On the evening of Friday, July 13, under a clear blue sky, the aptly named eco-friendly fashion model Summer Rayne Oakes hosted a dinner party for about 40 environmentally-conscious souls at “Project Greenhouse,” a solar-paneled party space sponsored by Lexis Hybrid in East Hampton. Locally-sourced striped scallops, striped bass, root vegetables and green beans (burp!) were served by chef Nathan Lyon (best known as the star of the program A Lyon In the Kitchen on the Discovery Health Channel). And of course a few luxury Lexus Hybrid sedans, which retail for around $100,000 apiece, were parked in the driveway.
But never mind the tragic fate of Planet Earth and its attendant marketing potential—what’s up with presidential niece Lauren Bush, who smiled beatifically throughout the entire dinner? “I’ve been working on the FEED bag project for a long time now,” she said, referring to a United Nations World Food Program endeavour to raise money for children in Africa by selling cotton tote bags. “It’s great to hang out with other people doing similar projects.”
Was she having fun? “The food was very fresh, you feel healthy, you’re with intelligent people, yes—it’s good fun,” Ms. Bush said pleasantly. “I think it’s a great synergy of a lot of people doing really eco-friendly and socially conscious things.”
The Transom checked in with the hostess, who was wearing a vintage dress with hemp bow and jewelry made out of sustainable Alaskan ivory, whose designer, Monique Péan, was also in attendance.
“People are enjoying the wine,” Ms. Oakes said of her guests; she doesn’t drink. “The great thing about sustainable products is great stories behind them.”
She added she had thrown the party to “deepen people’s engagement in the issues.”
Environmental psychologist Massimo LoBuglio, who teaches at Columbia University, was wearing a fetching windmill brooch on the lapel of his jacket. “It creates a teachable moment,” he said. Are parties like these good for picking up young wood nymphs? “I’ve always thought about it as a good way to advocate,” Dr. LoBuglio said.
Clearly the most elevated mind of the bunch was the house’s architect, Edvin Karl Stromsten. “The key to an environmentally sound house is a full liquor cabinet,” Mr. Stromsten said. “You have to have the whole stock. Some good Irish whisky and some good Scotch whisky. I also like a Manhattan.”