Exclusive: KDHamptons Super Saturday Fashion Diary With Kelly Ripa
On July 26th, Super Saturday took over Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill with a swarm of shoppers for the 26th time with celebrities and Hamptonistas clamoring for bargains. Sponsored by QVC, every dollar of the $3.5 million earned from this glamorous designer garage sale was donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, so it’s guilt-free gifts for all. Hosted by Donna Karan and Kelly Ripa, the event is an annual crowd pleaser, with husbands even scouring the tents for some discount designer duds to don at work and during downtime. Other celebs hobnobbing and shopping included designer Rachel Zoe, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Rinna and Gayle King [below].
Super Saturday 17 is OCRF’s fun-filled, family-oriented daylong fundraiser, complete with a one-of-akind designer garage sale, kids’ carnival and activities, a luxury raffle and gourmet treats. Once dubbed “the Rolls-Royce of garage sales,” the most anticipated element of Super Saturday is the fashion garage sale, which included merchandise from nearly 200 prominent participants including: Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Haute Hippie, Nanette Lepore, Milly, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand and Helmut Lang.
Kelly Ripa [above] shopped to save lives as she filled up her bag with designer deals that will contribute to the cure for ovarian cancer. Ripa, one of the most renowned hosts in morning television, appeared in both the print and television public service announcements promoting “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE”.
Shoppers took part in an on-site luxury raffle with prizes from designers including Vhernier, Lorraine Schwartz, Charlotte Olympia, Dolce & Gabbana and Pologeorgis Furs and experiences donated by The New York Football Giants, Trump National Golf Club and Flywheel Sports, among others. Additionally, OCRF’s Super Saturday Online Auction began July 16th with amazing one-of-a-kind VIP experiences, celebrity meet & greets and so much more!
“Super Saturday is a powerful demonstration of the ongoing relationship between OCRF and QVC,” said Claire Watts, CEO, QVC, U.S. “Each year, we unite with OCRF to help them gain greater support for their important research and expand access to their innovative patient support program, Woman to Woman. Working on this initiative with OCRF aligns with our charitable mission to support the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships.”
For children at Super Saturday 17, there were rides, games and arts and crafts galore. New to Super Saturday, Stitched Fashion Camp gave kids the chance to tap into their inner designer. Parsons Professor/Fashion Designer Rob Younkers and Yahoo Fashion Editor-in-Chief and Executive Creative Officer Joe Zee worked with children sketching, designing and styling one-of-a-kind t-shirts embellished with custom-made designs from Swarovski.
KDHamptons correspondent [and founder of www.CelebrityEverything.com] Lisa Chase chatted with Kelly Ripa at the event for this NEW Fashion Diary: “I lost a very close childhood friend – I still remember her as a young girl,” Ripa recalled, while describing why she hosts the event and is so passionate about it. “She passed away at only 30 years old, so she never had a chance to get married, have kids or do things in her live that all women should live long enough to do. That’s why I’m here – I’m honoring her and searching for a cure. I don’t want any of our family members to have to die from ovarian cancer.”
KDHamptons: Kelly, Super Saturday is all about raising funds for ovarian cancer AND shopping – what does your husband Mark [Consuelos] like best on you?
Kelly Ripa: He likes anything that gets me out of the house quickly. He’ll tell me I look beautiful before he even opens the door. He’s formulating, “You look amazing” and the door wasn’t even open! He prepares it so I feel confident getting out the door.
KDHamptons: With your busy schedule, how do you stay connected with Mark?
Kelly Ripa: We reconnect every night – even if he’s shooting all night. We’ll connect and ask about our days and the kids. We have lots of date nights, but we always check in with each other.
KDHamptons: What do you like to do with your kids now that they are getting older?
Kelly Ripa: The boys are such homebodies, but my daughter is such a social butterfly. Right now my daughter is at sleep away camp – I never went, and the boys never went, so to see her leave kind of us cripples us.
KDHamptons: How are you dealing with the adjustment?
Kelly Ripa: My kids are only with me 18 years before they go off to college – so I’m selfish – I want them with me all 18 years. But I understand she doesn’t have sisters and she likes that girl time and I get it.
KDHamptons: What kind of exercise routine are you doing these days?
Kelly Ripa: I do AKT – Anna Kaiser Technique – I work out with her a few times a week and I do Soul Cycle and sometimes I run with my son around the track.
KDHamptons: You’re very into fitness – how do you deal with people who say you are too skinny?
Kelly Ripa: I am fascinated by people who attach a numerical weight to me – it’s always underestimated by like 50 pounds – it’s significant! I sort of get the mentality behind it, but those criticizing me, I don’t care. I am a healthy person, I’m fit, and I exercise every day. You would be hard pressed to find a doctor to say I’m not physically fit. So I don’t focus on that – it says more about that person than me. If someone is critiquing my appearance, they are probably feeling not so great about themselves. I get it though; at one point I didn’t exercise, but I feel better about myself when I do.
KDHamptons: What are your favorite restaurants in the Hamptons?
Kelly Ripa: We go to the Bell and Anchor so much, we feel like it’s an extension of our house. I was there last night!
KDHamptons: What about summer drinks – where do you like to have them the most?
Kelly Ripa: My husband makes the best margaritas – so my backyard, drinking my husband’s margarita.
KDHamptons: Your face looks so fresh and pretty – share any tips on what are you doing?
Kelly Ripa: A little Botox – it makes you feel insane when you’re wondering, ‘Why am I the only one with crow’s feet?’ No one says it’s Botox – they say it’s ‘genetics.’ And wow, everyone has such good genetics (laughs)! Oh, and there’s a great Maybelline stick that is a moisturizer and concealer in one.