Zac Posen Masquerade Ball

November 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I was reading a Daily Candy email a couple months ago and it mentioned an upcoming charity ball put on by the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center. They were honoring the amazing designer Zac Posen. Zac designs for ALL the celebrities these days – dresses, bags, shoes – you name it! His show at fashion week was THE one to get into. He’s also super young – only 28 years old!

Anyway, I decided to cover the story for Better TV. I asked Liz to come along as my assistant because 1) I knew it’d be more fun with her there and 2) Sometimes when you’re stuck on a red carpet, you need people to do things for you. She agreed.

I found out a few weeks before the event that Uma Thurman would be giving out the award to Zac at the event. Bonus! Always good when you cover an event to have an A list celebrity in attendance.

The event was held in the Time Warner Center’s Allen Room. If you ever have the opportunity to attend an event there, do it, no matter what the event. You won’t be sorry. The glass walled room looked out over Columbus Circle and the park. Dazzling at night. My photos are a little blurry due to the low light, but you can get an idea.

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There were three levels and each level had its own bar and food station.

And at the top level you had your silent auction items. From trips to luxury Vegas hotel The Wynn to designer bags made by Zac Posen, there was a mouthwatering array of goods up for grabs. Sadly we are too poor to do any grabbing!

I really liked this dress, though.

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After wandering around a bit, it was time to go back out to the red carpet and wait for the celebs to arrive. The thing you need to know about celebs and the red carpet is the lesser celeb you are, the earlier you arrive. Not sure how the powers that be work it, but it’s true everytime. That meant Uma would come last. But she couldn’t come too late, we assured ourselves. After all, she was giving the presentation. And the presentation was set for 9:30.

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This woman is an actress on Law and Order. I don’t watch the show and I’m too lazy to look up her name now. Anyone?

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I was more excited about the Gossip Girls, to tell you the truth! Nicole Fiscella, who plays Isabel Coates, and Amanda Setton, who plays Penelope. We LOVED both their outfits and they were really friendly and fun to interview. Now I’ve met four of the actors on the show. Just gotta get Blake Lively someday!!

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And Amanda’s shoes were beyond awesome.

We also interviewed two Olympians – who won silver medals for fencing. I think Liz had a crush on the dark haired one.

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Next came Zac Posen himself. Sans Uma. He was adorable though. And super friendly. Wearing a coat of ermine and a mask he made himself. He talked about dressing Uma – a goddess of our time.

Now we just had to wait for Uma. So we waited. And waited. They brought dessert out. Liz snagged us some candy apples.

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We began to get bored. Standing on the red carpet for three hours will do that to you. So we took some masked photos while we waited.

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Then we were told that Uma was too nervous to come out on the red carpet before her speech (huh?!) and that she’d come out for photos AFTER her presentation. Meaning we had to wait LONGER. Grr. Doesn’t she know I want to go home and to bed? Halloween is tomorrow and I want to be well rested!

So she gives her speech and presents Zac with his award.

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And then, after another wait, she finally comes out on the red carpet. I think Liz took some video with her camera – so hopefully she’ll post that soon. But to recap it was about five seconds of prancing around with Zac – no talking to the media – and then running off the carpet yelling peace and love. Three hour wait for THAT!

Bleh. The world of celebrity is just so ridiculous. It’s like a power play. She was sitting around at 9pm, but knew the photographers would wait all night if they had to, so she decided not to make an appearance. Just so disrespectful to them and their time. And then to not even talk to us after making us wait so long…well, I can’t say I am going to look at her in the movies the same way again.

I do want to point out that none of this is the fault of the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center. They put on a great party and everyone seemed to have a good time. Their publicist, Kate, was really helpful and good at keeping us up to date. I felt a little bad for her with the Uma thing. After all, she was just the messenger.

Anyway, that’s about it. Overall a fun night.

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And here’s the video of the final product, as aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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As the World Turns

November 12, 2008 at 8:17 pm (better tv) (, , , , , )

A few weeks ago, bright and early my photographer and I hopped into a car service (since no taxi driver in his right mind would take us) and headed deep into the bowels of Brooklyn to film a segment on the CBS soap opera AS THE WORLD TURNS.

We met up with Terri Colombino who plays Katie Peretti on the show and had her give us a backstage tour. They have two stages they film on – each filled sets of different rooms, restaurants, and shops. Each had three walls that looked just like a living room or kitchen or coffee shop – with a fourth open wall to film through. It was kind of like walking through a furniture store. I don’t know why–I’m usually pretty jaded!–but it struck me as immensely cool. Like a little world existing on a soundstage. They had a huge wardrobe room, filled with outfits – including wedding dresses, of course! (Terri’s character has been married six times during her ten years on the show – though only to five guys, she pointed out, since one lucky man got to walk down the aisle with her twice.) I especially loved the prop room – where each character had a basket filled with personal items. Terri rummaged through hers and found her alter-ego’s fertility pills from when she’d been trying to get pregnant.

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It was especially cool to tour As the World Turns in particular because my step-grandmother has worked on the show for the last thirty something years. She plays Kim Hughes, a member of one of the original families on the show. Unfortunately she wasn’t filming the day we were there – it would have been so thrilling to see her at work! But I’m glad at least I had a chance to check out where she spends her days.

All in all, I found it a fascinating experience – to see how a soap opera works behind the scenes. I’d love to someday write for one. I think that would be the best job ever.

Here’s the segment, as it aired on Better TV.

Marianne

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Crazy Blind Date

November 3, 2008 at 8:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Better TV had a week of dating stories and I was originally assigned a “Cupid Cabbie” story – about a cab driver in Brooklyn who hooks his passengers up. Pretty cute, though not really that useful for the general public. So I found something better – CrazyBlindDate.com. Just as its name implies, you get set up on a blind date…by a computer! I swear it’s not as “crazy” as you might think. Take a look!

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Books for Boys

November 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

With all of life’s high tech distractions, it’s sometimes hard to get a boy to just pick up a book. So we headed over to Scholastic to find out their recommendations on books boys will actually enjoy reading. Here’s what they suggested!

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