NY1 traffic reporter and Complex Magazine dating columnist Jamie Shupak went to DC this weekend to see what Washington’s “Nerd Prom” is all about. While her and her boyfriend, New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter didn’t attend the actual White House Correspondents Dinner (long-standing NYT company policy) they did hit all the weekend’s festivities.
It’s Friday evening and I’m standing at the bar of The New Yorker’s party at the W Hotel with New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. We’re playing the first of many rounds of “New York – DC – Hollywood” which is exactly as it sounds. You point to a person in the room and based on their outfit, guess where they’re from. I warm him up with an easy one. “Dark blue satin,” I say, gesturing to a woman nearby who looks like she just walked off the floor of the Senate. He laughs to avoid answering. (The Commish is so politically correct.) He then looks down at his own getup – head-to-toe black of course – then back up to me. With a shrug and a smile he smirks, “New York.”
This game, just like the intersection of DC political types, New York media, and Hollywood celebrities, is both fascinating and funny. Seeing Sofia Vergara talk to Barbara Walters at an ABC reception, or Valerie Jarrett walk by Kris Jenner at a garden brunch is like watching one of those Discovery Channel shows where two animals meet face-to-face in the wild. They both know each other exist and have a sense of what they’re about, but you can’t wait to see what happens when their worlds collide. And, of course, what they’re wearing.
I took some photos, check ‘em out.
[Ed. note: By take some photos--Jamie means she documented her entire weekend just for us. That includes talking FlyBarre with Sofia Vergara, trying to crack jokes with Mayor Bloomberg (it didn't go over well), and talking fashion with Kate Upton (who's a fan of the site!). I should also divulge that I'm a huge NY1 fan--specifically a Pat Kiernan and Jamie Shupak fan--and I'm thrilled that she did this for us! Thanks Jamie!]