Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Anderson Cooper Attends RL50 Fashion Show and Celebration

With Jim Scuitto in the AC360 anchor chair Friday night, many wondered where was Anderson Cooper?  Later in the evening photos began to appear of Anderson attending Ralph Lauren's 50th Anniversary Show and Dinner with Andy Cohen.   Anderson has discussed his modeling work for Ralph Lauren when he was a child.   Vanity Fair had the following description.  (Please click on link for full artice.)  ~

It was a surreal scene in Central Park on Friday night. Vintage trolleys had been procured for the journey from the 72nd street entrance to Bethesda Terrace, ferrying a mind-reeling number of stars—from Steven Spielberg to Oprah Winfrey to Kanye West—into the park for cocktails. The experience was not lost on one of those A-listers, Anne Hathaway. “How am I feeling about a huge retrospective in the middle of Central Park, while wearing borrowed diamonds and Ralph Lauren?” she asked gazing around. “Yeah, it feels really good.”

Though she didn’t make it to the show, Hillary Clinton arrived for dinner and broke away from her conversation with Huma Abedin to speak to Vanity Fair about her surprising history with the legendary designer. “I know Ralph very well. He and I worked together back in the 90s,” she said. “I had this project called Save America’s Treasures, and one of the most important treasures we saved was the Star Spangled Banner—the actual flag that flew over Fort McHenry in the war of 1812. It was totally deteriorated. The conservation of that flag was one of the highest priorities—it was very expensive and very difficult to do—but Ralph is the one who I went to in ‘98, and he’s the one who contributed the money to do it. He funded the project. He’s such a great example of Americana.”

On the other side of the esplanade, a bow-tied Pierce Brosnan was in full James Bond regalia. “It’s the bow tie, it’s the suit,” he said by way of explanation. “It’s an emblem of that character and forever so.” As it turned out Pierce wasn’t the only Brosnan present last night. “My son is in the show,” Brosnan said smiling proudly. “He doesn’t know that I’m here. He’s 17, and he just landed this job just a few days ago. Then my wife yesterday morning said, ‘You’ve got to go. You’ve got to get on a plane and go see him.’”

Anderson Cooper, accompanied by Andy Cohen reflected on his own history with Lauren. “It’s really fun to be here. I used to work for Ralph when I was a kid,” he said. “I was a fittings model. I used to go like once a week and they would try the new kids' clothes on me.”

Just Jared had an article and photos.  Click here for more.  

Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and a couple other guests posted photos from the event to their Instagram accounts ~ 

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Pragya said...

Thank you for making this post! I actually wanted to ask you guys something about this. Kelly posted a pic of Mark and Anderson from the event, and apparently Andy Cohen talked about the conversation they were having (which Hillary Clinton overheard) on Radio Andy yesterday morning! If you guys find that clip, could you post it here :)

noonwyn said...

Thanks for those great pictures.
He is especially gorgeous in the 2 pictures from Kelly Ripa's IG !
It seems he (at last!)had that thing under his left eye fixed.

The ATA Team said...


We are unable to post Sirius XM clips unless they share them. We have not been able to find where they shared the clip from Monday's Andy Cohen Live. We did listen to the program and here's a brief rundown of Andy's description of events from the RL 50th Anniversary event.
- It was Black Tie and everyone wore Ralph Lauren. Anderson picked Andy up and they went together to the event. They were dropped off at 5th Avenue and taken by trolley to the fashion show at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
- While in line for the Red Carpet they debated if they should be photographed together or separately. Andy wanted together, Anderson was afraid people would think they were dating. They opted for separately, but then the photographers asked them to pose together.
- At the fashion show the seating for their row was: Mark, Kelly Ripa, Nina Garcia, Tracee Ellis Ross, Andy, Anderson, Cheryl Crowe, Martha Stewart and Tony Bennet
- There was a seated dinner for 500 people following the fashion show. There were large tables around the Bethesda Fountain and Andy was seated next to Kelly and across from Anderson. Their table was next to the one with Oprah. They were having a conversation about nipples when Hillary Clinton walked by. Andy was sure she heard them.

We will watch to see if a clip does become available, but this is the best we can do at this time. Hope it helps.