CELEBS AND FASHION RULE IN BRYANT PARK!

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At Pamella Roland's Show during Fashion Week in NY with NY Housewives LuAnn de Lesseps (the Countess) and Kelly Bensimon.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NY was sooooo incredibly exciting!  It seemed like everyone in the world was there!  We went to preview the Pamella Roland show but we also got an invitation from Alex McCord, a Real Housewife of New York, to attend Walter Baker's show at Style 360.  He is a dear friend of hers and we were in the front row with lots of paparazzi!  It was a blast!  Even Chuck had a great time!  His fashions were chic, youthful and oh-so stylish!  The first model on the runway was Somalian supermodel Ubah Hassan.  She also appeared in the Oscar de la Renta show and was featured in the first all-black issue of Italian Vogue shot by Steven Meisel.   She was one of the best looking (and sweetest) models we saw all week! From the Walter Baker show, we went to Bryant Park to wait for the Pamella Roland show to begin at 1 PM.  While we waited, we saw Carine Roitfeld (Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue) and Ken Downing (Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus) along with LOTS of very well-dressed fashionistas and zillions of photogs rushing through the tents.  These shows are everything you've heard about and more and I was so thrilled to be there!

As we lined up for Pamella's show, there were throngs of people going to the line marked "Standing Room Only."  We felt very grateful to have our tickets in hand.  We had to wait while the photographers all got their pre-event photos and then we were allowed in.  I've never seen so much press in my life!  It was surreal.....Everywhere you looked, there was a celebrity!  Lisa Rinna was there in a hot, short red dress with a great haircut.  Nicky Hilton was there but didn't want to sit next to anyone who wasn't famous so there was a bit of juggling in the front row until Abby Manning (Eli Manning's wife) agreed to sit next to her.  Nigel Barker, famous photographer on America's Next Top Model, was there looking very handsome and very TALL!  We also saw J. Alexander who is the quirky runway coach on America's Next Top Model.  And it seems like everywhere I go, I run into one or more of the NY Housewives!  (Maybe this is a good omen for me!)  Seated across from us were Bethany Frankel, the Countess (LuAnn de Lesseps) and Kelly Bensimon.  The first thing I noticed was how tallllllll they all were too!  (As you can see from the photo, I look like I'm standing in a hole next to them....)

Then the lights went out and Pamella's show began.  I have one word for the fashions -WOW!!   It seemed like every look brought the crowd to their feet--it was beyond thrilling!  From daytime to evening, there was some sense of drama in every outfit and I wanted them ALL!  At the end of the show Pamella brought her darling children up on stage for the runway walk....it was magic time!

The rest of the week in NY wasn't too shabby either!  We went to the Waverly Inn for dinner (Graydon Carter's charming SoHo restaurant) and Elle MacPherson was there...at Cipriani Downtown, Lebron James (the massive forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers) was there and at Maria Pinto's dramatic installation in the Meat Packing District they were waiting for Gayle King to arrive.  Katie Couric had given Maria a great plug on CBS so everyone was very happy!  What a wonderful time in the city that never sleeps!

We were so thrilled to see Pamella's 2010 Spring Show AND the BEST part is you can see this same show on Friday, Sept, 25th at the Joffrey's "Couture & Cocktails" event at the Palmer House!  If you haven't bought a ticket yet, there is still time!  Tickets start at $250 and include the fashion show, live and silent auctions, after- party with world famous DJ Donna D'Cruz (who just played at Diddy's party in St. Tropez) and LOTS of fun food!  The VIP ticket is $500 and includes the celeb filled pre-party!  Guiliana and Bill Rancic will be there along with many others.  Call 312-386-8921 for tickets and I hope to see you all there!!!  (For more in-depth coverage and extra pics, check out CandidCandace.com on Monday)

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Nicky Hilton at the Pamella Roland Show.

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Lisa Rinna entering Pamella's show...

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With supermodel Ubah Hassan from the Walter Baker show.

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Posing for the paparazzi with NY Housewife Alex McCord at Walter Baker's show.

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With America's Next Top Model judge/photographer Nigel Barker.

DSC07837.JPG   America's Next Top Model judge/runway coach J. Alexander.

 

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Christopher Straub (Project Runway star) with NY Housewife Alex McCord at Walter Baker's show.

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Bank of photogs at Pamella Roland's show.

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Finale of Walter Baker's show with the models blowing bubbles.

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Ubah Hassan on the runway for Walter Baker.

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Having fun at the Pamella Roland show with Chuck, Helen Melchior and the Executive Director of the Joffrey Ballet, Christopher Conway.

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Sneak peek of the Pamella Roland show...come to the Joffrey's Couture & Cocktails on Friday, Sept. 25th to see the WHOLE SHOW! :-)

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Pamella Roland with her darling children on the runway. (Daughters Sydney and Cassandra are in all of her ad campaigns that are running now.)

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We attended the after-party on Seaquest, Pamella's 164 foot yacht. Life is good!

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Yachting is my life.....I wish!

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Designer Maria Pinto during her dramatic installation in the Meat Packing District.

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