1 The Couture Council awards luncheon was held at the David H. Koch Theatre at New York City's Lincoln Center. The sculpture in the middle of the promenade is by artist Elie Nadelman. It is one of two in this great hall made from single blocks of Carrera marble. https://www.fitnyc.edu/3525.asp
2 Another sculpture by Elie Nadelman, called "Circus Women", is on the opposite side of the promenade. This theatre, with its beautiful balconies, was designed by architect Philip Johnson. It is the home of the New York City Ballet. http://www.lincolncenter.org
3 Here I am with fashion designer and founder of his self-named high-end shoe brand, Manolo Blahnik.
4 Carole Divet Harting and Darcy Rigas were the event co-chairs. They welcomed the guests to the luncheon.
5 Director of the Spain Tourism Board, Elisa Sainz Ruiz, provided the Bienvenida.
6 My longtime publicist and friend, Susan Magrino, in her Chanel 2015 collection two-piece vest and jacket, and her vintage Chanel earrings.
7 Bronson Van Wyck of Wan Wyck & Van Wyck designed all the beautiful flower arrangements. http://www.vanwyck.net
8 The luncheon's theme was "A Taste of Spain". Here was the menu of the three-course meal catered by Olivier Cheng Catering and Events. Olivier Cheng has catered wonderful parties for me as well. http://www.ocnyc.com
9 This was the first course - a delectable salmorejo with grapes, almonds and smoked olive oil. Salmorejo is a Spanish tomato puree, traditionally served cold as an appetizer. It was delicious.
10 The second course included shrimp a la plancha with pimenton, piquillo pepper with tuna mousse, tortilla Española, and white asparagus with a Mimosa vinaigrette.
11 The third course dessert was a beautiful collection of mignardises, or tiny pastries and sweets.
12 At the podium was Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She gave the greetings.
13 Actress and model, Uma Thurman, presented Manolo with the 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
14 The legendary New York Times fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, examined every table for another one of his perfect snapshots.
15 Fashion designer, Lisa Perry, New York Post "Page Six" reporter, Mara Siegler, publicist Peggy Siegal, and Susan. Everyone had such a wonderful time at the event.
16 The man of the hour, Manolo Blahnik. On his web site, there is a photo of young Manolo in his hometown in the Canary Islands. He was obsessed with making shoes for the little reptiles out of candy wrappers. His passion for shoes started at a very young age.
17 Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, and Dr. Joyce Brown.
18 Another charming photo of Manolo. Manolo traveled from his current residence in England to attend the awards luncheon.
19 The paparazzi didn't waste any time getting their shots.
20 Here I am joined by our host and Couture Council of the Museum at FIT Board member, Eleanora Kennedy, and David Patrick Columbia, founder and editor of the New York Social Diary.
21 Fashion arbiter, Ellin Saltzman, has been my friend for many years.
22 Art advisor, Kim Hierston, editor of W magazine, Stefano Tonchi, Linda Fargo, the senior vice president of the fashion office, and director of women's fashion and store presentation at New York City's Bergdorf Goodman, and fashion designer, Ralph Rucci.
24 Susan and Barbara Tober, chairman emerita of the Museum of Arts and Design.
25 In the early evening, I attended the 10th anniversary brand party of Jessica Simpson. It was held at New York City's famous Tavern on the Green. Here I was with CEO of Sequential Brands Group, Yehuda Shmidman, and Jameel Spencer, Division President, Fashion & Entertainment at Sequential.
26 Here I was with Macy's Chief Marketing Officer, Martine Reardon, co-founder and managing partner of Tengram, Bill Sweedler, Macy's chief merchandising officer, Timothy Baxter, and Yehuda.
27 Everyone had a very nice time, but where was Jessica Simpson, our guest of honor?
28 I posed for this photo with A.J. Calloway, television personality and New York correspondent for the entertainment news show "Extra".
29 I was interviewed by A.J. for a few minutes, while we all waited for Jessica to arrive. Perhaps Jessica was still on west coast time? Don't worry, Jessica finally made it to the venue with her parents and husband.
31 Here I was walking into the New York City offices and studio in my gold shoes...
32 Also appearing on the show was stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan.
33 I think we all know who wore the most fashionable shoes of the evening...
34 During the break, Andy let me try his signature Fresquila cocktail - tequila and Fresca with a squeeze of lime.
35 It was an interesting blend...
36 I guess Andy hoped it would become my new favorite drink...
37 I should have shared it with Jim Gaffigan.
38 I brought a copy of my latest book, "Appetizers" to give to Andy.
39 I hope he follows my recommendation to try the recipes.
40 It was challenging for Andy to keep a straight face long enough to snap a photo of Jim and me.
41 This was Andy's tequila of choice, Casa Dragones, 100-percent pure blue agave sipping tequila from Mexico.
42 Kevin Sharkey compared his black alligator bag with this faux alligator curtain. What do you think?
43 We played several games on the show - in this one, I had to suck helium from a balloon while reciting recipes to Jim. Jim had to guess the dish I was describing. Each right answer was a point, and if we got four right within 60-seconds, we won.
44 And, win we did! We each received a bejeweled cake server from Andy for winning the game.
45 The show went quickly, and before we knew it, it was time to wrap. Here we were taking off our microphones - it is always a fun time with Andy.
46 We all got together for a quick photo after the show - Andy, me, Jim and DJ Ruckus, who sits on set behind the bar.
47 The gracious crew of "Watch What Happens LIVE" escorted us out to our car. It was a very long and busy day, but a very fun one!