Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 2013

Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, Calif, was host to the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Nestled atop the tree covered hills, the historic park was the perfect setting for a daytime polo match. Clear skies provided the Southern California style scene a last chance to shine before the late blooming fall weather sets in.

Veuve Clicquot set the tone for the day’s events with its signature cantaloupe colored décor and full bodied champagne selections. Brut Yellow Label, as well as Rose La Grande Dame champagne bubbled beautifully in clear, crystalized flutes.

The Veuve Clicqout Polo matches originated in England, spreading to New York and Los Angeles in 2008 with the highly anticipated Polo Classic. This event is known for the elite level of sportsmanship on the field and the scene that it draws.

The fashion scene at the Polo Classic is no stranger to the LA crowd. Channeling the English styling, women come accessorized in two key items: the parcel and the hat. Veuve Clicqout’s bright cantaloupe-colored umbrellas provided general shade but the accessorized parcels were part of 'the look’. For the woman who chose to take in more sunlight, the British inspired hats were the perfect touch of style. Tulle, feathers and structured fabrics were pinned high and off to one side to create a proper hat for such an event. The Southern California styles of exposed backs and colorful printed dresses, dotted the grassy hillside for the match.

The men came dressed to the nines. From dress slacks to chinos, pants were tailored neatly to the leg and rolled up at the ankles, showing off oxfords and boat shoes alike. Two key looks set the tone for menswear: small plaid prints and bow ties. Men chose soft but richly colored plaid shirts for a summery touch. The plaid shirts were slim to the body and rolled up slightly from the wrists. Colorful pocket squares popped from jackets, complimenting the colors of the shirts. For a playful touch, men paired printed bow ties with crisp white shirts. These trends were a modern twist to Old English styling.

After the crowds of bow ties and British inspired hats filled the grassy hillside, the guests perched on blankets for the main event. This year’s match started with a game changing twist. Notably, one of the best polo players and face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras, was paired on the field with his 13-year-old son, Hilario Figueras. With only four players to a team, it was safe to say the talent was strong and fierce. Both team Nespresso and Black Watch put up a tough competition. The teams were volleying points on the scoreboard, for the majority of the game. Black Watch pulled forward at the end with an 8-7 win over Nespresso. The crowds roared with the final point scored and the win from Nacho and Hilario’s first professional match played together.
To wrap up the highly anticipated event, the crowd raised their bubbling flutes for a toast to Veuve Clicqout and the polo players.

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