At a party fêting Kelly Ripa for being on the July cover of Hamptons (and in which she said that Clay Aiken would be “a great father”), Regis Philbin said his favorite bathing suit is a Speedo. Meanwhile, all the obnoxious types who’ve long time-shared in the Hamptons are now doing it in historically low-key Montauk, too. Irish and Eastern European workers also flock there in the summer. Some New Zealanders recently found a short jaunt to East Hampton to be suspiciously utopian.
A woman who grew up in Shirley, the “white trash” cousin to the Hamptons, has written a memoir about it. Lobster salad out here is up to $100 a pound. Water Mill folks aren’t so crazy about a plan to redevelop the old train station.
Lionel Richie won’t be doing a big performance in the backyard of a Sag Harbor home after all, because neighbors have complained the gig would be too loud. Amid a nasty public divorce trial with architect Peter Cook, Christie Brinkley found solace over the July 4 weekend with another ex, Billy Joel, and their daughter, Alexa. Elle Macpherson, Donny Deutsch, Ivanka Trump, Renee Zellweger and Howard Stern got a special A-list treat at Ron Perelman’s annual July 4 bash: a surprise concert from Bon Jovi and John Mellencamp. P. Diddy’s big Cîroc Vodka bash at Lily Pond was so crowded that he had to go in the back door. (Can you imagine?)
In East Hampton, foreclosures have already reached the level they were at for the entirety of 2007. Ron Perelman backs Obama but he’s holding a McCain fundraiser at his East Hampton estate to fulfill a promise of such a bash that his longtime friend Howard Gittis made to McCain before Gittis died last fall. Martha Stewart took her role as judge of a garden-container contest (whatever that is) so seriously that “she drove all the way to Amagansett to download her photos so she could examine them properly!” Thanks for caring so much about beauty, Martha! The Hampton Jitney folks weren’t happy when they learned that a cute guide to Hamptons lingo they included in a gift bag to 500 riders described the Jitney as “a cattle car.” Oops…oversight!