was so naïve; it’s very possible that it has always been the same thing or I’m so much more cognizant, but I think social media has really changed it. There used to feel like there was an etiquette, but I didn’t know enough to resent it then, and it also didn’t occur to me to fight for my privacy. But now I’m so sensitized to my privacy for my kids.”
On working on the set of “Army Wives”:
“A lot of other sets people are just punching in the time cards, people are griping a lot, and there’s attitudes with actors—you can feel tension. [In Army Wives], the leads are lovely and it just trickles down from there.”