Last night I hosted Unicef's Snowflake Ball at Cipriani, which was black tie with a lot of ladies in white glittery snowflakey gowns. I was wondering whether to wear a white tux jacket and posted this query on Facebook yesterday -- everyone said to go with the white, but an old friend remembered that the waiters at Cipriani wear white jackets, so in white I ran the risk of looking like a server. Not that there's anything wrong with the servers, but you get the idea. I wore black. I also found out through those posts that white tux jackets are indeed only worn in tropical climates or are otherwise strictly for summer. And that explains why Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter looked at me sideways at his Oscar party last year when I wore a white jacket. You live and learn, people.
So the event was lovely, with food by Geoffrey Zackarian and Marcus Samuelsson and decor by Vern Yip. The crowd was incredibly fancypants-ed -- lots of big business execs plus a bunch of stars thrown in for fun, like Uma Thurman, Adrien Brody, Kevin Jonas, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mark Ruffalo, Gayle King, and a bunch more that I'm forgetting.
The table right in front of the stage where I spoke was Jeff Zucker, Matt Lauer, Bryant Gumbel, and Brian Williams. So that wasn't intimidating at all. They auctioned off two tickets to Watch What Happens: Live, and thankfully I was spared humiliation -- they went for 30,000 dollars! I was pacing backstage when that item came up for bids.
All in all the evening raised more than 600K and that all goes to UNICEF, which helps vulnerable kids in over 150 countries. And there's nothing wrong with that!
Tonight on Bravo is a brand-new Work of Art and Top Chef. And there's nothing wrong with that either!
I'm going to leave you with more from Kristen Johnston and Brad Goreski from our After Show. They were HILARIOUS!!!