Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returns to LA, starring Jacob Elordi, Charlize Theron, Gabrielle Union, Jodie-Turner Smith


The LA heat wave was inevitable on Saturday afternoon at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, where Veuve Clicquot hosted their annual Polo Classic game.

“It’s so hot,” said Jacob Elordi. He wasn’t quite prepared for the high temperatures that hit the ’90s in his long-sleeved suit. He chose the look himself.

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“A few weeks ago I decided to try and dress like the actors from the 50s and 60s that I admired, so I decided to have a uniform,” he said in laughing. “And I think maybe that’s it. I don’t know.”

He paired a Saint Laurent jacket with Tommy Hilfiger pants, a Fendi belt and white Yves Saint Laurent loafers, all gifts from previous photoshoots.

“I literally stole all of these clothes,” he said. “I don’t know how to shop. What about the shoes? Fly. And the belt? Fly. Well, given, received.

Like many in attendance, this was his first time attending a polo match in person, which made him stand out from the crowd. Between the events (he was also at the Academy Museum’s opening night last week), he has been busy filming the new season of the HBO series “Euphoria”.

“It’s such a pleasure to be able to put yourself in your place,” Elordi said of star quarterback Nate Jacobs. “We shoot all year round, so I can be him for a year, which is, as an actor, an absolute treat. Being in a character that’s so far from me, there’s something very cathartic about it. And the reunion with the team is amazing, some of us haven’t seen each other for two years.

About his character, he said, “You see a much more grown-up version of him and that goes for everyone. It’s a complete evolution from the first season.

Elordi was able to catch up with fellow “Euphoria” Lukas Gage, who also came to the event, as did Gabrielle Union, Jodie-Turner Smith, Logan Browning, Lana Condor, Sophia Bush, Jamie Chung, Duckie Thot, Keke Palmer, Justin Hartley, Christina Hendricks, Ted Gibson, Jason Backe and Charlize Theron – who were also in attendance for the first time.

Theron wore Dior and Givenchy. “A bit of everything,” she said. “A mix from my closet.” What was she looking forward to? “A little polo, a little champagne”, of course.

Champagne turned out to be a pull factor for many guests.

“Isn’t that a sufficient reason?” “Dear White People” star Browning joked. “I mean, I drank a lot of it at home all alone on my couch, so…”

Crystal Kung Minkoff from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” for her part, was no newbie, sharing, “It’s one of the funniest events. And it’s just getting more and more fun at the as the day progresses because it gets hotter and people continue to drink more. ”

Hotter than it already was? “It’s hotter but more watered and fun.”

The tented VIP area would turn into a dance party after the game, with Samantha Ronson behind the DJ booth, and the crowd – in their best summer dresses, hats and linen costumes – staying well beyond the crowd. scheduled end time.

The CEO of Veuve Clicquot, Jean-Marc Gallot, came from France for the occasion, the 11th anniversary.

“The support we can give to Will Rogers State [Historic] The park is still important to us, but more importantly is to be together again, ”he said. “You know, coming from France was not easy, but I did everything to be here.”

The number one market for the Champagne house is “by far” the United States, he continues: “For the Veuve Clicquot house, the United States represents the world where anything is possible. The notoriety of the house here is quite astonishing. This is the raison d’être of Veuve Clicquot. Dream big, bright and beautiful, as they say. This is the perfect event to make it feel.

The aim of the event, first held in 2010 (with an edition in New York as well), was to reintroduce polo to Angelenos, said Nacho Figueras, the Argentine professional polo player and team captain. Veuve Clicquot (who faced the Will Rogers team).

“Polo was very popular here in the 1920s and 1930s when Will Rogers and Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy, all those cool guys, played polo here,” he said. “So we wanted to bring him back. And I think this event did a great job of bringing polo back to California, Los Angeles. “

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