There is no other like the first Saturday in New York City (New Jersey to be precise) when Veuve Clicquot jumpstarts summer with the hottest polo game of the season against a backdrop of downtown Manhattan.
Star-player Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier naturally played for Team Veuve joined by celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan, Julianne Moore, Emily Ratajkowski, models, Instagrammers, and plenty of friends for a bubbly toast.
We’ll cut to the chase and reveal that Team Veuve Clicquot won with a score of 11 to 10! Clara Casino, a friend of the duo, was deemed the Most Valuable Player. The game was also special in that the field had an equal amount of male to female players. Figueras wrapped up the game by spraying the crowd with a gigantic bottle of Veuve.
How Did The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Begin?
This year marks the 12th annual event at Liberty State Park across the Hudson in New Jersey. Starting in 2008, after a 70-year polo absence in NYC, the event began as a small gathering of 250-people.
Now gathering tens of thousands of individuals, the event also takes place in Los Angeles. The event continues to carry the brand’s namesake after Madame Clicquot, the 27-year old widow who shaped the champagne house over a century ago. The Polo Classic continue to pay homage to the event that brings polo lovers and champagne advocates together.
We spoke to Figueras a few days earlier at the Polo Bar in Midtown, and he revealed that this is a “special polo tournament” because he plays in the shadows of all the NYC skyscrapers on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other.
“It gives me the chills every time“ Figueras wrote in an Instagram post. There truly isn’t another tournament to match the swoon-worthy vista, the red carpet (orange in this case) worthy looks, and the world-class polo.
The event also followed Figueras’ statement in support of his friend Prince Harry. He had flown out to play at the Royal Sentable charity match in Rome just days after the birth of his son and got a flood of critique from tabloids.
“The world thinks they know everything about this man. I have been fortunate enough to spend enough time over the years to learn and understand the man he really is, a kind, generous, compassionate person who is constantly thinking about how to make the world a better place, whether that is helping kids in Africa, talking openly about mental health, encouraging children or talking about climate change and the things that we all human beings need to change for the next generations. I see him do that over and over again and it is truly inspiring. I am honored to be your friend and let’s keep fighting because if we all fight together love always wins.”Nacho Figueras via Instagram
In an interview with Carly Zakin at theSkimm, Figueras also cheekily refused to admit which of the two princes is better. “Different,” he said. He explained that Prince William plays more on the defense. And while the Royals were not in attendance, a star-studded crowd was there in their place.
Who Attended The Polo Classic?
Let’s start with the Queen of the night Delfina Blaquier wearing her own brand Acheval Pampa.
Jennifer Lawrence was really the talk of the town sporting her recent engagement ring costing upwards of $100k.
Michael B Jordan– classics never go out of style.
Emily Ratajkowski came with her husband to spice up the party.
Pianist Chloe Flower easily wins our best dressed wearing a ruffled flower gown.
New York’s own DJ Isaac Likes may or may not have even dyed his hair to match a pastel mint suit.
Julianne Moore kicked off the game with the first throw wearing a chic flower print dress draped with a black blazer despite the heat of the day.
Painted tye die also served as the event photo booth. Samantha Angelo truly gathered all the attention with her dress.
Red is never a bad idea and TK Wonder danced the day away in her fabulous duo.
How To Get Tickets To The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic?
Anyone can really attend as long as you snatch a ticket. Tickets are out in late April for the general entry picnic option and Rose Garden elevated experiences. The lucky few get invited into to the VIP tent.
All Images: Courtesy of BFA and Veuve Clicquot
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