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HSN launches The Help-Inspired Collections w/ Lela Rose, RJ Graziano & Cynthia Rowley

One of my favorite books and the summer movie I’m most looking forward to is Katheryn Stocket’s The Help, a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. In fact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Chastain who plays Celia Foote on a recent red carpet appearance and I asked her about working on this movie. Well, thanks to HSN and three leading designers – Lela Rose, RJ Graziano and Cynthia Rowley – we will soon have access to clothing and accessories influenced by the film’s sixties theme. Inspired by the movie’s charming southern flare, HSN is launching retro accessories with all three designers including floral patterned flats, jeweled brooches, feminine pearls and patent leather purses that will all be available in August.

RJ Graziano updates the classic pearl necklace and earrings with a chic modern twist


Cynthia Rowley created standout accessories like the “Helena” Patent Leather Flap Bag and duo stacked Resin Bangle Bracelet Set featured below that are sure to delight any woman

Lela Rose created a line of floral skirts, a-line dresses, fur shrugs and long evening coats that enliven’s the femininity of the 60’s Southern woman’s ladylike demeanor.

You can shop the collection online August 1st and see all the products available on-air August 5th – 6th. The Help hits theaters August 10th. 

New York Moves Magazine Summer 2011 Red Carpet Cover Party

New York Moves Magazine cerebrated their Summer 2011 issue with a Red Carpet party hosted by cover models, Kevin Bacon and The Tree of Life and The Help’s Jessica Chastain.

Held at Brasserie Beaumarchais (and despite the inclement weather), New York Moves red carpet arrivals were continuous until the weather became too much to stay outside. And though it did start raining when Kevin Bacon arrived, he still stayed outside to do red carpet photos. Besides having a greying beard, Kevin Bacon is encased in boyish looks. If it wasn’t for his facial hair, he’d sure be giving Johnny Depp some competition in the “Dorian Grey?” category. See below for red carpet photos of him and New York Moves Publisher, Moonah Ellison.


The person I was really forward to interviewing was Jessica Chastain, the lovely redhead who can be seen in The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt as his wife, Mrs. O’Brien.

Although she is enjoying the success of The Tree of Life, I wanted to ask her about her upcoming movie (and fantastic book – a must read and a favorite of mine), The Help. In The Help, Ms. Chastain plays Celia Foote, a very lonely and vunerable newlywed. See my interview below

Other notable attendees included Frank Grillo from A&E’s Breakout Kings

Ed Cotton from Top Chef DC (Season 7)

HGTV’s Brian Balthazar

NBC & LX-TV’s Open House Presents George to the Rescue’s George Oliphant