Saturday, March 27, 2010
Upon entering the party for Elie Tahari’s spring collection at Bergdorf Goodman last night, we had to dodge several large video cameras and squeeze past herds of headset-wearing producers before we realized what all the fuss was about: Nearly the entire cast of The City was milling around, pretending to act natural while other guests pretended not to stare. We had been there for barely five minutes when a woman tapped us on the shoulder, presented us with a release form, and informed us that we were in some of the shots. Randomly, Emmy Rossum popped by for a few minutes and chatted with the designer, who looked adorably baffled by all of the cameras. When asked if he watched The City, Tahari nodded loyally. “Yes! Yes, I watch it. I love it,” he answered. Really? “Well, I haven’t watched all of the episodes. I’ve only watched a few.”
Meanwhile, producers cleared away a large chunk of party attendees so that they could get uninterrupted shots of Whitney pecking Tahari on the cheek and Zee talking with Olivia Palermo. But they did have to make the set — er, the party — look realistic, so they took turns walking in front of the cameras themselves. When they had each taken several laps, producers began drawing “extras” from the guests. “Excuse me,” said one, “would you mind walking over to that rack over there [he indicated a rack on the other side of the room] and then back to me?” We obliged, trying not to look as ridiculous as we felt.
credit - guest of a guest, Charlotte Cowles @ nymag.com