Any fashion show that seamlessly combines ballet dancers, a performance by Kat DeLuna and hot models clad in sequins, ruffles and platform shoes cannot be bad. But when that fashion show has not only models but the likes of former Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day and Pamela Anderson gracing the catwalk, it can only get better.
That’s what Christina, Micaela, Mary and I got to experience last night at the Richie Rich show at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. First we met up with Aubrey backstage, where she was getting made fabulous in hair and makeup. The backstage area could only be described as a hot mess of Richie Rich and his crew of scenesters, models, drag queens, Davis from “The Real World: Denver,” Aubrey and us. Pamela was apparently getting beautified at an undisclosed locale in the hotel.
Soon we made our way out to our seats, learning that not only would we be sitting in the front row, but we’d be sitting next to super-sweet Ice-T and his lovely wife, CoCo. Um, awesome! The lights dimmed, the music blared and the models hit the stage. The clothes were decidedly Richie Rich — the guy stood true to himself for his first solo romp without former designing partner Traver Rains. Mixing bright patterns like plaid with statement costume jewelry, ruffles and sparkles may not seem realistic, but Richie designs for the fantasy of it all.
Post-show we all made our way over to Cain Luxe, where we were joined by our co-worker Nicole for the afterparty. Aubrey was fashionably late; in the meantime, the drinks were flowing, the room was filling up and I ran into a familiar face, stylist Robert Verdi, a Fashion Week staple. Aubrey eventually showed up with a large entourage, wearing only a t-shirt that sported an image of her from her Playboy spread. Always the self-promoter, that Aubrey! Alongside Pam, Richie and Ice-T, she partied the night away in a room filled with people who could only wish to be as rich and famous as they are.