Seth Meyers hosted last night's CFDA awards. Fashion people are a tough crowd. As Meyers rightly pointed out, the fashion industry is not exactly known for being laid back and not taking themselves too seriously. So he went for it. And killed.
He opened to tepid, hesitant chuckles from the crowd but by the time he was finished with his opening monologue Grace Coddington, seated a few seats down from me, was literally howling with laughter. And by the time he turned up, mid-show, wearing Marc Jacobs' Met ball outfit (and commenting about how cold his nipples were), he had completely endeared himself to the jaded group.
His five best burns on the fashion industry: • "Fashion people like hating things more than they like liking things." So. True. One of the best quotes about fashion people I've ever heard. And the one that got the loudest laughs.
• "Fashion and comedy go together like Galliano and bar mitzvahs." [Crowd doesn't really know what to do with this one, awkward silence follows.] Meyers continues, "That joke went so badly I'm going to get fired from Dior." [Everyone exhales, laughs.] "You have to take risks," he added. Touche.
• "I hear tangerine orange is the color of the season. Which means Valentino was ahead of the trend since his skin is already that color. Valentino actually couldn't be here tonight because he's in the hospital getting another arm surgically attached so he can hold more dogs."
• "This fall on NBC tune into Karl Lagerfeld's new show, 'Are You Fatter than a Fifth Grader?'". I mean, is this a thing already?
• On Marc Jacobs' Met ball outfit: "Who wore it better Marc Jacobs or an Italian funeral home?" And then after he showed up wearing Marc's exact Met ball outfit (except the pilgrim shoes, which, Marc, send those over to Seth stat), a change of tune: "This has great ventillation...my nipples have never been so freezing."
Come back anytime Seth.