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
I would like to thank the Academy for a fabulous night of fashion. In spite of a few blunders; the dresses this year were fabulous Hollywood looks. To celebrate my love for film and red carpet style, I have compiled a list of Socialite Superlatives highlighting the best (and worst) looks of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Best Dressed: Mila Kunis looked like a goddess in a lavender chiffon gown by Elie Saab Haute Couture. It is looks like this that the Oscars are truly about. I tend to wear a lot of purple, but the glamour in this dress is unlike anything I have ever seen.
Worst Dressed: Cate Blanchett’s Givenchy gown with the unsightly circle in the front looked like it is was inspired by Lady Gaga arriving in an egg at the Grammy Awards. Though it may have gotten good reviews from some style commentators, I thought it was by far the worst look on the red carpet.
Cutest: Hailee Steinfeld, nominated for her role in True Grit, took no cues from Miley Cyrus when she walked out on the red carpet in a one-of-a-kind Marchesa gown that she designed herself. Not only did she look fabulous, she looked her age.
Best Hair: Reese Witherspoon looked stunning in a black and white Giorgio Armani Prive gown. When it comes to an evening look, I have always been a huge fan of black and white. However, her hair was the best I have seen in a while on the red carpet. I am in adoration of this ponytail.
Most Balanced: Amy Adams sparkled on the red carpet in L’Wren Scott and $1.5 Million worth of Cartier jewels. What I loved about this dress is that while the slit showed a lot of leg, a well-covered top complimented it. When choosing the perfect evening look, it is always good to show one or the other.
Most Daring: Helena Bonham Carter should always wear black. She looked fabulously normal in a dress designed by costume designer, Colleen Atwood. Though she looked much more put together than she normally does during awards season, the dress was still very much her style.
Prettiest: Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman, looked ballerina pretty in a purple Rodarte floor-length gown. The dress was the perfect design for any expectant mother. She was absolutely glowing. Black Swan may have taken away Best Actress, but purple was the color of choice this year on the red carpet. It seems like Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis shared more than a make out scene this year in film when they both sported the signature color at the 2011 Oscars.
Best Pattern: Scarlett Johansson’s Dolce & Gabbana Oscar gown may have gotten mixed reviews, but I really liked it. Both the pattern and cut really worked for her. You can’t have a red carpet without lace.
Most Star Studded: Gwyneth Paltrow rocked the red carpet in a sparkling Calvin Klein. She embodied the excess and celebration that is the Oscars while looking like a couture glass of champagne.
Most Memorable: Jennifer Hudson looked red hot on the red carpet in an orange-red Versace. Not only did she have a couture gown to show off, she also had a sexy new body to strut down the red carpet.