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James LaForce Hosts Holiday Fete

Revelers such Cynthia Rowley and Derek Blasberg were given a preview of his new fashion competition show, “24 Hour Catwalk.”

MAY LAFORCE BE WITH YOU: James LaForce gave revelers at his annual holiday party last week a preview of “24 Hour Catwalk,” the fashion competition show that makes its debut on Lifetime on Jan. 10. LaForce serves as a judge on the show and fellow judges Cynthia Rowley and Derek Blasberg popped into the India-themed party, along with Bibhu Mohapatra, Keanan Duffty, Lisa Mayock, Doug and Ben Burkman, Fern Mallis, PVH’s Ken Wyse, Geoffrey Bradfield, Hearst’s Michael Clinton and Scott Sassa, Seventeen’s Ann Shoket and House Beautiful’s Newell Turner.

From the preview clips, it looks like LaForce assumes the Simon Cowell acid-tongue role on the show, spouting off one-liners such as, “This is 24 Hour Catwalk, not 24 hour sidewalk,” “How do you wield power with titty tassels?” and “It’s kitty literal.”

This story first appeared in the December 21, 2011 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Rowley, for her part, claims, “Of the three judges, I’m definitely the smartest, funniest, nicest and most beautiful-est.”

Perhaps in the spirit of the show’s title, LaForce donned a pair of high-heeled pumps and worked a makeshift runway at the end of the evening to whoops from the crowd.

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