SWEATING IT OUT: On Monday evening, Ben Silverman was standing near the doorway of Miss Lily’s Favourite Cakes, a Jamaican style diner on New York’s Houston Street, wiping sweat from his forehead and pulling at his shirt collar. The room was uncomfortably humid but that wasn’t the problem. It was 24 hours before his new reality show, “Fashion Star,” was set to make its debut on NBC and he was anxious. “I just really hope everyone likes it,” he said.
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The party was thrown by Glamour magazine (editor in chief Cindi Leive appears in the eighth episode) but the dinner felt more like an episode of “Entourage.” As funny-smelling cigarette smoke wafted through the room, there was no shortage of power players slapping backs and talking shop. Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting, made his way through the crowd, while Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, who both appear on the show, posed for pictures. Former MTV executives Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley made the rounds. The duo now have their own production company and work with Silverman’s Electus.
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Since this was a Glamour party for “Fashion Star,” Silverman was asked if he’s sartorially inclined in his own life. “I love fashion,” he said, adding his suit and Hermès “power” tie were not typical. “I don’t usually look so corporate.” He went on to note that London tailor Ozwald Boateng designed the suit for his wedding. “And, he went out and got my wife a dress for tonight. I don’t think he’s ever shopped for someone before.” And what did Boateng pick for Silverman’s wife, Jennifer? “It’s Helmut Lang. Isn’t it great? It has this zipper on top.”