Yesterday afternoon I tore myself away from the beach for just a bit to head to East Hampton to hang out with one of my favorite yoga gals–the always gracious and eternally upbeat Hilaria Baldwin, who just happens to be launching a capsule collection with the Lexington Company.
The last time I saw the Extra TV correspondent, she was heavily pregnant and a day or two away from giving birth. I think it was at Ben Bradlee’s and Sally Quinn’s Grey Gardens (former home of Big and Little Edie Beale, who were famously documented by Albert and David Maysles and coincidentally the subjects of the first documentary film I ever saw) during a gathering to celebrate the yoga exhibit at the Smithsonian. Or maybe it was at last summer’s fundraiser for Guild Hall, of which she and husband Alec are ardent supporters. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure it was the Guild Hall thing. Regardless, I don’t feel like checking my earlier posts and timelines this morning, and anyway I’m digressing.
“The last time I saw you, you were like this,” I said and pantomimed a very large baby bump.
“Yes, because she was in there,” Hilaria said. Her eyes twinkled as she pointed to her 9-month-old daughter. “I’m glad she’s out.”
This woman is such a doll. I could go on and on.
But back to the matter at hand. Lexington, the Stockholm-based lifestyle brand (think classic with a modern twist–my favorite type of style), has partnered with Hilaria to create the Hamptonite Collection, which features blues, whites, grays and a splash of rustic red and has a preppy/nautical vibe. Highlights of the collection include the Alec shirtdress, which emulates a tailored man’s shirt–what Hilaria liked to wear around the house when she was pregnant–and what she was wearing, updated natch, yesterday; the Carmen dress; a striped beach bag towel and the Kristina shirt.
Proceeds from all Hamptonite Collection sales will benefit Guild Hall. Excellent. Kristina and Tommy Lindhe, the CEO and COO and founders of Lexington Company, sit on the museum and cultural center’s board. Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are also ardent supporters. Today, the Hamptonite Collection launches globally in Lexington’s 55 concept stores. The brand is carried by approximately 900 stores in more than 20 countries on three continents.
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* Photos by me.
Just as we’ve caught our breath from the big blowout Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for another round of festivities. There’s no shortage of fun things to do over the next few days, starting with some hot jazz tonight and ending with lotsa laughs on Monday.
* Tonight, Friday, the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will present legendary drummer Eliot Zigmund for a Jazz en Plein Air concert from 6 to 8 p.m. http://www.parrishart.org
* On Saturday, May 31, the Southampton Cultural Center will present the Parhelion Trio (pictured) at 7 p.m. http://www.scc-arts.org
* The fifth annual Southampton Historical Museum’s annual Insider’s View House Tour starts at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org
* The Lexington Hamptonite Collection, in collaboration with Hilaria Baldwin, will launch at Lexington’s Concept Store in East Hampton from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. http://www.lexingtoncompany.com
* Rumor Has It plays the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday night, starting at 8 p.m. http://www.stephentalkhouse.com
* Dick Johansson & Friends will play a Troubadour Night show at Sag Town Coffee in Sag Harbor, starting at 5 p.m. http://www.sagtowncoffee.com
* Joe Pintauro’s “ARCADIA: Recent Photographs” will be on view at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, with a reception planned from 6 to 8 p.m. http://www.petermarcelleproject.com
* Joe Delia and the Thieves hit the Montauket in Montauk on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Zum Schneider in Montauk on Tuesday, June 3. Check for times for Tuesday’s show. http://www.facebook.com/JoeDeliaandThieves
* On Sunday, June 1, Our Fabulous Variety Show will stage “Raffa Show Burger Theatre” at
230 Elm in Southampton at 6:30 p.m. http://www.ourfabulousvarietyshow.org
* Funny guy Kevin Pollak (pictured) leads off the 2014 Comedy Club on Monday, June 2, at 8 p.m. at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. http://www.baystreet.org
* Don’t forget that “Conviction” is staging at Bay Street in Sag Harbor through June 15, “Red” is staging at Guild Hall in East Hampton through June 8 and “God of Carnage” is staging at Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue through June 8. http://www.baystreet.org
As if being on one of the longest-running series on television and one of the most beautiful women in the world isn’t enough, Mariska Hargitay is also turning into some serious competition for us ink-stained wretches.
Most recently she interviewed Hilaria Baldwin (another absolute doll) for the cover feature for the latest Beach magazine. In August, the same publication ran a nice piece that Mariska wrote on her former “Law and Order: SVU” costar Stephanie March.
The pieces were both good, conversational feeling and full of personal tidbits that one enjoys when friends meet up to work on a piece together. Beauty, brains, AND she’s nice too. Sigh.
For those who want to read the Beach piece, here’s the link to Mariska’s site; http://mariska-online.com/pictures/scans/mariska-interviews-hilaria-baldwin-in-the-new-issue-of-beach-magazine/
I took this picture of Mariska and baby Amaya at a Wolffer Estate Harvest party two summers ago.
Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are the happy and proud parents of their baby daughter, who was born at Mt. Sinai hospital in Manhattan yesterday.
Hilaria tweeted “We are overjoyed to announce the birth of our daughter Carmen Gabriela. She is absolutely perfect” last night just before 8 p.m. She tagged her husband and step-daughter, Ireland, on the post.
Alec’s now eldest daughter was exuberant (and clearly a teenager), tweeting back, “Welcome to the world, Carmen! I’m a f*@&ing sister! The best big sister!! Love you so much.” She also posted a detailed, lengthy 10-point list of advice for baby girl Baldwin on her Tumblr account this morning, which her father posted on his Twitter account (no official tweets from him, as he has sworn on and off the social networking site a few times in the past) .
Yesterday was a big day for the Baldwin family, obviously. It was also announced last night just before 6 p.m. that Alec, a staunch supporter of the arts and of East End cultural organizations, had been voted the Board President of Guild Hall in East Hampton. This is big and happy news for all of us out here who support the arts. When it comes to his causes, Alec not only opens his wallet, he’s also deeply personally committed and shows up to do the work. His leadership and generosity is admirable.
BTW–How cute is this photo I took of Alec and Hilaria at Grey Gardens (once home to Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale and now to Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn) in East Hampton earlier this month. She’s a beautiful woman, inside and out, and it’s no secret that Alec has said she’s made him a better man. I absolutely agree, one thousand percent.
Cheers to the Baldwins and their continued happiness!
According to multiple news sources, Hilaria Baldwin, wife of Alec Baldwin, checked into Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan today and is in labor. Sending positive thoughts for the Baldwin family and Baby Girl Baldwin, who is imminently on her way. More to come on this once she has arrived.
Guild Hall’s annual summer gala, celebrating the artist Chuck Close, was a big hit last night.
I was fortunate enough to run into Lou Reed alone in one of the museum’s galleries and had a quick conversation about having interviewed his wife, Laurie Anderson, last week. Notoriously camera shy, Mr. Reed was the subject of one of Chuck Close’s giant textile portraits on view. I’m glad he humored me long enough for a nice shot.
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, who are anticipating the birth of their daughter on Sunday, were also there as well as at cocktails and dinner afterward.
At the dinner–at the beautiful home of Louise and Leonard Riggio–Mark Drucker, Lynn Blumenfeld, Alec, Hilaria and I talked about politics (Mark thinks that Alec should run for President), yoga and the importance of supporting arts organizations.
During dinner, Alec joked that people credit his wife for his lighter physique but that they should credit Guild Hall Executive Director Ruth Appelhof for “making my wallet a little lighter.” He also joked that Ruth wanted to auction off the naming of his baby, for bids starting at $10,000, which drew big laughs. Always captivating, he then added that he had donated a trip with himself and his wife on a private yacht. “We’re going on a boat and going to get shitfaced drunk and eat Cheetos, smoked almonds and cheese,” he laughed (btw–he’s sober and was just kidding). “Hey, a boat, on Long Island, in the summer … the estimated value is priceless.”
During his talk at the dinner, Chuck Close reported that at one time he and fellow artists Larry Rivers, John Chamberlain and Isamu Noguchi were all in the same hospital together. Though he was pronounced dead, and is now paralyzed from the neck down, he is the only one of the four still alive.
“The guy who was pronounced dead is still here,” he said. The large-scale portrait artist then joked that Alec had recently sat for him “and he managed to f*@$ up every single piece” by sticking his tongue out.
Artists Cindy Sherman, Eric Fischl (his donated piece was a BIG seller) and April Gornik were also there but I missed them. Rats! BUT I did get to visit with Dr. Ruth (she’s here for East Hampton Library’s Authors Night) for a bit, which is always a treat. She’s a doll!
Another memorable night in the Hamptons