Last night, we stopped by the Huffington Post Game Changers Awards at Skylight Soho. Aside from odd occurrences like Occupy Wall Street protesters chanting outside and a fire alarm going off, there was an interesting mix of people there.
We chatted briefly with Bai Ling, who was surprisingly pleasant to talk to even though her presence there was kind of baffling. The former Celebrity Rehab star told us she had a new song out on iTunes called "Rehab" and that her style has gotten more conservative since she got sober.
Later on, we caught up with Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal, David Gilboa and Andrew Hunt. When asked what they thought of all the companies copying them (Eyefly, Shauns Shades), Neil offered, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...I don't know why someone would want to dedicate time to copying someone else, though."
The 1973 models of Versailles (10 models of color who took part in a legendary fashion face-off between five American designers and five French couturiers at the Palace of Versailles, recently honored with an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) beat out Andrej Pejic, Carine Roitfeld, Rachel Zoe, Nicola Formichetti, Iris Apfel and the founders of Warby parker, as the ultimate game changers in style. Gayle King presented six of the ladies, including Pat Cleveland, with their award, saying, "Naomi, Iman, Tyra Banks have the models of Versailles to thank."
However, the highlight of the evening was, of course, Kim Kardashian. I couldn't tell you what was happening before she took the stage, but as soon as her name was mentioned, everyone suddenly turned around and did whatever they could to catch a glimpse of the glammed-up newlywed. Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve gave Kim a glowing introduction (and is probably extra thankful to the reality star for being one of Glamour's biggest-selling covers) and Kim's acceptance speech, while a bit scrambled and not exactly illuminating, was all about her and her sisters' love of fashion. Here's the relevant portion:
I mean, my job is to hang out with my family and to us we had no idea coming into this reality show what it would be, but at the end of the day we love fashion. We had our clothing stores before the show; we had one of them before the show. We were styling; I had a closet business. We were obsessed with fashion and my little sister’s godmother Kathy Lee Gifford had told me one day when I was really little, she said, 'Figure out what you love to do and if you can figure out a way to make money at it, it will never feel like you’re working' and so I think fashion, as everything that I do is so exciting and so much fun.
So, there you have it. Fashion is what Kim Kardashian does for work because she loves it. Or at least that's what we think she is saying. Check out Huffington Post for more info and pics.