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Friday, October 15, 2010

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres


"We here at PAPER love the nightlife. (In case you hadn't noticed.) And we loved the nightlife whole lot last night at our Sixth Annual Nightlife Awards presented by Russian Standard Vodka, supported by Perrier and held at Good Units at the Hudson Hotel. Our annual awards, which the New York Times recently deemed 'the Oscars of the city's clubland,' were a rollicking good time, and featured a veritable hodgepodge of New York's most prominent nightlife personalities, designers, reality TV stars, musicians, and.... Pee-wee Herman!! Our October cover-boy, whose new Broadway show starts previews week, started the evening off with a hilarious set in which he told Carl Paladino 'I know you are but what am I' and name-checked the Boom Boom Room, Guest of a Guest and Michael Musto to the delight of the crowd. We overheard more than one attendee mutter in awe, "I cannot believe that Pee-wee is here." (Papermag)


"The soup on the menu right now is a Pumpkin Squash finished of with a dollop of crème fraiche. I had that along with my regular Barbara Bush (iced-tea and orange juice), and a steaming hot roll. I was going to sit there and take in the crowd like an innocent bystander but I was soon looking at one of the iPads that Michael’s now features for its guests while they wait for their guests. You can sit there and read the papers, or the NYSD (Michael’s has links to all) or visit Michael’s blog or the Santa Monica Michael’s. I took in the California stuff just to indulge my own memories. Over in the bay, a group of young women were having a book publication lunch (just like yesterday with Deb Shriver and her book on New Orleans). This one was for Hoda. You don’t know Hoda? I don’t even watch the Today Show and I know Hoda. I also know Hoda and Kathie Lee are the Fric and Frac of morning television (until it’s time for The View, which I’ve also never seen except for clips on the web). see Hoda herself fairly often at Michael’s. Kathie Lee too. Also Kathie Lee’s husband Frank Gifford, who often lunches there with our mutual friend Herb Siegel. I can imagine what Hoda’s like on TV because you can see it in the persona. A pistol they used to call girls like her. And a very nice woman. Her book is named after herself (you probably know all this already), plus: HODA; How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. As the group were leaving after lunch, Steve Millington, the GM of the place, came over and told me about the lunch, and asked if I wanted a picture. So he organized them just as they were all about to leave." (NYSocialDiary)



"'Am I boring you yet?' Paz de la Huerta cooed into the microphone, her inflection such that it could have been whispered in bed. She was reading an excerpt of the new Lydia Davis translation of Madame Bovary at last night's Playboy party at a makeshift tea room set up under the austere metal buttresses of the High Line. Much to her dismay, however, the din of the crowd had risen. 'Yes!' cried a few people standing nearby, perplexed as to why a reading would interrupt the usual routine of music, schmoozing and liquor. 'Well,' she sighed. 'I'll try to make it more interesting. Maybe I'll start stripping for you.' Coming from Paz, this was far from an empty threat. Star of the new HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire,' the stunning actress, model, and embodiment of sex was brought in to justify calling this sub-High Line gathering a "literary salon," and Flaubert's deflowering of the stodgy 19th-century novel goes well with Paz's proclivity to shed clothing. If you saw the pilot of HBO's Atlantic City nostalgia spectacle, you saw all of Paz de la Huerta." (Observer)



"Didn't the big New Yorkers for Children gala just happen? Yes, but that's a trick question, because the charity's events are one of the constants on the New York social scene. Case in point: last night's shopping party, co-hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo and W magazine. Socialites, as if separated by war (dating back to last month's gala) reunited for some retail therapy at Ferragamo's Fifth Avenue flagship. Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo hosted the affair, which included a presentation of Resort 2011. 'This gala has plenty of big dresses and celebrities, but behind it all are some amazing kids,' noted Chiara. 'Every time they sing, like at this year’s event, you almost want to cry from happiness.' Other co-hosts included Julie Macklowe, Karla Martinez, and Alina Cho who greeted guests like Annelise Peterson, Lisa Anastos, Tinsley Mortimer, and Selita Ebanks. 'I’ve been doing too much over the last few weeks,' sighed the model. 'It feels like we screened Kanye’s Runaway everywhere but New York. But it's coming next week! I feel I’m recreating my phoenix role with this Ferragamo armor.'” (Fashionweekdaily)

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