An arty crowd turns out for ACRIA's annual summer benefit
The good folks at ACRIA were well-prepared for the thunderstorms predicted for the Hamptons on Saturday night. But if they didn't end up needing the covered tents for the foundation's Cocktails at Sunset benefit, which was presented by Coach and drew the likes of Calvin Klein, Bob Colacello, and Brad Goreski, they could've used some extra power.
"My sixth generator just went out!" said ACRIA's Benjamin Bashein, as he ran across the lawn of interior designer David Kleinberg's house. Lucky for him, by the time the lights went out, the crowd had surveyed the art and placed their bids. (Work by Ross Bleckner and Robert Wilson were among the most coveted pieces in the Paddle8 auction.)
"No event goes off without a hitch, right?" joked the event's planner Deborah Hughes, once the issues had been resolved. Hitch or no, the event raised $300,000 for AIDS research and education. Over the candlelit dinner, conversation turned to summer travel plans. "Next week, I'm off to some undisclosed location for Victoria's Secret, where the fans pick where I deejay," Chelsea Leyland told Style.com. "I could end up somewhere really cool, or Milwaukee, who knows." Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa, admitted his plans were a bit more low-key. "I'll be at my house in Bellport and working on the collection. I feel like I've been traveling, because of everyone else's Instagrams—it's just crazy."