October 28, 2011
Some shots ( most duplicates of my previous post) from last night’s Project Runway Party at the delightful Carlton Savannah. It was such a great time and a lovely bunch of people. Glad Anya won so I didn’t have to throw myself off the rooftop in true drama queen fashion.
Here is her family reacting right after. Amazingly even her family did not know the result ahead of time.
And this was Anya speaking via Skype from NYC just before the win.
October 14, 2011
Project Runway Season 9 is heading towards the finale and anyone interested in fashion is biting their nails every Thursday night. Here in T&T everyone who isn’t in a coma is following Anya Ayoung-Chee and hoping that she wins. So far she is, in my view , the best by far. If you don’t know who Anya is you are missing out. You can read about her on Wikipedia.
I was honored to be invited by her to her Project Runway viewing party at the Carlton Savannah in T&T this evening. I seldom go out but with such an invitation it was a no-brainer.
Here are some sights and sounds of an amazing evening.
And Anya also spoke about her experiences on Project Runway.
As I spent much of my time hanging out with her amazing Mom I think it is only right that I put her video interview up too.
In fact, Michelle and I were saying that we should make her video interview as popular as Anya’s. I am all over this. I fear I may fail.
And just in case, this was my last interview with Anya and I hope to chat with her again when she wins – and if she doesn’t win – she will have been robbed.
I can say I had the most wonderful time imaginable with Anya and her family – and I love the fact her mom insisted I sit next to her. I had an amazing evening which culminated with a hug from Anya. This was one of the best evenings in a long time.
Thank you Anya.
August 7, 2008
Well I survived my Minshall interview(s) and apparently the feedback indicates it made for excellent TV. It is never easy interviewing someone you have known for a long time and who you know is not just a local creative genius but a creative genius who has made the world gasp in wonder.
I chose to wear black knowing that he would too and when I picked him up to drive to the station ( forgetting the station vehicle shutting down on me) he was, in fact, dressed in his trademark black. I assessed his mood as he can be rather mercurial and determined that I would allow him free reign. Minsh can either hold back and force you to pull things out of him or he can just be in a mood to express – this was an expression day and there was no way i was going to get in his way. As it turned out he hadn’t said all he wanted to say after the first interview so we immediately decided to do a second interview. They basically consisted of me introducing Minsh and asking a question or two and the rest was just pure Minshall. I am not one of those interviewers who thinks it is essential to make my presence felt every minute by jumping in with interjections for no good reason. People tune in to hear what the guest has to say and since Minsh is not involved in spending public funds or causing suffering by poor management it was fine to let him talk. What ensued, upon looking at the broadcasts yesterday and today was akin to an extemporaneous performance of King Lear done by Olivier. Minshall is gripping on camera.
In other news, as shallow as it may seem, I have been addicted to So You Think You Can Dance on Fox for the entire season. I watch each episode zealously and end up crying several times because I love dance and when it is done well as it often is on the show it moves me deeply. From the very beginning I picked an unlikely favourite – Joshua. He is a street dancer with little training, his butt is too big for a dancer, his body is not a dancer’s body but he had spirit , an incredible gift and tremendous power. Joshua did jumps that seemed impossible and did presses and catches that seemed to have been accomplished by computer graphics. He is a brilliant dancer and left me breathless several times. Amazingly, this evening he won the competition and i felt like an Apple stock investor again. I assumed a cute white boy would win the vote based on the masses of white suburban girls voting but I was wrong. Apparently in this case democracy worked. I am still not a complete fan because G. W. Bush has been President of the U.S. for two terms..but I had a moment of doubt this evening.