“It’s not like a lesbian movie—it’s a fun movie.” In retrospect, this conversation, overheard by The Observer Thursday night at The Hole gallery, may not have actually been in reference to “Intense,” the film collaboration for DKNY’s “Be Delicious Intense” fragrance championed by Beatrice Dupine, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky and Enrique Badulescu, but, frankly, we will never really know.
The somewhat spasmodic images of a beautiful blonde, mouth occasionally agape, biting (kind of necessarily, given the advertised scent) into a large green apple, that were projected onto nearly every surface of the gallery were certainly to blame for any potential confusion here. Words like “tense,” “bite” and “intuition” also kissed the walls. The rooms were packed full of surprisingly bad-smelling people, including Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Fern Mallis (though The Observer knows they smelled just fine), and most stared, if not at their phones, then at something else besides the images blinking around them. This further confounded the nature of the event and the film at its center.
The Observer put down our book last Saturday and ventured out to Gardiner Farm for the eighth annual Authors Night at the East Hampton Library. By the time we arrived, a plethora of library patrons—evidently undeterred by the cloudy skies—swarmed the tent in hopes of chatting up their favorite writers.
Hosted by library benefactors Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith, the reception boasted a guest list of more than 100 authors—everyone from the former Real Housewife of New York Kelly Killoren Bensimon, author of the “supermodel diet” book I Can Make You Hot, to the esteemed Lyndon Johnson biographer Robert Caro. Literary aficionados of all breeds meandered between tables with plastic cups of wine, accumulating stacks of personally inscribed hardcovers.
Sitting beside a large pile of copies of his second autobiography, Dick Cavett appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the attention of a throng of admirers and photographers. As we approached, he spontaneously grabbed both sides of our head and pulled us in for a dramatic kiss on the cheek. “I just wanted to give the photographer a thrill,” he whispered, a gleam in his eye.
Late last year, a man named Aidan Vola, a plumber by trade, decided to launch a society magazine called New York Hamptonite. Using $118,000 of his own savings, he assembled a sales team and rented a small office in Bridgehampton. At 3 a.m. on May 22, 2009, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, his distributor Read More
On Saturday, March 7, a beaded vintage evening jacket belonging to Real Housewives of New York cast-member Alex McCord will be auctioned off at the Tribeca Spring Preview Housing Works sale.
“It’s a kind of bolero jacket with beads all over it,” Ms. McCord told the Daily Transom about the jacket that she bought at Read More
Wednesday night, at the second season premiere of the Real Housewives of New York City at Gilt at the Palace Hotel, Housewife Alex McCord insisted that her feud with co-star Jill Zarin was over. "Jill and I are fine," said Ms. McCord. The new season’s preview shows her and Ms. Zarin entangled in a bitter Read More
We learned that Michael Bloomberg and Vera Wang are intimidating enough without costumes.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon is not a housewife, she just plays one on TV.
We went underground with some models at the opening of the Plaza’s new mall.
Susan Sarandon voiced her fears about the impending Read More
It seems that Kelly Killoren Bensimon, the newest addition to Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City cast (the second season, which is now filming, will air sometime in 2009), is at once the most and least qualified woman to be on the show. A longtime fixture on the Manhattan and Hamptons social scenes, the Read More
Lindsay Lohan turned down an offer of $700,000 to do an eight-page spread in Playboy‘s 55th anniversary issue. [P6]
Comedian and host Russell Brand isn’t giving details on Britney Spears’s plans for opening the 25th MTV VIdeo Music Awards, saying only that she will not be "serving canapés or doing a bizarre haircut on Read More
In addition to picking up Sarah Jessica Parker’s American Artist, Bravo has also reportedly signed on a U.K. import called Fashion House to fill the void left by Project Runway. Fashion House will have contestants living in one house and working together to create an entire fashion line. [EW]
Meanwhile, Eli Read More
The recent Louis Vuitton party celebrating the final day of Richard Prince’s exhibition at the Guggenheim was, by all accounts, well-attended. Arguably, one of the main draws was the opportunity to pre-order those spring collection bags Mr. Prince designed with the French impedimenta-maker. Denise Rich, Helen Schifter and Lizzie Tisch were reportedly among the guests Read More