May 25, 2012
A Fun Night at the FiFi Awards
Last Monday evening, I attended the 40th Anniversary FiFi Awards, which are considered to be the Oscars of the fragrance industry. The event was held at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City and was attended by an interesting mix of celebrities. These awards emphasize how important fragrance is to the world of fashion and what a big revenue maker it has become. The fragrances recognized at FiFi come from all over the world. Some are manufactured by major companies and others, by individual designers. And it’s always so much fun for me to see which celebrities have developed a fragrance of their own.
1 I've been standing on a lot of event carpets lately and this time it was for the 40th annual FiFi Fragrance Awards last Monday evening.
2 The FiFi Awards are the Oscars of the perfume industry.
3 I have never been a fan of men wearing cologne, so it was ironic that I was there to present an award in the men's category.
4 The event was well-attended by the paparazzi.
5 My shoes - a great design of Manolo Blahnik
6 Designer, Nicole Richie, attended wearing Emilio Pucci and has a new fragrance called Nicole. She said that she was taught by her mother to never leave home without oil, lotion, and perfume.
7 Model Jessica Stam looked lovely in a sequin embellished cap-sleeved Marchesa creation.
8 Another stunning gown
9 It wasn't planned, but my publicist, Susan Magrino and I both wore black lacy dresses. Mine was a Valentino that I particularly like wearing.
10 Posing with George Ledes, President & CEO at Beauty Fashion and his evening companion, Lisa Bytner of Lisa Bytner PR
11 Here I am with some MSLO employees - Laura Petasnick, VP Integrated Sales; Joe Lagani, Chief Revenue Officer; Alison Matz, Publisher of Whole Living; and Raylene Salthouse, Executive Beauty Director
12 With the very talented singer, songwriter Josh Groban, who was also a presenter
13 I posed for many photographs.
14 These items were the gifts from the Fifi Foundation for all of the presenters.
15 Having a very pleasant chat with Environmental activist and CNN Special Correspondent Philippe Cousteau.
16 Philippe is the grandson of
the legendary Captain Jacques Cousteau.
17 With Singer Chaka Khan, who looked radiant after recently losing 60 pounds. Chaka was there to introduce her new fragrance, Khana Sutra, a pine-scented fragrance for both men and women.
18 Golden Globe and Emmy winning actress and comedian, Jane Lynch, of 'Glee,' was the host of the evening and looked nice and crisp in her black and white outfit.
19 Here I am with Mariska Hargitay from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' where I recently made a guest star appearance, playing the head mistress of a private school.
20 This is the second award I presented for the 'Consumer’s Choice' Award for Women won by Victoria’s Secret Angel by Victoria’s Secret Beauty. I gave it to Mark Knitowski President of Victoria’s Secret Beauty.
21 The FiFi Fragrance Awards was a lot of fun!
22 Following FiFi, we had a delicious dinner at Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto on the Upper West Side. One of Chef Cesare’s signature touches is to adorn folded cloth napkins with fresh rosemary sprigs.
23 Daisy Schwartzberg, my makeup artist and Nicole Sutliff, of the Susan Magrino Agency
24 Our meal was delicious - Daisy doesn’t eat meat so we ordered only vegetables and pasta. The food was delicious!
25 Chef Cesare Costella was on his way to Italy that night but he had his staff send us out many things to try including this delicious spritzer made of Apparol, Prosecco and tonic.
26 Alison was a wonderful host and server. She is studying to be an actress.