Thursday, October 23

Speaking of socialites: The worlds of these silly people both in real life and on television continue their mind-bending convergence. Kelly Rutherford, a.k.a. Lily Bass on Gossip Girl, joins actress Sarah Wynter, better half of slightly puffy Details editor in chief Dan Peres, for the Save Our Breast Friends fund-raiser—not for implants, you superficial twit, for cancer research! “Wouldn’t it be great if everyone did breast exams and had mammograms so that they could detect breast cancer early?” said Ms. Rutherford. Totally. Now tell us about Gossip Girl: “My favorite scenes are the scenes that I shoot with my children. My character can get caught up in herself, and may seem distant and far away from reality. When she’s with her children, she is not afraid to be herself and apologize when she’s wrong.” Now that’s good parenting!  Later: If the CFDA Awards are the Oscars of fashion, then Fashion Group International’s annual “Night of Stars” are the riotous and drunken Golden Globes! The Observer’s inimitable Simon Doonan defrosts a crowd that includes designers Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, who somehow got stuck receiving his award from an Olsen twin, Donatella Versace and Karl Lagerfeld; actresses Marcia Gay Harden and Kate Bosworth; that improbable fashion-world impresario Harvey Weinstein; and noted photographer-of-pectorals Bruce Weber. And speaking of awards and presenters, Academy Awards announcer and former radio DJ Randy Thomas and voice-over coach Peter Rofe, authors of Voice for Hire: Launch and Maintain a Lucrative Career in Voice-Overs, are conducting a workshop at the Drama Bookshop in midtown! “You could drop it down out of your nasal area and into your belly,” cooed the silky-voiced Ms. Thomas, on the phone from her home in Fort Meyers, Fla., upon hearing our Long Island-inflected intonations. “Do you ever do any yoga?” No, but our “enlightened” editor likes to do the lotus while he’s pruning our prose! “I was chosen to be the first woman in history to announce the Oscars in ’93,” shared Ms. Thomas. And it wasn’t as glamorous as it sounds. “I’m in the back of the orchestra mixing trailer in a little booth that’s about six by eight feet. … I’m sitting there with a pair of headphones and a microphone and a script assistant. It’s all on the fly! We don’t know who wins until it’s announced live. I’ve done the Tonys eight times, and there I’m actually up in one of the Rockettes’ dressing rooms. They pad it for me, I don’t get to look in those fabulous mirrors. …” Entertainment Tonight was on the line. “Stand by! I’m going to talk to Los Angeles. I’m going to put my headphones on.” Ooh!

[Save Our Breast Friends fundraiser, the Westside Loft, 336 West 37th Street, 8 p.m., http://boardingforbreastcancer.eventbrite.com; Fashion Group International’s 25th Annual Night of Stars, Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall Street, 6:15 p.m., invite only; Randy Thomas and Peter Rofe at the Drama Bookshop, 250 West 40th Street, 5 p.m., 212-944-0595]

mbryan@observer.com

Thursday, October 23