PartyLines- photographs by Patrick McMullan

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‘By Invitation Only’ by Jodi Della Femina Book Launch Party

Vera Wang Bridal House. June 29, 2009. By Bennett Marcus

What was your writing process like for this novel? “I sent the pitch, outline, and first chapter to my agent, and she called me and said, ‘You’re joking, right? At the bottom of what you sent me it said sent from your BlackBerry.’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah. I do my best work when my kids are napping and I’m in my car.’” —Jodi Della Femina

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Do you have any excessive behavior when you’re in the Hamptons? “That problem’s been solved, hasn’t it? I doubt that there’s an excess of money anywhere, even in the Hamptons.” —James Lipton

Rachel Roy

Nina Griscom

What will you do when you retire? “I always imagined the perfect life is like Ralph Lauren, where he goes in, and his wonderful expert crews show him work—and be the inspiration, the light at the end of the tunnel, the fairy godmother that comes down.” —Betsey Johnson

Judy Licht

If you could own a pet that was not a dog, cat, bird, or horse, what would you get? “I would have a politician in Albany.” Why? “Apparently they’re all for sale, and quite cheap.” —Euan Rellie

Jessie Della Femina

Liz Lange

Have you ever surfed? “I certainly don’t surf. I did do one of those bodyboard things. It’s as much as I can do to sort of get myself flat on one of those bodyboards, let alone actually standing up on the thing.” —Hamish Bowles

Johannes Huebl

Olivia Palermo

Have you sold the movie rights for your daughter's book yet? “No. But that’s just a formality.” —Jerry Della Femina

Gigi Stone

Donna D'Cruz

What gets on your nerves in the Hamptons? “People in the small, local produce stores talking on their cell phones. What can they be saying? ‘Should I buy tomatoes?’ It’s annoying everywhere, but out there it just seems almost worse.” —Fern Mallis

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