• Close up of @_dion_lee_ skirt and #ToBeAdored shirt from @sister_tokyo
  • Chased after Brunie here up Hollywood Road. Just because.
  • Thanks to @mrstreetpeeper for tip off about designer sale at top of Times Square. Scored this Junya Watanabe jacket for £150!!! #bargain
  • Insta thank you to @andotherstories and @mrstreetpeeper for putting a bit of spring in my step
  • Retro Hong Kong caff interior at Matchbox Cafe

A little late, but at least the new Toshiba laptop is still holding up and hasn’t died on me (I am in fact celebrating every single day the laptop lives with a thanksgiving ritual….).  The day of the event arriveth last Wednesday and indeed there were jitters in the stomach.  Nothing a heaping plate of French toast and maple syrup wouldn’t cure though – God Bless American breakfasts. 

As I said, the day was spent Century21-ing and also introducing the boyf to the sprawling mass of a place that is Chinatown in New York.  When I got back, it was like, make-over time!  Gucci set up two hotel rooms designated for hair, make-up and manicures for their invited guests.  Hair wasn’t the problem (sleek, straight, loose) but due to my past ‘pro’ make-up experiences, I was dreading the maquillage.  Thankfully, the guy got what I was all about (though because of my  British accent, he did constantly insist that we were all eccentric Isabella Blow types and kept on saying ‘You’re British, you’re London – I get it!’).  I explained to him the extravagance of the dress and that the make-up can’t be too OTT and he was like ‘I get it! I understand!’.  Hurrah!  A very sweet manicurist did my nails which has impressively still stayed put without too much chipping and if I’m honest, I’m now considering paying more attention to zee nailz because they do add a certain something to an outfit (just need to NOT blob it all over my clothes…).

THE dress went on and the picture snapping went ker-razy in the hotel room.  Sadly they’re all lost so let’s not dwell on that and I’ll just keep staring at the ‘roid that the boyf took.  I then met sweet Elisabeth from La Coquette who had on a great turquoise dress and had the sweetest vintage Yves Saint Laurent heart shaped sequin purse she had just bought from Reciproque in Paris (don’t hate her just because she lives in Paris…. even though I do, just a little…).  We made our way over in the car with some Asia press people.

The paps were already lined up outside the tent which was set up on the North Lawn of the UN building (I did think it would have been strange to have the party inside the ACTUAL builiding) and random passers by seemed to be hanging around  to see what the commotion  was all about.  As soon as we stepped out, flashbulbs went off, even though we were in fact nobodies which confirms my suspicions that paps just go through the robotic motions of photographing people.  People were yelling ‘Nice dress!’ from the crowds but I couldn’t quite read the levels of sarcasm.

I can’t thank Elisabeth enough for being there with me because as soon as we entered the tent, the levels of surrealness just shot up sky high.  Gwyneth Paltrow had just entered the red carpet area and she somehow managed to appease every pap there was there who were yelling directions at her.  I never thought there was an artform to getting papped but Gwyneth, pro that she is, got it spot on.  I rarely ever do commentary on ‘sleb’ outfits but as it is, the event was over-runneth with a ridiculous amount of ‘slebs that to not comment and get a bit ‘Heat-like’ would be plain silly.  I share Fashionista’s verdict on Gwyneth’s dress which is that it was a short pale pink risk of a dress that worked fantastically well. 

Quaffing cocktails and mingling around the pre-dinner area, me and Elisabeth were craning to see who we could spot and also pissing ourselves for not bringing out cameras as we were told we weren’t allowed but then found out everyone had their cameras (more of that later…).  I must have sounded high as I just kept on saying ‘This is surreal… really surreal…’ as Kimora Lee Simmons greeted Cynthia Nixon with a ‘Hiiii!’ (I’ve noticed ‘slebs like to turn ‘Hi, how are you?’ into a 20 syllable phase as opposed to 4….), as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were beside us and I bumped my dress into her lovely red satin one.  I got all excited when I saw Amy Adams because I loved her character so much in Junebug.  I was sort of getting ‘sleb sensory overload as I started noting different things: Camilla Belle is STUNNING in real life, Amy Adams is really teensy tiny, Pharrell Williams and Nigo are also very petite, random girl (who later I found out was Cassie…) had a wicked dress on and Demi Moore looked flawless.  Though a lot were Gucci-ed up, it was a good thing that yellow and pale pink looked really fresh with the simple cutting that Frida Giannini had in place.

We then sat down for dinner and organised a ‘Get cameras into’ tents strategy by utilising the helpful boyf to bring them to the UN building from the hotel and though later I was regretting it, he was a hero to Elisabeth for bringing her’s over.  The tables were organised by origins of press so Elisabeth sat with French press (with the fabulous Jalouse editor mother and her wickedly stylish daughter!) and  Betsy from Fashion is Spinach and I were seated at the British press table including *gasp* Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou of 10 magazine, Charlie from GQ, Harriet Quick from Vogue and Laura Craik from Evening Standard…. good thing we didn’t get onto the subject of why the hell I was sitting there….

The performances began with a performance from the African’s Children Choir, and then both Madonna and Frida Giannini gave some welcoming speeches.  I did find Madonna’ speech to be heart-warming and sincere and the excerpts from her documentary ‘I am because we are’ though a little heavy handed, I’m sure tugged the heartstrings of many a rich patron who were guests there.  The auction hosted by Chris Rock was hilarious and I was more impressed with the Christie’s auctioneer Christopher Burge who managed to keep up with people all around this massive room waving their glowsticks to bid for various packages which included training sessions with David Beckham, Gucci VIP fashion show tickets and most random of all, a yoga class with Gwyneth and Madonna.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars were flying around the room and it was clear that everyone in the room was ‘sooo money’.

The performances by Rihanna, Timbland and Alicia Keyes did get me Top of the Pops style wooting and hooting down by the stage.  I don’t mind a bit of ‘Ella, ella ella’ and a bit of ‘The Way I Are’ – quite the contrary!  The after party seemed to chaff out most of the celebs who weren’t down with the idea of hitting the dancefloor so the bloggers did instead.

The ‘sleb spots carried on and i was surprised to find that both Gwen Stefani and Devon Aoki are teensy tiny in real life.  Even under the glare of the portaloo, Devon looked really outworldly.  Dita Von Teese along with the Jalouse daughter of the editor’s outfit probably topped the ‘Outfit Poll’ of the night. 

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t actually drink that much (well not by my standards anyway…) and slipped away at a decent hour of 1am.  It was the searching of the dollar bills in my clutch bag that led to the fate of the missing camera.  I don’t think I will ever be in a room where I can literally sniff individual scents of such a vast array of ‘slebs ever again as the event was literally on a scale that I don’t think I could ever cope with.  Even with my camera, I didn’t snap many a ‘sleb because I was quite honestly overwhelmed.  Other bloggers had more balls and got their ‘Facebook’ snaps sorted.  I was just taking it all in, making sure my dress was in-tact (it is…thank God!) and letting the mind reel a ltitle. 

(Red carpet images by Patrick McMullan, images also taken from La Coquette, Fashion is Spinach and Fashion Indie). 

Comments (40)

  1. Anonymous says:

    you look gorgeous in the photos =)

  2. lluviaschick says:

    u look perfect in ur dress!!!

  3. selina says:

    sounds like an absolute dream!!

  4. Aww Susie, you’re beautiful! Sounds like you had a great time, I really enjoyed the write-up :)

  5. Dorian says:

    i love the way you write. it’s so close to the reader.

  6. Kay says:

    It must have been an amazing experience!
    I never thought that Gwen Stefani was petite! Or maybe because you’re just really tall?

  7. ms. spinach says:

    very fun! (and i was there! but i do love reading other people’s perspectives…) glad to hear the laptop situation has been sorted out. perhaps you’ve gotten all your technology snafus out of the way (er, for life…?) here’s to a tech-problem-free rest of ’08!

  8. Carrie the dog says:

    WAW !!! I think you where the real Madonna of the Gucci Night !! And you know that I love the real one … XXX

  9. miss woo says:

    The dress is amazing with the closer shots! The party sure looks such fun.

  10. Helen says:

    Wow it sounds like a wonderful experience!! :D That event was huge.. btw you look great!!

  11. Drusilla says:

    I’m amazed you (and all the other bloggers) managed to take it all in and give us a coherent account of it- all that would have come out of me in the same situation would have been : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and !?!?!?!???!!

  12. Jamie says:

    I am so glad you had a good time! Your dress is stunning and you are beautiful in it! It’s great that you went with something true to yourself. Out of all the dresses I’ve seen, yours is by far the most inspiring. Hope the tech troubles are long gone.

  13. Drusilla says:

    PS: You look ADORABLE in the top pic! Where was that taken- at breakfast?

  14. Biba says:

    Your dress is the best without a doubt. Not keen on any of the “slebs”outfits.
    Sounds like you had a great time, Susie.
    Isn’t Madonna’s daughter gorgeous?! Although her mother is absolutely irritating.

  15. Rorosto says:

    You look amazing! It sounds like a wonderful experience, don’t get to down on yourself – enjoy the memories, yeah?

  16. angelyn says:

    I enjoy reading your posts! wishing you happy CNY, not too late, two weeks celebration ;p

  17. Virginia says:

    love the dress…great idea on keeping you hair straight and sleek and makeup minimal, so as not to distract from the dress…also, love the headband!
    check out my blog @ RADICALPROPER.blogspot.com

  18. N says:

    Wow! Amazing!
    You looked gorgeous

  19. enc says:

    That was a really fun post to read: I felt I was there with you. Thanks for taking so much time on it! And you looked beautiful.

  20. susie_bubble says:

    Thanks guys – glad you liked the coverage…even though it was late!
    Ms.Spinach: I’m going to take those wishes and pray to God that nothing else goes wrong…
    Dru: The first pic was taken at breakfast… it was on the day of the press conference actually but I had to make do to illustrate the gigantic amount of food I ate to start the day off….
    Kay: I thought she was my height but with heels, she is shorter than I am…. I’m only 5″7 and a bit…
    Biba: Yes, Lourdes is sooo pretty.

  21. Dustcakeboy says:

    Yourself and Dita look top. One Ms.Bubble can certainly work the bandage!
    /DCB.

  22. Susie, can you make me even more jealous? Oh my gosh! Ah, I hate you! (Not for real of course, but just too express that… Well errr… AH, YOU!)

  23. iron chic says:

    I saw some photos of you on Fashion is Spinach and you looked so different…
    I think it is because you were smiling….
    you don’t usually smile in your posed pics.
    Cute either way.

  24. melanie says:

    Your dress was amazing!!! All of you looked great!!! Hope you had a blast in NYC!

  25. Thanks for sharing, Susie! It was fun to read about your brushes with “‘slebs”.

  26. Anonymous says:

    your dress is so gorgeous, but is it hard to sit in?

  27. caroline says:

    that dress is fierce, and you look so, so pretty!
    i’m so sorry you lost your camera, but what you’ve written says it all.
    what an amazing experience!

  28. it’s so funny that you happened to just “bump” into Katie Holmes, LOL.
    you looked ABSOLUTELY FAB in your dress by the way!!!!

  29. forget all the people who try and upset you, it’s so obviously that they are just jealous!
    have to admit, i’m jealous too, get some of your readers to come read my blog? haha
    Lovely post and i love the video too!
    x

  30. Tya says:

    It must hv been an extra fab event! You r soo lucky, I hv every reason to envy you. lol
    Oh btw, you look v gorgeous in each photo! Seriously! Stunning dress, and you make it work!

  31. Amanda says:

    Ugh! I WISH I could’ve been you that night!! Totally a night to remember!

  32. e says:

    susie, i’m afraid i have to disagree with you about ms paltrow’s dress. i don’t think it works for several reasons. firstly, it is too short for her, secondly, it looks like a sack and thirdly, it is hardly age-appropriate for someone pushing mid 30s and a mother of 2.
    the proportions don’t look good on her and her legs aren’t slender enough for such a dress and length…

  33. KYM says:

    my favorite part of your outfit has to be your headpiece.
    but of course, the purple is stunning !

  34. Bojana says:

    Wow, you looked great!!
    What a dress. Really, amazing.

  35. Anonymous says:

    great right up, and hair and makeup!!!! even more jealous! the dress, fabulous of course.

  36. grace says:

    susie, you looked stunning! -and you’re right, cassie had a gorgeous dress.

  37. crishz says:

    your dress is absolutely stunning? may i know who the very talented designer is? thanks in advance!

  38. f&art says:

    Luyk you. Elisabeth is great isn’t she? I had the chance to meet her in Paris. Pretty good choice – your dress. I loooooooove it. You always manage to look special, in a VERY good way ♥

  39. susie_bubble says:

    Regarding my ability to sit in the dress… the tulle is the kind of material that you just sit on and when you stand up again, it bounces back out again…. was fine!
    The designer is Emilio de la Morena
    http://www.emiliodelamorena.com
    Thanks again for the comments and I don’t think I’ll pull off something like that ever again!

  40. ambika says:

    I know I’m commenting awfully late on all of this but yes, full of envy. I’m sure I would have been muttering about how surreal it was and expecting a melting clock to appear in the sky.
    Also, I heard Pharrell is like 5’2. I’m not surprised he comes off as tiny IRL.

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