It's a sad beginning to Fashion Week with the news that Alexander McQueen has passed away. What a loss.
When there's a blizzard in NYC and a black tie gala amfAR event that's been on the books for months, a simple mind might wonder whether anyone will show up for the event in the winter madness. Let me answer the question for you: when it's 1000 fashionistas scheduled to appear, they will not only show up, they will be dressed and ready to party.
I was blown away by the wall-to-wall full house of fashion's A-List last night at amfAR's New York Gala. I can't even list names, but just picture every designer and model and star and they were all there on the eve of Fashion Week to pay tribute to Sir Elton John and Natasha Richardson.
For Sir Elton, Lady Gaga appeared on top of a white piano wearing a white bikini covered in something resembling melted pearls, captivating the room with some performance art and an original VivaGlam song. The jaded crowd was into it. She is something.
The tribute to Natasha was stunning. Mathilde Krim began it, and brought out Natasha's mom Vanessa Redgrave, who was the most beautiful woman in the room. It was a captivating tribute to her daughter, and a very public display of her great love and admiration for Natasha. At the end of her speech, Redgrave brought out Meryl Streep, who had the guts to follow Gaga's song with one of her own. She sang a traditional Irish song called "Good Night and Joy Be With You All," about remembering a friend, and being there to raise a glass when she wasn't. It was raw, a capella, and from the heart.
There was not one dry eye in the house and a thunderous ovation followed for Streep, Redgrave, and for Natasha. It was an emotional tribute befitting an amazing woman.
Here's a picture I took of Vanessa Redgrave with John Benjamin Hickey at our table. Redgrave is a stunner!
Everyone seemed to congregate at the Boom Boom Room after the affair, and the blizzard seemed like yesterday's news. Today it's sunny and great, and Fashion Week begins.
See you tonight at Midnight with Jackie Collins and New Jersey Housewife Teresa! (Kim missed her plane.)