Upon entering the Water Mill home of Amy Treitel, financial manager, cabaret singer and host for the evening, guests were greeted by a white American Saddlebred horse. Beside it, models outfitted by Garner—a favorite of Esperanza Spalding and Suzy Amis Cameron. The bubbles were supplied by Dom Perignon with Trent Fraser, the brand’s vice president and close friend of Garner, on the scene. When he discovered that his dear friend Garner was holding a fashion show, the evening became what he called a “family project.”
Toby Boshak, Jeff Garner, and Trent Fraser
The Foundation supports talented up and comers in theater, dance and film by awarding individuals with scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. “Jeff is an emerging artist himself,” said the foundation’s executive director, Toby Boshak. “He was inspired by both Grace Kelly and Princess Grace,” and duly, his all-dress collection reflected both icons’ personas. Garner’s goal, he said, was to impart the “soft and feminine” aspects “exuded by the Princess.” The ecologically-driven designer works solely with sustainable and recycled vintage fabrics. Garner also grows plants for his own dyes, giving his creations a characteristic shimmer: Several of the frocks were a lustrous marigold hue, apropos of the princess’ favorite color, yellow.