Fashion Week is upon us here in New York.
Last night, the amFAR Gala at Cipriani Wall Street served as a Fashion Week kick-off as well as a fundraiser. And, as you might have guessed, there was no shortage of VIP guests in attendance.
Arrivals were a little chaotic once tourists and Wall Street suits just out of work realized what was going on, but observing was still a treat. Among the guests I witnessed arrive were host Sarah Jessica Parker, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Elizabeth Hurley, Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer Hudson and the legendary Woody Allen.
While watching each arrival in fancy town cars, I spotted a familiar face in a dapper tuxedo walking up the street – it was Kellan Lutz! I had seen the "Twilight" star just 24 hours earlier when he left a taping of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," but so many people had been waiting for him that it was a mob scene when he left. He even tweeted about how crazy it was!
When Kellan saw me waiting he came over and gave me a big hug. Not to brag, but, at this point, I've met him so many times (and he's such a friendly guy), we're sort of on a first name basis.
"I saw you last night at NBC but it was so crazy," I told him.
"I know, I know! That was madness!" Kellan agreed enthusiastically.
I asked for a picture and of course he obliged, but the camera wouldn't go off because of all the photographer flashes behind us. Instead of leaving me behind to get inside the event, Kellan gave me another tight hug while my friend pulled out a second camera so we could give the picture one last try. (See, I told you he was a friendly guy).
Once arrivals were finished, I took a walk to get a quick bite to eat and warm up for a bit. Thankfully, I made it back just in time for departures, and Rose Byrne was the first guest to leave. While she waited for her car she posed for a picture in a suit jacket lent to her by her date.
Leighton Meester was next and, not only did she take a picture, she shared a potential "Gossip Girl" spoiler, "Well, there's always divorce!"
As if the night wasn't already a success, supermodel extraordinaire Cindy Crawford walked out looking just as incredible as she did 20 years ago. While other guests, including Lindsay Lohan, filled the sidewalk waiting for their cars and chatting with others, I spotted Gloria Estefan leaving. Not only did she stop for a picture with me, but when her security guard told her she couldn’t do any more she kept going until everyone outside had gotten one as well. Class act!
I think it’s safe to say this Fashion Week is off to a pretty good start!
Like many of you, Professional Fan Girl Lauren Cox has always had a fascination with movie stars. She's turned her hobby – hitting premieres and other events in New York City to meet them – into a blog, and now a NextMovie column. Keep up with her adventures meeting celebs by following her on Twitter.