What's That Smell?

Last night, a handful of celebrities who seemingly had nothing in common gathered to honor ??? what else? ??? fragrance. The Fifi Awards, known as the Oscars of the fragrance industry, honored such achievements as best packaging and presented Vera Wang with a hall of fame award. But the real show was on the red carpet, where everyone’s favorite D-listers (think Danity Kane and Minka Kelly) gathered to have their pictures taken and answer such hard-hitting questions as, “What are you wearing?”

I squeezed into the press line just in time for Nikki Blonsky, who was incredibly nice in person, despite her stickler of a publicist. She talked to the media about her favorite perfume (Escada Magnetism) and how disturbed she is when she sees 8-year-olds wearing mascara and eyeliner. You and me both, sister.

As if on cue, Gossip Girl actress Taylor Momsen arrived. The 14-year-old was decked out in an adorable and age-appropriate dress but was quick to remind us that she’s screwed up for life when she admitted to wearing mascara at the ripe age of 12. She said she loves Chanel No. 5 and wishes bums on the subway would also partake in a little extra fragrance every now and then. Nice.

I was the only reporter to recognize Carmendy from What Not to Wear, but I was not ashamed ??? she was gorgeous in person and friendly until I asked her which celebrity she would like to make over. Her publicist shot me a look while Carmendy became extremely flustered and finally said she didn’t want to comment on celebrities ??? she stands for the “everyday woman.” Strike one for Carmendy. Seriously, she could have just said Britney Spears and called it a day.

Minka Kelly was happy to stand and pose for pictures but refused to speak to the press, much to the dismay of the tabloid reporters who were armed with questions about her ex, John Mayer.

Padma Lakshmi, the host of Top Chef, was absolutely stunning in person, and her voice was so soothing I almost fell asleep on the red carpet. Uninterested in what she was wearing, I asked if she always feels stuffed after judging the show’s food competitions (she does). Then she shot down producers’ claims that there is a “shocking” elimination coming up on the rest of this season of Top Chef. … So be sure to tune in?

Salt N Pepa were the life of the red carpet, as the two arrived at the beginning of the evening and were the last ones to leave the carpet before the awards. They were eating up the attention and were happy to answer everyone’s questions; when asked what she was wearing, Salt admitted that she had no idea ??? it was one of the dresses she tried on that “didn’t make [her] look fat.”

New York Rangers hockey player Sean Avery walked the red carpet with Vera Wang (who didn’t speak to reporters), but nobody seemed to recognize him except for me. I called him over to talk about his new internship at Vogue, which he just started last week. He claims he’s done his share of photocopies and is not intimidated by Anna Wintour. I would like to see those two battle it out.

Upon seeing my interview with Sean, a pretentious lady came over to ask if I wanted to interview someone whose name I couldn’t understand. I said sure, but when she found out I work for a blog, she changed her mind.

The Danity Kane girls arrived as the red carpet was shutting down, and everyone around me shrugged: “Does anybody care about them anyway?” Good point. The girls walked the red carpet alone while the group of reporters got the heck out of Dodge.

May 21, 2008 · posted by Whitney · Link · 15 Responses
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Comments (15)

No. 1 stopthemadness says:

dood, minka kelly doesn’t belong in the same category as danity kane. friday night lights is just good common sense.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm
No. 2 chezsan says:

Yawn. Where’s Cord?

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm
No. 3 mae says:

I’m sorry, exactly why is an NHL hockey player interning at Vogue? Strike 1, Mr. Avery. This is because you were 4 games shy of getting your name on the Stanley Cup with the Wings in 1999, isn’t it?

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm
No. 4 jujubees says:

I’m blinded by the orangeness of it all.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm
No. 5 sexyback says:

Whitney is a hot mama! Oowww!! Yowza. Giggity-giggity.

(Why should Cord get all the attention?)

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm
No. 6 simply cooter says:

Is it WHAT are you wearing or WHO are you wearing. Either way I hate that stupid question too. If I was famous I would be known as the star who spits in the face of anyone who asked me that.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm
No. 7 ilnazhad says:

I don’t care if this makes me an octopussy… Whitney… you’re beautiful and whatever.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm
No. 8 ilnazhad says:

Cooter, they have to state the brand they are wearing, though. Designers only lend out their clothes to celebrities because of the free advertising. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 4:28 pm
No. 9 simply cooter says:

I know, but there would still be spit.

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm
No. 10 ilnazhad says:

You’ve got sass, cock ferret!

Posted: May 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm
No. 11 redcarpetreporter says:

i was on that red carpet and i: a) interviewed vera wang b) not only recognized carmendy, i too interviewed her c) noticed sean avery but was too busy interviewing vera wang to get to him.

so maybe molly isn’t all that good…

Posted: May 22, 2008 at 11:39 am
No. 12 ilnazhad says:

Are you trying to prove Whitney isn’t as “good” as you by being a pretentious rainbow-killer? You just gave Whitney 5 more credit points. We don’t fucking care about what Carmendy has to say, dipshit.

Posted: May 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm
No. 13 yadig? says:

Thanks for the report on Sean, what a character…

Posted: May 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm
No. 14 fucked up is the new normal says:

point c contains point a. which means you only have 2 points. neither of which are anything more interesting or different than what whitney said. so perhaps you are the one who isn’t all that good.

Posted: May 22, 2008 at 3:33 pm
No. 15 stopthemadness says:

coot, when you become famous, make sure you only wear designs by that assmonkey on project runway who used to spit on her clothes. that’s two spits for the price of one.

Posted: May 22, 2008 at 6:48 pm
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