Is Polo the new sport of the fashion elite?
Said Marc Jacobs of the sport: “All I know about polo is it’s a little logo on Ralph Lauren’s brand of clothing.” Jacobs who with his fiancé Lorenzo Martone, was one of the first to arrive on Governors Island Saturday for Veuve Clicquot’s second annual Manhattan Polo Classic.
Someone who knew more about the sport was HRH Prince Harry of Wales, who led a team in honor of his charity, Sentebale, in a match against Argentine pro Nacho Figueras and his squad, Black Watch. But even the royal was rusty. “I’ve only played polo once this year, so I’ll probably fall off,” he joked.
After a light lunch and lots of Veuve, Aby and Samantha Rosen, Alberto Mugrabi, Peter Brant, Alek Wek, Kelly Klein, LL Cool J, Donna Karan and Chloë Sevigny turned their attention toward the pitch.
“I’ve never been to [an official] polo game,” said Kate Hudson on the sidelines. “Although in Colorado, where I grew up, our neighbors had a big ranch and there were polo matches going on there all the time.”
In the final seconds of the game, HRH Harry saved the day. He won the match and the hearts of New Yorkers. As Cornelia Guest put it, “The prince is charming.”