Bravotv.com: What does being a ball and gala girl include (besides "prom on crack")?
Katie Rost: I became a ball and gala girl at 11-years-old when my mom took me to Neiman Marcus to get my first REAL ball gown. I was already 5'7" and gone was the juniors section for Katie. I remember standing on a raised platform surrounded by mirrors, a tailor fitting the gown - fussing over me. I was hooked for life! Taking off my plaid school uniform and slipping into something fabulous was transformative for me.
From that day onward, I was often my mother's date during ball and gala season. I was wild for the over-the-top lavishly themed affairs, the sensual ambiance created by the food and music. A truly exceptional ball/gala environment takes you to a world that is not the same as the one you left before you walked in.
The impact of these events goes beyond the sensual beauty. They raise millions and millions for the arts, youth, health and various causes and institutions. It's...kind of a big deal.
My favorites are very special for me and something I anticipate all year because they support the arts. At the Phillips Collection Gala, lavish flower arrangements drape the tables set throughout the museum and art is within reach as you dine while proceeds benefit local education programs for children. The last Wolf Trap Ball was a partnership with the Italian Embassy, taking us all into appreciation of the best of Italian culture while raising over a million dollars for arts education and community programs. I love Balls and Galas...
Bravotv.com: Tell us about your relationship with Andrew. How did you meet and what did you think of his answer to your marriage question at dinner: “slow and steady wins the race?”
KR: My mom actually introduced me to Andrew and very much encouraged our relationship - she even gave him my number. They belong to the same golf club in Potomac and my mom had probably vetted Andrew as having husband potential. He's single, Jewish, good looking, comes from good family and is a very elegant man. His only bad qualities are being golf obsessed (kind of annoying) and being like escape artist Houdini when marriage is brought up (super annoying).
I don't understand why Andrew thinks slow and steady wins the race. I'll be 80 if I don't keep the pressure on him. Andrew has been very slow and steady for all the years he was waiting for me to show up in his life. Now I'm here and he should grab it and lock it down. When you want something, take possession before someone else does in my opinion.
KR: It's hard to be a hostess! Even for the best hostess in Potomac: Mrs. Charrisse Jackson Jordan.
Hopefully from now on when Gizelle offers to "help" an auto correct will come to mind to interpret it like so: Gizelle says "help" (updated meaning: Gizelle is going to come to your house snoop through your drawers, try get the inside gossip out of the housekeeper and suggest your hair is looking kinda beat). Not the best help for a hostess welcoming guests, but I admit Gizelle amused the hell out of me with her trouble-making self.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about birthday-etiquette confrontation between Gizelle and Karen?
KR: Karen soooooo reminded me of my mom in the way she addressed the etiquette situation with Gizelle. Karen is always elegant when chastising. And she is so serious about making etiquette faux pas KNOWN. I'm assuming the ettiquette list ended up in the trash and Gizelle just saved the mirrored frame which probably now holds a fabulous picture of...who else...Gizelle.