Working the Red Carpet at Bravo’s “A-List Awards”
Watching celebrities working the red carpet at Hollywood events is a guilty pleasure. It’s fun to see the fashion hits and misses, and even more amusing to observe the wannabe-stars from reality shows doing their best to grab the limelight and the paparazzi attention. At the recent “A-List Awards” for the Bravo network, there were no real Brangelina-caliber A-list stars, but that didn’t make the pre-show on the carpet any less exciting. On hand were the ultra-beautiful people from “Make Me a Supermodel” who turned the red carpet into their own project runway. The top “Top Chef” was hunky Italian Fabio who thrilled the ladies by kissing their hands. The gaggle of “Real Housewives” from the OC, NY, NJ and Atlanta were falling over each other for camera time. And the creative competitors from “Top Design” and “Shear Genius” showed more style than any star.
Kathy Griffin, star of the comedy-reality series “My Life on the D-List,” arrived looking uncharacteristically demure in a sequined little black dress (LBD). Then she opened her mouth and all the sassiness sharpened as a stand-up comic came out. Her edgy attitude also served her well as the host of “The A-List Awards.” She said that her classic LBD was just to get Tim Gunn to name her best dressed on the red carpet. He did. On Gunn’s “Guide to Style” show (spin-off of “Project Runway”), he has always emphasized that the LBD is “a wardrobe essential.” That style tip was not lost on the Kardashian sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, who all coordinated their sexy LBDs. Kim called herself a “fine stylist with flair,” but there were other reality stars who showed more of a flair for shining in the spotlight.
The undisputed queen of the red carpet was Paris Hilton in a bejeweled cocktail dress, followed by Jenny McCarthy in a Gucci mini, Tori Spelling in a toga-styled dress, Milla Jovovich, Kendra Wilkinson, Kelly Rowland, Kate Flannery, Niecy Nash, Aubrey O’Day and Chelsea Handler. Plus, oh my goodness, Fred Willard and Bruce Vilanch were strutting their stuff at the show produced by Michael Levitt (“TV Land Awards”).
The king of the carpet was Tyson Beckford, the Ralph Lauren model who hosts Bravo’s “Make Me a Supermodel.” Smoldering good looks, charm and style, Tyson has the whole package and told me that “working the red carpet is fun. All the reporters line up and ask interesting questions. No matter what they ask, I think the key is to be a gentleman. You’ve got to present yourself with class and intelligence.” No wonder Tyson is so successful, and he made a fuss over my stylish DAV boots.
Another nice person with style was Tila Tequila, who was named best Drama Queen at last year’s “A-List Awards.” Although Tila had her own reality show “A Shot At Love” on MTV for two seasons and has records to her credit, she doesn’t delude herself into thinking she’s an A-List celebrity. “But I felt like one mingling with everyone and enjoying the fabulous gift lounge. It’s all good,” she beamed. Distinctive Assets hosted the gift lounge backstage at the Orpheum Theatre and put together talent gift bags that thrilled the celebrities. A great gift was the Slimware, designer “portion conscious” dinner plates, a clever idea from Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets. Designer sunglasses from Rooly made everyone look like a star, as did the rocker jeans from Denimocracy and vintage rock concert tees from Wornfree.com. Hearing about spa services from the Skin Rejuvenation Center from Janet Harris was serious business. Janet is the renowned aesthetician and creator of skin-care products who helped Dr. Phil’s wife Robin McGraw with her book “What’s Age Got to Do With it? 55, Living Your Happiest & Healthiest Life.” The skin care expert noted the obvious, “Everyone wants to look their A-List best.”