BUFFET OF CELEBRITIES AT MICHAEL AWARDS
NEW YORK — Who says glitzy, celebrity-encrusted, really long awards ceremonies are over?
Not the folks at the Michael Awards, who assembled a hodgepodge of designers, supermodels and their famous friends for its annual benefit for the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation on Monday night. Sigourney Weaver and Cheryl Tiegs came with Vincent Longo, Roberta Flack with J&R Music World chief executive Rachelle Friedman, Ilona Rich brought Denise Rich and Lee Grant showed up to present an award to Diahann Carroll. But Carroll, it turned out, was detained in Los Angeles, where she has landed a role on the WB’s upcoming series “The Court” with Sally Field.
“She will be the first Supreme Court justice wearing Valentinos and Manolos under her robe,” joked Susan Fales-Hill, who accepted Carroll’s award for a lifetime of style.
The ceremony had four runway shows, including those of award winners Jill Stuart, Sandy Dalal and Gymboree, two performances by aspiring pop stars Andy Roda and Tawney Giles and 11 award presentations, some only marginally related to fashion, such as “Best Dressed Man of the Year,” Pat O’Brien from “Access Hollywood.”
“I’d like to thank Armani, Zegna, Tommy and Michael Jordan for my underwear,” he cracked. “That’s when I’m not wearing P. Diddy.”
While the event — which ran nearly five hours — was geared toward the fashion industry, emcee Hal Sparks of “Queer as Folk,” held no reservations about skewering the audience, ridiculing the models and a show from students at Parsons and FIT. “I think you can look for some of those clothes in the upcoming release of ‘Star Wars II,”‘ he said. Sparks drew a few gasps as well when he critiqued the rubber chicken dinner, thanking “United Airlines for providing the food.”
It might have helped his act had he checked the list of presenters, which included Lisa Beamer, whose husband died on United Flight 93 in the Sept. 11 hijackings.