BARBIE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

As many of you may be (yes, some guys too), I’m a Barbie Girl! And this year Barbie celebrated her 50th Birthday and I was very lucky to be able to celebrate with her at Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Show. Most of the shows at the tents were not as full as expected but when it go to the Barbie Show, that was not the case. The invitation said to bring your Barbie girl, so I brought Estephanie with me (you remember her from the Puma post) as my guest. Thank goodness for guests because the Barbie Show started at 3 pm and I had a show at 2 pm. While I was at the 2 pm show, I had Estephanie stand in line to check in because I knew it was going to be a madhouse and boy was I right, it was completely packed. By the time I left the 2 pm show (which ended at 3 pm), the line was wrapped around the tents about three times but as I said Estephanie was already in line and thankfully at the front. We checked in and low and behold, we had seats…YAY! So in we went! Estephanie basically bogarted my camera and went hunting for celebrities (which is great because she got some great shots – the first of her and her friend is the only one I personally took at this show)

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Anyway, we all (young and old, male and female) turned into quivering 8-year-old girls when the show started. It definitely brought me back to my childhood and seeing those fabulous designs from the following designers all in one place….heaven. Only Barbie could do this. Here’s the list of designers that created a look for Barbie:

Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Brian Reyes, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Chris Benz, Costello Tagliapietra, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, House of Field, Jeremy Scott, Juicy Couture, Kai Kuhne, Kenneth Cole, Koi Suwannagate, Lyn Devon, Marchesa
Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali, Peter Som, Rachel Roy, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Taylor, Reem Acra, Robert Best, Rosa Cha, The Blonds, Three As Four, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Trina Turk, Tuleh, Twinkle, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam, Yeohlee, and Yigal Azrouel.

I confess that I screamed like a little girl when the Bob Mackie look came out. It was just so WOW!!! On a separate note, the music was awesome. Many people were chair dancing along to it. After the show, I found out that I know the person who did the music, his name is Wilson aka DJ Mr. Wilson, he does soundtracks for some of the biggest shows (such as Jason Wu, J Mendel, Nicole Miller, Derek Lam, etc) and is a total sweetheart. He is the best friend of my friend William and the funny thing is we all hung out later the same night of this show.

Instead of taking photos of the looks, I decided to take video of the entire show. At some points I try to get the name of the designer as their look is coming down the runway but I didn’t get some of the names because of lighting and where I was sitting but I still got some great footage. It was a beautiful show and I was so happy to get to see it.

If you haven’t noticed (check out the first photo), we all got vintage Barbies to take home…YAY!! Mine is still in its box and will never be removed. I want to make sure it’s properly preserved. I mean, it is a classic, it is BARBIE!! What did you think of Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Show?

Susan G Komen Event – It is Breast Cancer Month

Before I start, I must say congrats to my good friend Indashio for winning VH1’s Glam God with Vivica A Fox. You go baby and don’t let the negative people spoil your love of your job.

Back to the event. As October is Breast Cancer Month, you know there are Breast Cancer Events going on. I attended one hosted by the Cosmedical Spa, Smooth Synergy. It was originally supposed to be cruise around New York but because they got more RSVPs than expected, they moved the entire event to Mansion. An email was sent out the night before the event but some people got it the same day as the event (which is unfortunate – I will explain a bit later). Anyway, the event was being hosted by Christian Michael de Medici and sponsored by The Daily (Fashion Week Daily to the layman)

(yes, from THAT de Medici family), who has his own reality show called POPLIFE: The Adventures of a de Medici. At the event, they stated the show airs on MTV, I assumed MTV Europe. Anyway, as soon as you walk in, there are pap-type photogs waiting and you’re asked to post against this step and repeat

I of course followed direction, Angelique* on the other hand is not fond of taking pictures, so she passed. Afterwards, you check in with these two lovely ladies,

given a gift bag ticket as well as a drink ticket (this part surprised us as the invitation stated open bar but as said before, the change of venue notice said they expecting much more people than before, so I guess the open bar was now limited to one drink. I’m not that big a drinker (I usually stay at 2 drinks at an event) and Angelique* doesn’t drink alcohol (yes, really) except for one curious moment with a glass of Sangria (which she didn’t like) LOL. So of course, neither of us minded, it’s for a great cause and we were ready to battle to crowd for a good spot. We walk into the main hall of Mansion to the screens showcasing this (they will later show snippets from POPLIFE: The Adventures of a de Medici)

Unfortunately, the guests seem very scarce but it’s still early yet. We join Kim and her friend Allison, Marisol and her brother (all we’ve met before), so we sit and chit chat about the past events we attended, the future events we will attend, the lack of people at this event, the hors d’oeuvres, world news, etc, etc. Then Angelique* and I got our one drink (mine was pretty powerful, so I’m glad it’s only one). Several minutes later, Christian de Medici introduces himself and he begins the auction (did I forget that there is an auction……well, there is an auction, there I mentioned it. It is a charitable event after all).




Not everything up for auction was available to take photos, except the artwork (no the horn in the back is not a part of it)


which this gentleman and his wife purchase one (they are the owners of Smooth Synergy)

The other painting was purchased by this man

who also walked away with a fashion Week in Paris trip worth $45,000 for ONLY $3,000. YES, REALLY! The package included a roundtrip for two on a private jet, front row tickets to Paris fashion Week with Christian de Medici, of course hotel. $3,000, I’ll say it again $3,000. I almost past out. Oh god, I wish, I wish that was me. The whole event was like a sale (I think he bought something else too but I can’t remember).

Imagine a free hotel stay for ANY W Hotel in the world – how much would you expect that to cost and where would you go? It was valued at $10,000. The winning bid did not spend that much – at all.

There was also a botox and restylane packages worth thousand that went for like $300, a trip for two to Miami and Los Angeles that went for nothing. Kim, Angelique*, Marisol and I all turned a very deep shade of envy green that night. The reason for the rock bottom prices? As I stated before, guests were very scarce at this event. I think not everyone got the new location email that was sent out. So everything had to go to at least get some money for the organization. I’m just happy at least some money was made. I wish I had a lot of my own to bid (on the Paris trip) but not everyone is as lucky as others in this struggling economy..sigh……

Anyway, at about midnight or 1 am (who can remember), the club officially changed from charity event host location to full on club. The transition was made by them (guess I’d have to be a straight man to get the concept but whatever)

The last part of the evening is of course gift bag time, and here it is

*Some names have been changed to protect the permanently shy and those possibly under witness protection

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UPDATE: It seems the elusive “Christian Michael de Medici” has been caught, click here for news update: http://www.wfaa.com/news/Suspect-nabbed-in–82325612.html

The Bacardi Flavor Exchange

After the Siwy Jean Event, I wasn’t sure I wanted to attend the Bacardi event because The Shop was located way downtown on Orchard Street and the Bacardi event was at Body Restaurant & Lounge in Harlem, 135th & 12th Ave to be exact (for some reason, their website is not available yet). Not only was it way uptown but if you had to take the train, as I being vehicularly-challenged had to, you had to 1 train to 137th Street & City College, then walk down some very, very dark stairs on 136th Street to get to 12th Ave. I swear you need Vin Deisel’s eyes from Pitch Black to navigate those stairs, luckily my cell did a pretty good job of being a flashlight. I was meeting Zia* and Alexandra* at Body (my cousin went back home to get ready for a night out with a friend and her friends. They were supposed to meet me at the Bacardi event which didn’t happen – too long a story).
Zia*, Alexandra* and I arrived at Body around the same time. There was a line but it moved very quickly, we were inside in less than 10 minutes but not before signing a release for possibly being filmed. Anyway, as you enter, you are greeted with a full crowd and lots of Bacardi branded decor (of course)






Body has two floors, the first was themed after Brazil and the Bacardi flavor for this floor was Bacardi Limon

This introduced guests to Latin music all night (although it was really spanish hip hop and reggaeton – I was expecting at least a little Brazilian music but not so much). And althought we were expecting allLAtin music, the DJ spun a lot of regular hip hop – I was enjoying myself so I wasn’t complaining). The only Brazilian music we heard was when the Brazilian Carnival Dancers came out



They performed first as a group, then each danced individually and back as a group to pull guests on the dance floor to create a conga line (they performed twice while we were there).





At this point, more people started coming in, so many that I heard they stopped letting any more people in, which sucked because my friend, Michael, whose birthday it was today, was stuck on the line. I’m not shocked that it was so crowded though, I mean Bacardi open bar all night and hors d’oeurves (although I never got to see any upclose).

While the first floor was Brazil, the second was themed after Monte Carlo. The girls and I went upstairs for only mere seconds because it was way too crowded. There was gambling (I saw a Black Jack table) and the flavors for upstairs were Bacardi Razzberry and I think Bacardi Orange as well but as I said it was way too crowded and we never even made it to the middle of the room. The music was all hip hop though. Anyway, back downstairs we go and luckily we got some seats, so we put our bags down and danced a bit.

It was then that I saw a blast from the past in the form of a t-shirt, specifically a logo on a t-shirt.

As you can see in the above photo, this guy was wearing a Moshood t-shirt. Moshppd is an African designer that owns a boutique on Fulton Street in Brooklyn. I worked for him for two years while in college. I was introduced to this line as a model in one of his fashion shows – the casting line was always long and usually wrapped around the block. The day I went to pick up my payment for participating in the show ($200 cash and a garment), he offered me a job because the person who was working that day was alone and I was helping her. I started that very same day. Interesting times.

*Some names have been changed to protect the permanently shy and those possibly under witness protection