Sunday, June 08, 2003

Party of the Year?

Stan Herman may feel that the CFDA Awards (because of their recent ‘exclusivity’) have transcended the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Ball as THE place to be and the ‘Party of the Year’, but you certainly couldn’t tell it from the ensuing press coverage.

Not only were hordes of paparazzi and video crews lined up on the steps of the Met’s red carpet, primed to capture the star arrivals for major news stations and network television, but pictures and features of the event were subsequently EVERYWHERE. But you can’t say the same about last Monday’s festivities at The New York Public Library, where there wasn't even a 'real' red carpet.

Apres party reviews may have been recorded in WWD, and The New York Post, where it was even given a double page color spread, but hardly any mention was made on local news or entertainment shows.

And The New York Times certainly didn’t go overboard with print or images. Cathy Horyn penned a column that ran without any pictures in the ‘Metro’ section two days later. And in today’s ‘Style’ section, it was given less coverage than some of the week's other fesitivities within Bill Cunningham's 'Evening Hours' section where it was represented by only four black and white pictures (including one of Anna Wintour and her 'fashion editor in training' daughter Bee). I guess the folks at the embattled newspaper are a bit more concerned with other pressing matters these days… In any event, it hardly helped bolster the organization’s attempt to position the CFDA’s as Seventh Avenue’s ‘answer’ to the Oscars.

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