Summer came early in Connecticut.
Many in the invitation-only crowd of about 400 who gathered to watch Prince Harry’s team win the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup at the Greenwich Polo Club on Wednesday brought out their summer clothes, including white pants, floral sundresses and even some seersucker. Model Karolina Kurkova even wore optic white shoes with her white-and-navy Carolina Herrera dress.
The event raised money for the prince’s charity that benefits children in the small African nation of Lesotho.
Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine, wore a floral dress and a BB Dakota capelet trench. King said she wanted to be “Harry appropriate.”
At a luncheon, the prince wore a navy blazer and trousers with a white button-down shirt. No polo-collared shirts until he took to the field later.
His primary polo rival, Nacho Figueras — who models for Ralph Lauren fragrances — added a little more flair to his navy jacket with a pocket square.
The match drew Jason Wu and Valentino and models Jessica Stam and Stephanie Seymour, whose husband, Peter Brandt, owns the club.
A few women donned big, colorful Kentucky Derby-style hats for the event, although the consensus of the crowd was that hats actually have ties to horse racing, not polo.
Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Town & Country magazine, which served as a sponsor, said he could think of no better occasion to wear a white suit. “[It’s] not something to wear every day, not to Christmas or Thanksgiving. This is really the only place, or an exotic expedition in Africa.”
“Polo seems elegant, sort of a cross between tennis, golf — and a little bit Bridesmaids,” he said.
Fielden could imagine a big fashion film like The Great Gatsby influencing a dressier, dapper look at this summer’s polo matches. The movie helps make sense of the look and makes it simultaneously desirable and accessible.
The match wrapped up a weeklong visit by the British prince to the United States.