Project Runway: All Stars Host Carolyn Murphy Talks Honey Boo Boo

It was fashion prom meets an alterna-world bar mitzvah at the legendary Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday blowout at the Plaza last night. We chatted with supermodel and Estee Lauder spokeswoman Carolyn Murphy about her upcoming Project Runway: All-Stars gig and how she’s teetering on the precipice of addictive low-brow TV viewing.
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It was fashion prom meets an alterna-world bar mitzvah at the legendary Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday blowout at the Plaza last night. We chatted with supermodel and Estee Lauder spokeswoman Carolyn Murphy about her upcoming Project Runway: All-Stars gig and how she’s teetering on the precipice of addictive low-brow TV viewing.
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It was fashion prom meets an alterna-world bar mitzvah at the legendary Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday blowout at the Plaza last night.

There was even an all-white-clad 80s tribute band called Rubik’s Cube that took the Bergdorf window-themed stage at one point. It was pretty amazing watching a circle of famous models and designers--Coco Rocha, Erin Heatherton, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, just to name a few--and a bunch of suited Bergdorf execs busting out their dance moves and belting out the lyrics to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun” and Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”.

But even among such a mega-watt crowd, all eyes were definitely on supermodel and Estee Lauder spokeswoman Carolyn Murphy. She looked radiant (her skin is flawless and trust me, I was staring up close)—channeling Grace Kelly in a gold-flecked, elegantly low-cut tea-length cocktail dress by J. Mendel. And much to my delight, she was more than up for a chat about her upcoming Project Runway All-Stars gig and how she’s teetering on the precipice of addictive low-brow TV viewing.

Fashionista: So what projects do you have coming up? Carolyn Murphy: I taped Project Runway All Stars. I’m the hostess, so that airs next week. So now I’m focusing on that because I really want to bring an element of sophistication to fashion with regards to reality television. I guess that’s the best way to put it.

Speaking of reality TV. Do you have any reality TV guilty pleasures? No, I just got cable. I’m one of those people that was in the dark ages...but something did recently catch my interest...What is this Honey Boo Boo show? It’s quite intriguing. I don’t know how classy it is, but I’m intrigued. I guess I have to actually sit down and watch it. I feel like I don’t have time for television.

How did you prep for Project Runway when you don’t have cable? They sent me a lot of DVDs. I had watched Project Runway. I love Heidi; I love Michael; I love Nina; so I had watched that show if I was ever traveling in hotel rooms. And then it was kind of hard when I was actually taping because I couldn’t get, "One day you’re in, and the next you’re out," without the German accent.

Oh, you can’t make up your own? Not yet. It’s a fine line, as to how we can make it different. We want to bring back the same viewers and then some. It’s tricky, but it’s good. I mean besides that, I’m shooting for American Vogue again and Vogue worldwide and I’m happy and there’s covers coming out and I’m pretty happy for a 39-year-old that’s been under a rock for three years.

Photos: Billy Farrell Agency and Getty Images