Nicole Miller, iconic American designer and longtime Hamptons resident, shares her entertaining tips for the summer including her must-have in-home essentials, her favorite East End restaurants, and what she is most looking forward to this upcoming season.
What are you most looking forward to this summer in the Hamptons?
I love water sports especially waterskiing and wake boarding during the summer and am really looking forward to my first day in the water.
Which summer entertaining traditions are your most favorite?
I love hosting lunches with friends and family at home. I do all of my own cooking if I have less than 20 people over. The best part is trying out new recipes and experimenting with food.
Name three tips for entertaining guests in the summer.
- Stock up on a lot of rosé because it always goes with everything.
- Bite sized hors d’oeuvres are key. No one likes big, messy hors d’oeuvres especially in the summer.
- Serve seafood! It is guaranteed to be fresh. Try to purchase everything else you need for your meals at your local farmers market.
Which are your three favorite restaurants in the Hamptons and why?
Sunset Beach on Shelter Island is fantastic and I go there for lunch and dinner frequently over the summer. Dopo La Spiaggia in Sag Harbor is a great spot with a nice outdoor terrace and a view of the bay. I love their pasta. Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor is another favorite of mine. It’s a great spot to have lunch and overlook the water.
Describe your perfect summer’s evening.
Getting together for a lovely dinner with good friends!
What is the perfect way to welcome guests to your home this upcoming season?
I always like to have something on my table that guests can take home with them. My napkin rings have been used as bracelets before. I’ve had baby cactus at each guest’s setting for them to leave with. And, after one dinner party, my guests all took sarongs home that were used as the table cloth.
Known for her signature graphic prints and innovative silhouettes, Nicole Miller is an iconic American designer with a modern, ageless aesthetic. With a degree in fine arts from The Rhode Island School of Design and a degree from l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, Nicole Miller combines her art training with couture technique. Since launching in 1982, the Nicole Miller brand has grown greatly and is now comprised of the Collection and Artelier as well as numerous other categories including but not limited to footwear, jewelry, handbags, activewear, outerwear, swimwear, sleepwear, kidswear, menswear, home, kitchen and bath. Nicole Miller’s creations have garnered a loyal following of celebrity fans including Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Kelsea Ballerini, Perrey Reeves, Cheryl Hines, and Jackie Cruz, amongst others. Nicole is a CFDA board member, and has been the recipient of numerous industry awards such as the Legend of Fashion Award (2006), Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), and the Visionary Woman Award (2014).