By Susan Michals
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- Ali Larter, Jamie King and Rachel Zoe
Los Angeles in October is notoriously beautiful – Indian summer weather, clear skies and no smog. Hollywood is a town fueled on perfection – and today only upped the anti, as a sea of celebrities, society doyennes, and Argentinean polo players descended upon Veuve Cliquot’s 2nd Annual Polo Classes at Will Rogers State Park.
On the field the star was Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, who has not only been dubbed the “David Beckham of Polo” but is also the face of Ralph Lauren Black label, and for good reason. He is the epitome of charm, good looks and let’s face it, polo. “This is the perfect place to play, there’s so much history,” said Figueras, whose handsomeness is almost blinding. “Clark Gable used to come here and all the big stars from the heyday of Hollywood – to me this field is the epitome of what Hollywood is and was.”
Polo seems to experiencing a resurgence as of late, partly due to those to Brit gentleman, Princes William and Harry. When William showed up in July with his new bride Katherine, Los Angeles was thrown into a veritable tizzy – polo was front and center and every man this side of Ventura County was contemplating how he could get his hands on a horse and saddle and get into the game. Yes, in just 48 hours, the polo field had become the best place to get noticed in Los Angeles – even more than Nick Jones’s scene in the sky, Soho House.
For today’s festivities, Veuve opted for a Roaring Twenties theme, and Jay Gatsby would have fit right in and Scott Schuman aka “The Sartorialist” would’ve been in heaven. While some of the crowd in the VIP tent went all out in flapper wear, the majority opted for 21st century attire. Guests sipping the famous champagne included Sofia Vergara (in skin tight jeans), “Mad Men” costume designer and newlywed Janie Bryant, singer Natasha Bedingfield, and new baby mama actress Ali Larter.
The two belles of the proverbial ball polo field though were undoubtedly actress Jamie King and style maker Rachel Zoe, who came with husband Rodger as well as her new baby. Said infant, who early on in Zoe’s pregnancy was a bone of contention to her accelerated stylist sked, has become a better accessory than anything Chanel could offer –little man Skylar was the perfect fashion accoutrement to his mama’s all white ensemble. Needless to say though, best dressed of the day? The female servers on the Veuve staff. The lovely ladies bedecked in nouveau flapper wear with knee high argylian lace socks were definitely a hit, and will hopefully be gracing W before the week is out.
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