Veuve Clicquot Classic, Through the Eyes of our Polovore Winner
Polo players, designers, champagne and hats! Want to know what the day was like for our Veuve Clicquot POLOvore Classic winner? Erika shares her experience at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic this past Saturday..
Last week, I learned that I had won a magnificent contest to attend the 5th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. While I knew I would have a fabulous time, I was not prepared for how charmed I would become with the sport of polo and the ceremonies surrounding the event. Here is a glimpse into the experience:
The day started with my boyfriend and I driving from Boston through a stormy downpour – so you have to imagine my delight when, as soon as we crossed the bridge into Manhattan, the clouds opened up and the sun started shining through, and continued to for the rest of the day.
If we had any fears of finding our ferry when we entered Battery Park, they were quickly dispelled as we entered the “parade of hats and bowties” as I called it. Everyone was wearing their most beautiful “urban garden party” outfits. The hats ranged from simple straw boaters to fancy fascinators to the even more creative – those topped with butterflies, wrapped packages, ribbons, and champagne bottles!
The ferry was an experience in and of itself, I had forgotten how beautiful the view of downtown Manhattan is from the water!
On the other side of the river we were greeted by the sight of fantastic Veuve Cliquot kites flying high over a field of bright white tents. The atmosphere inside Liberty State Park was electric – like a fantastic fashion carnival. There were beautiful NY-ers dotting the fields on colorful blankets and popping literally thousands of bottles of champagne! After picking up drinks and treats we circled the park for the perfect spot for our new picnic blanket and sat down to enjoy the match. Polo is an amazing spectator sport. We watched Rachel Zoe kick off the event by rolling out the ceremonial first ball, heard the National Anthem performed by Broadway star Sean Palmer, and helped repair the field during the ceremonial divot stomp. We cheered on both teams – not particularly caring who won – but loving the horses and the views of the city in the backdrop. It was a close match until the end, but after four rounds (shortened from the typical six), team Black Watch defeated Nespresso 9-7.
After it was over we were able to meet up with the BG team and designer Wes Gordon! All of them were SO NICE, and of course, amazingly dressed! A few of the girls were wearing clothes from the Wes Gordon collection and all I can say is- I will have to start saving up for an outfit of my own – they were beautiful – although no surprise for designs coming from fashion’s rising star!
This was Wes Gordon’s first polo match and my first one since I was probably 10 years old, so it was fun chatting all about a new sport – are the different rounds called checkers or chukkers? Can you hold the polo mallet in your left hand? Are all polo shirts numbered 1, 2, 3, 4? We got answers to all of these questions and more while spending the rest of the afternoon admiring the social scene, sitting under Veuve Cliquot umbrellas, and sipping champagne.
After the match, Wes and I got the opportunity to meet the winning team’s captain (and the face of Ralph Lauren) Nacho Figueras! As I put my arm around him for a picture, he quickly assured me that his soaking wet shirt was dripping in “not sweat! Champagne!”. As we left he added a big congratulations to me for winning the contest; no, Nacho, congratulations to YOU for being the reigning king over such a spectacular day.