My head is about to explode. I just met way too many Bravo celebrities for my system to handle.
Tonight, as we speak, Bravo is holding a party just down the street at the Roosevelt Hotel for its various stars and luminaries. The event has been billed as both an “Upfronts presentation” and a season finale bash for Top Chef. Whatever it was, there were many Bravo faces there, and when I got the invite to cover the red carpet, I was only too happy to sign up. This was actually quite momentous for me as I’d never done a red carpet before. I tell people that I like to be IN the party, not behind the press lines, but let’s be honest: the real reason I’d never done a red carpet is that I’m often too lazy to go fight may way past other bloggers and reporters (and then later transcribe whatever drivel I’ve captured on film).
Still, even though I’m generally loathe to go to cover a red carpet, there were just too many Housewives and Top Chef stars to ignore. Plus, this was all going on just feet from my pad. How could I say no? And so with my handy camera, I headed to the event and took many pictures and videos. The videos probably won’t go up until tomorrow. But for now, we have plenty of pics…
The red, er, blue carpet prior to celebrity arrivals.
My charming press pass.
Press Corps by Bravo.
The first stars arrive. In the foreground: Josh from Million Dollar Listing. Behind him is Curtis Stone of Top Chef Masters, and behind him is — gasp — PADMA!
The guys from MDL. Josh Altman was very well dressed. Like a good Jewish boy.
That sudden influx of blondeness is exactly what you think it is: the arrival of The Real Housewives of Orange County. The real messy coif belongs to Peggy. She looked like she had backed her hair into an industrial fan.
No offense, MDL fans, but I hate the show. I didn’t bother chatting with the guys.
The OC ladies. And am I right about Peggy’s hair?
Vicki wore perhaps the most unflattering dress she could have chosen. I could see her boob scars from ten feet away. Literally. (Also note Kara DioGuardia in the background, not to mention the curly ‘fro of Elia from Top Chef.)
Not a good look.
A better angle of Kara. I sadly didn’t get to talk to her because the reporter next to me kept poaching everyone who I tried to chat with. Bitch.
Zomg. Padma. And yes, she is STUNNING in person. STUNNING. Did I emphasize that enough? STUNNING.
The good news is that I got to talk to Padma (video to come). The bad news is that while I was chatting with her, the OC Housewives snuck by. I think I got the better end of the deal.
Gretchen and Alexis. I really wanted to ask Alexis about Jesus, but somehow these girls also snuck by me. In the background are a few Top Chefs — Antonia, Elia, Fabio, Marcel, and Jamie. I spoke with Antonia and Fabio extensively. Jamie meanwhile was stuck on the carpet with no one to chat with. She had to check her text messages so she didn’t look totally unwanted.
The entire cast of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills were the final group to show up. They were also the most sought-after. Note the presence of Giggy.
Brad Goreski cheeses out with the press. The woman next to me didn’t know who he was. “HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW BRAD?” I exclaimed. Normally, I would feel bad about calling out another red carpet warrior, but considering that she had just said to Brad, “I’m sorry, which show are you from?” I felt it was okay to “put her on blast,” as they say.
Patti Stanger. She looks bored, but she was actually very engaging.
Lisa VanderPump and Giggy. Need I say more? NEED I SAY MORE?
Taylor and Camille. I didn’t get to chat with Camille (my camera died shortly after this photo), but I did manage to ask Taylor a VERY important question. The video shall be posted soon…
Adrienne Maloof. I was going to ask her if Paul had broken his nose recently, but my camera was dying, and I wanted to talk to Camille. Sadly, my gamble lost. Damn you, battery!
So those were the photos. Videos to come…