They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But, when you have famed American portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, behind the lens, it’s probably worth a million. My office in Soho looks out into this alley that has recently become my favorite place in the city to people watch. Literally everyday everything from a fight to a photo shoot is going on in the alley. Today, however, I got the true New York experience when an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot broke out in the alley. If you don’t know her, you probably know her pictures. She’s most famous for the Rolling Stone cover she shot of John Lennon the day he died and her photograph of the pregnant Demi Moore in Vanity Fair.
If I ever get engaged, I hope Annie Leibovitz is available to take my engagement photos. I adore how she always manages to capture a person’s true identity at that exact moment. From what I gather, today’s Leibovitz photo shoot was also for Vanity Fair featuring some of New York City’s most prominent Internet entrepreneurs including Arianna Huffington, FourSquare co-founder, Dennis Crowley, and who I believe to be one of the Gilt Groupe founders. Mayor Bloomberg also made an appearance for a few shots, but left after less than five minutes. Watching an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot from start to finish was truly an exciting experience one which makes paying crazy Manhattan rent totally worth it. As more and more security, agents, PR people, and paparazzi showed up, the anticipation of who would be the subject of this shoot grew and grew. However, I must say that the most baller moment of the day was when Leibovitz decided she didn’t want a stop sign in the shoot and within 10 minutes the city came and chopped it down proving New York to truly be a city dedicated to art.
Here are a couple of my favorite Annie Leibovitz shots:
Scarlett Johansson as Disney’s Cinderella – Cinderella was history’s first Aspiring Socialite.
Vintage glamour with a rustic edge
With Fashion Week nearly over, it is time to amp up the party scene. No more will shows, appearances, and commitments stand in the way of a night of carefree partying, at least not until February. Yesterday, my friends over at StyleCaster invited me to their Unofficial Official New York Fashion Week Party at the exclusive Simyone Lounge in Meatpacking featuring music by Dove ‘Go Fresh’ DJ Chelsea Leyland, and free drinks by Hypnotiq Harmonie (which is great mixed with champagne.) The Simyone Lounge is better known to the city’s elite runway models as SL.
Clubs like SL are even more exclusive on the weeknights. In spite of being on the VIP list, I waited in line in heels for two hours to get into the famous SL which actually turned out to be a great workout for my legs. While in line, I spotted FourSquare founder, Dennis Crowley, leaving (I wonder if he unlocked the ‘Out on a School Night’ Badge?) and said hi to an old friend of mine from my interning days. A lot of people in line looked familiar, but then again they were probably models who I might have seen in a national campaign somewhere. In a line full of models in expensive dresses, it’s really easy to feel average. Two hours later, I finally entered SL with an hour left of the party and tasted victory along with a few delicious Hypnotiq Harmonie cocktails. As I suspected, the club wasn’t crowded at all and the line was all for show. There was even enough room to sit down if you wanted to which isn’t usually the case at all in the bars of New York City. I guess even socialites have to wait in line once and while, especially if your dedication to fashion and free cocktails is as strong as mine.
Interesting choice of interior design. The walls of SL are all lined with X-ray images of bones. Since so many celebrities hang out there, I wonder if they are of celebrities.
It’s a party in the U.S.A!
An entrepreneur is just a socialite with a job. Along with genius business ventures, entrepreneurs have given birth to a new breed of socialites that are made and not born. Self-made that is. Dot.Com Millionaires are out in favor of tech entrepreneurs such as myself. As revealed in Guest of a Guest, FourSquare Co-founders Dennis Crowley (fellow Syracuse University Alum) and Naveen Selvadurai along with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams were seen looking very GQ on the pages of Italian Vogue. Congratulations boys! I started this blog nearly a year ago because I too plan on tweeting, updating, and checking in my way into socialite fame. However, my endless path to stardom (i.e. magazine covers, book deals, reality shows, etc.) has not been without irony. Instead of maxing out my credit cards on priceless couture at Saks and Bloomingdales like any other Aspiring Socialite, I have found myself spending it all on servers and web development. I guess that is the price of being a Fashion Tech Entreprenette. Welcome to the Socialite Media Age! TTYL!