Hamptons Fashion Week Brought the Glamour to SAC

Prepping models for the Hamptons Fashion Week runway show
Prepping models for the Hamptons Fashion Week runway show
Eric Vitale

Now in its third year, Hamptons Fashion Week debuted some exciting spring/summer 2023 collections during a special event featuring designers Cesar Galindo, Brochu Walker, House of Barretti and Culture Tree at Southampton Arts Center on Saturday, August 7.

This main event kicked off with a night of cocktails and mocktails by Spring 44, Coconut Cartel and Ghost Tequila, as well as bites from local restaurateurs. Set to the music of DJ Fly Girl Tunes, guests strolled, sipped and shopped numerous exhibitors including NU-Me Moods Curated Home Collection, Signature Blends by KF, Stella and Ruby Jewelry, Sara Shala Collection and more, while also enjoying the photo booth.

But the night’s big finale came with the full-frontal fashion runway show and its featured designers – Cesar Galindo, Brochu Walker, House of Barretti and Culture Tree – surrounded by all-white floral décor and NU-ME curated candles. Designers took orders for their collections in the show via the Runway Buy app, which offers live shopping to anyone using it to watch video of events like this. Quiet Events provided the music.

A wide range of luxury exhibitors, quality food and beverage purveyors and much more took over the gorgeously appointed outdoor space.

Tents on the Southampton Arts Center grounds for Hamptons Fashion Week
Tents on the Southampton Arts Center grounds for Hamptons Fashion WeekEric Vitale

The fabulous runway show was part of a weekend-long event, livestreamed worldwide and created by DCG Media Group. The festivities on Saturday and Sunday included local Southampton pop-up tastings, an art exhibition and a TV and internet celebrity lineup, including the featured designers as well as country music songstress and six-time WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James (now signed with Impact Wrestling); Netflix producer and actress Kim Fields (Living Single, The Facts of Life); celebrity chef, Food Network host and New York Times bestselling author Gina Neely (Down Home with the Neelys); The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Kim D; TikTok sensation Nick Norcia; on-air fashion and entertainment commentator Sydney Sadick; and Isabella Barrett of Toddlers and Tiaras.

Southampton’s Arte Collective Gallery hosted day one and launched Hamptons Fashion Week. Yubal Márquez Fleites curated the exhibition, featuring talents such as highlighted artist Skott Marsi, an expressionistic street art-style painter known for large murals and a pop sensibility.

Runway show at Southampton Arts Center for Hamptons Fashion Week 2021
Runway show at Southampton Arts Center for Hamptons Fashion Week 2021Eric Vitale

Day two attracted Hampton locals, influencers, editors and celebs who were greeted and welcomed by curated mannequins from local luxury brands and retailers such as Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. Among the notable attendees and celebrities in attendence, fashion industry legend Fern Mallis received the HFW Fashion Icon Award. Reza Farahan of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset and Southampton’s favorite socialite and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff also made appearances.

“This special event is a unique, fun, and all-encompassing opportunity to share with residents and visitors, enjoy local fashion and beauty brands found right here in the East End, and give brands and designers an opportunity to showcase their collections,” says Hamptons Fashion Week founder Dee Rivera, a fashion industry veteran and CEO of DCG Media Group. “In addition, my goal is to create diversity and to bring back the economy by highlighting Southampton as we ride the wave of COVID,” Rivera continues, adding, “Southampton is my second home, which I hold dear to my heart.”

Runway show at Southampton Arts Center for Hamptons Fashion Week 2021
Runway show at Southampton Arts CenterEric Vitale

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