Ever wonder what it’s like to be in a Ralph Lauren ad? We experienced this first hand at the 32nd Annual Harriman Cup with our favorite social university, IVY. Thousands of ladies and gentlemen gathered at Bethpage State Park in Long Island to cheer on the polo alumni teams of Yale and University of Virginia. The Harriman Cup is so much more than a polo match. It is an annual fundraiser and, for many, marks the end of summer and the final opportunity to sport seersucker jackets, obnoxiously colored pants and elaborate hats or fascinators.
The Harriman Cup is a non-profit that was founded in 1984. The goal of the organization is to promote polo and support collegiate polo programs at Yale and UVA. Hundreds of fashionable Manhattanites boarded the LIRR at Penn Station for a quick 50 min train ride to Bethpage.
Dressing up is a significant part of the Harriman Cup. Ralph, Ted and Lilly were all equally represented at the event. Women wore summer dresses with large, floppy hats or extravagant fascinators while the gentlemen sported navy jackets, bright bow-ties, and pocketsquares. Awards were distributed to best dressed, best hat, best fascinator, best tailgate and best dog.
The vintage cars showcased at the event made for excellent photo ops. Somehow Kanchana even got to hold the trophy!
“The Polo Lounge is like a fine old mink coat: opulent, dignified and warm.”––Bryan Miller