Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Friday, February 1 10:00AM Heart Truth – The Tent 12:00PM Duckie Brown – The Salon (waiting to hear) 3:00PM BCBG Max Azria (Confirmed) 5:00PM Rag & Bone – Cipriani 42nd (Waiting to hear from) 6:00PM Nicole Miller – The Salon (Confirmed) 7:00PM Erin Featherston – The Promenade (Confirmed) 8:00PM Baby Phat – Roseland (Waiting) 8:00PM Project Runway Designers (outside arrivals) 9:00PM Venexiana – The Salon (Confirmed) Saturday, February 2 10:00AM Lacoste – The Tent (confirmed) 12:00PM Costello Tagliapietra 15 E 27th St (waiting to hear) 3:00PM Alexandre Herchcovitch (Confirmed) 5:00PM Alexander Wang ( (Confirmed and excited) 8:00PM Rock & Republic (Waiting to hear, but I will be shooting AP) Sunday, February 3 11:00AM Herve Leger by Max Azria (Confirmed) 2:00PM Preen 635 w. 42nd St. (Waiting), will shoot arrivals if not credentialed. 3:00PM Tracy Reese - Will shoot arrivals outside 4:00PM DVF – I have tickets for her show and will shoot as much as they allow me. 6:00PM Charlotte Ronson – (Waiting)
7:00PM Tuleh – The Promenade - Waiting, but shouldn't be a problem to shoot because of Super Bowl 7:00PM Kirsten Dunst Sweater Show 8:00PM Miss Sixty – The Tent; Waiting, but again Super Bowl

Gandolfini Attacks #1 Fan! See who else he's a #1 Fan of..

James Gandolfini — the "Sopranos" TV mobster who made a living rubbing out nuisances, including his own kin — whacked a self-proclaimed "No. 1 fan" in the face at JFK Airport on Tuesday.

Click here to see video

Sporting a grizzly beard and wary with jet lag, Gandolfini had just stepped off a red-eye flight from L.A. after Sunday night's SAG awards when autograph hound Jason Ertischek, 24, of Brooklyn approached him with a piece of paper and pen in hand. "Can I be a 'Sopranos' baby?" Ertischek asked the star in a whiny, tough-guy accent. Gandolfini, with new wife Deborah Lin by his side, ignored Ertischek as paparazzi snapped away. Then the hulking actor suddenly whipped around and smushed the man's face with his hand. Click here for the rest of the New York Post report.

Two weeks ago this same opportunist gave Katherine Heigl a gift of Nicorette patches. Check out the video with the #1 fan handing her the boxes. (I think TMZ is making a fortune off this kid)

I wrote about this same "autograzzi" last July after the last celebrity he stalked told me about the incident you won't believe:


But I am shooting the Red Dress Event on Friday. That's a big get for me, I am usually relegated to the elements outside the tents near the stage door. Thank you for your red carpet credential request for the Gucci/Madonna event, "A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi and UNICEF," on February 6th. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate your request -- we will keep your information and contact you should the status change. For additional information, please contact: Best, Laura

Monday, January 28, 2008


Confessions is winding down as we gear up for NYC's Fall Fashion Week 2008. I have been sending letters to the houses day and night, doing extensive research to determine all the right parties for me to cover and preparing my equiptment for intensive coverage for my agency and for my readers. One of the most exciting events I hope to cover is the Gucci/Mawli/Madonna event next Wednesday. I haven't heard if I am in yet, but my fingers are crossed. image

With its largest flagship in the world opening on Fifth Avenue during New York Fashion Week, complete with a sparkling charity bash hosted by Madonna on February 6, the Italian house launched today an online valentine to the Big Apple. The site, with a cute URL of Gucci Loves NY, offers a preview of the massive retail temple--designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini and celebrity architect James Carpenter. It also features Madonna's "I Love New York" as soundtrack; a Google map with Frida and designer Mark Lee's favorite shops, eateries, nightclubs and other haunts; pics and entries from established bloggers and, well, whomever wants to contribute. Gucci will add the best entries to the map and the four top posts will score a limited-edition Gucci Loves NY handbag.image

As usual I will try and do entries of my days events, although they might not always include photos. I leave on Thursday to pick up my credentials at the Tents. Oh and I am attending the DVF show with my friend Kati.


You may be too late this year, but it seems that if you have a gold AMEX card you can purchaase tickets. 29-Jan-08 7:30 PM SOLD OUT-- LA Lakers Honorary Team Captain Experience 1/29 ---- LA Lakers vs. New York Knicks STAPLES Center - Los Angeles, CA (Amex) Off Sale 01-Feb-08 10:00 AM Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2008, Perry Ellis *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX 01-Feb-08 2:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Rubin Singer, BCBGMAXAZRIA *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 01-Feb-08 7:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Erin Fetherston *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 04-Feb-08 9:00 AM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Peter Som, Carolina Herrera *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 04-Feb-08 2:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Betsey Johnson *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX Off Sale 04-Feb-08 6:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Max Azria, Ports 1961 *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 05-Feb-08 10:00 AM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 05-Feb-08 2:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Dennis Basso, Diesel *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 05-Feb-08 7:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Vivienne Tam *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 06-Feb-08 10:00 AM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Nanette Lepore, Michael Kors *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 06-Feb-08 1:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Carlos Miele, Anna Sui *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 06-Feb-08 5:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - 3.1 Phillip Lim, Temperley London *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 07-Feb-08 8:00 AM The UP Experience Stafford Performing Arts Theatre - Houston, TX (AMEX) 07-Feb-08 10:00 AM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Vera Wang, Naeem Khan *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 07-Feb-08 2:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Bill Blass, Reem Acra *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 07-Feb-08 7:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Custo Barcelona, Zac Posen *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 08-Feb-08 9:00 AM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Project Runway *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 08-Feb-08 12:00 PM Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Tadashi Shoji, Carmen Marc Valvo *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX 08-Feb-08 5:00 PM SOLD OUT-- Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week VIP Package - Zang Toi *scheduled to show The Tents at Bryant Park - AMEX **UNAVAILABLE 09-Feb-08 10:45 AM SOLD OUT -- Boston Celtics Open Practice Session The Sports Authority Training Center in Waltham, MA Off Sale 13-Feb-08 7:00 PM CH Carolina Herrera Valentine's Day Shopping - Dallas, TX CH Carolina Herrera, Northpark Center - Dallas, TX 13-Feb-08 7:00 PM CH Carolina Herrera Valentine's Day Shopping - Houston, TX CH Carolina Herrera, The Galleria - Houston, TX **UNAVAILABLE

Friday, January 25, 2008


This guy isn't checking his messages, he's synchronizing his timepiece to the camera
behind him. The cameraman is setting the camera's timer to coincide with the reporter's watch so that if the speaker gives a good soundbite, the reporter will note it and then find it when reviewing the tape. The speaker today is Hillary Clinton and Gov Ed Rendell

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

HEATH LEDGER DEAD, it's not supposed to be his turn

from 1/28/06 entry- BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN WITH HEATH LEDGER & JAKE GYLLENHAALNEED need I say more. Saw it 2xs. The 2nd time was much better as I really paid attention to what they were saying. I saw Heath Ledger at the premiere, but missed a good shot when he was signing for the autograzzi's and ignored the one fan truly there for him, I do have a nice picture of his and Michelle's back and head. A few frigid weeks later I saw him leaving GMA. He had just been nominated for a Golden Globe a few minutes before, I wished him well (I was proabably the first fan to do so, do I get a toaster? (BB should win for best picture) The best line in any romance movie has to be “I wish I knew how to quit you,” a frustrated Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) tells his not-so-easy lover, Ennis del Mar (Heath Ledger).

Monday, January 21, 2008


Most people want to know how do you get to see one of these fashion shows in NYC? How do I get tickets? You have to be invited by the designer or be friends with someone who gets an invite or be Press to get tickets to the show. Otherwise it's down right impossible, although a few people have been known to talk their way in, but I wouldn't bank on that situation. I applied last season to shoot the shows, but was turned down. You really have to have published "fashion work" to get approved, and although I had worked for a photo agency for over 9 months, I only had local stuff published in the Philly papers. Then I switched agencies and between October and today, I have had a lot of stuff published nationally and internationally. In fact just last month, in December a photo I took of Victoria Beckham at Septemeber's Fashion Week, specifically the Marc Jacobs show, was published in LOOK magazine in the UK. (Photo below: In between shows, alot of the photographers wait outside by the curb to see which celebrities will be dropped off at the stage door.) TODAY I GOT THIS EMAIL: CONGRATULATIONS! We are happy to inform you that your application for press and industry accreditation for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2008 Collections, February 1st - 8th, 2008, has been approved. A schedule of shows is available on our website, In the 3rd week of January we will send you a designer contact list to help you in securing invitations (Hmm what does that mean? aah more things to learn, you mean I have to contact the fashion designers now?.) Details on picking up credentials, policy changes, updates and other information will be provided in subsequent emails. (I am jumping up and down with excitement, and nervous as hell at the same time. I probably will need one of my friends to walk me through one to get my bearings.) (This pass will be going up on the wall and framed. It's really a personal accomplishment for me)

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Besides photographing the going ons every fashion season, I also trade in 50,000 points to attend my favorite show during Fashion Week... "Put your finger on a map of downtown New York City and you can feel the pulse of Heatherette. Richie Rich and Traver Rains have created a lifestyle brand that truly cultivates the popstar in everyone. Glitter, sequins, and dreams have driven Heatherette every step of the way, transforming them from the quintessential downtown buzz brand to a respected and revered player in the fashion industry. Heatherette will take you from the red carpet to the street, uptown downtown and every stop along the way. “THIS IS HEATHERETTE!”image(AP Photo)

Richie Rich the designerimage

Guests (I don't wear anything so outrageous, I'm kinda a nerd)image

Work that runway image

Jenna Jameson being escorted to her her vehicle, by NYC finest


Trevor Raines and Ritchie Rich with a few young fans


This year they'll be no Heatherette, Richie Rich, Trevor Raines or Paris as Heatherette is not on the schedule. Say it ain't so!" Yours truly is done. I absolutely adore, adore, adore this collection and the show it is a highlight of Fashion Week. Reports have come in that the duo is not commenting on why they are canceling the show but are promising to return in September and will be around for their M.A.C. for Heatherette launch this Spring. There are also rumors of them having an after-party this season, even without the show. I think I need to lay down.


So this year I have opted for Diane von Furstenburg


Until September my Heatherette friends...

Friday, January 18, 2008


Everyone's favorite AMERICAN IDOL 2nd runner up, Clay Aiken makes his debut in Spamalot on Broadway tonight in the same role as Tony winning, I'm out, proud and gay Broadway player David Hyde Pierce.


I love this from image


image Those Claymates are to be admired for their love of the Clay, but whether he's gay or not, why do they get so hostile?


ANNETTE AND VANESSA but most importantly people

Wednesday, I wrote an entry about a autograph seeker Annette who recently passed away. I wrote from the heart about who she was, and what she did, and how others treated her. One of the comments left on my blog stated that I disrespected her, but that wasn't the case at all, it takes a lotta chutzpah, a thick skin and intuition to be a successful autograph dealer (I don't have any of those attributes). You have to be aggressive, ruthless, and assertive because you need the 'graph more than the other guy. I respected them, I got to know them, and they were great business women and they provided a service to the fans all over the world by selling the stuff on Ebay. They didn't care if people like them or not. They didn't pander to anyone, if you respected them, they respected you. When Annette died I wanted to pay tribute in the most honest way I knew how and that was to give a little insight to the job they did, but also share the craziness that is this business. A lot people who do what we do are a bit crazy, and sometimes it's like high school, and there's fighting, and bickering and crap and lines drawn in the sand about who you should or shouldn't talk to. The one thing that got me in more trouble with these people is that I didn't want to follow those rules. I wanted to talk to everyone, and I did. (The TMZ does a great job and showcasing the insanity) I didn't mean any disrespect, and even though I stand by my entry I have removed it out of the remote, the very remote chance Vanessa ever saw my blog. God Bless Annette, I'll miss ya girl. P.S. while discussing this issue with friends, I came to realize I could never really write my book about my 18 month experience in the NYC "fan" "autograzzi" life, as I would probably piss off a lot of people about the truth I saw. Interestingly enough one of the most email questions I get is "how do I find these celebrity events", and to tell you the truth, my "friends" (including the guy who made this comment), my "friends" that are still in the business wouldn't appreciate it, and I really don't want to take any food out of their mouths. Plus instinctual I don't want you to know all my secrets, I have to maintain that poker face as to protect my future "exclusive" shots. OK now back to the "confessions" I will share.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Some People will do anything to get their photo taken even Jennifer Garner

Last night was the National Movie Board Awards which were held in NYC. I was going to go but as you know I was sick as a dog, plus it was COLD OUT!! But looky here my friend Anthony got the "Money Shot" of Jennifer Garner because she knows to get that fashion shot published, she's got to ditch the coat. imageYou can see to her right her assistant is holding her coat and in the background the fans are in their coats. I believe the temps were 30F last night. Did you know that everyday you could log onto and see your favorite celebrity out and about the night before. In fact some of these shots appear in the magazine the next week, and then some do not. It's a good place to go daily.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


I was shocked while watching GMA this morning and an interview with Diane Keaton. DK must have had too much caffeine as she first hits on Diane Sawyer, and then drops the F bomb on TV. I found a good write up on the Huffington Post: Diane Keaton had a highly-amusing "Good Morning America" interview with Diane Sawyer Tuesday to promote "Mad Money". After recounting how she once stole belts from Bloomingdales and has long honed her personality, Keaton turned the tables on Diane Sawyer. Saying how beautiful Sawyer is, Keaton complimented her lips, saying if she lips like that she wouldn't have had to work on her "fucking personality" and would be married by now. I got an "invite" to the Diane von Furstenburg fashion show on 2/3/08 and am taking my friend Katie. SO you all will get to see what it's like from the inside too.

Monday, January 14, 2008


The verdict is in...after falling in and out of sleep all day, I vote TMZ tv as the most entertaining up to date news station out there. Sheri Shepard is still as stupid as every especially since she thinks SHirley Bassey is the black Patti LaBelle. I'm going to join the Bob Greene/Oprah Live your best life challenge, I talked to my friends in NYC, they were hanging out at Letterman waiting for Katie Holmes to exit the taping of the show. They arrived yesterday, Tom, Suri and Katie. They went to FAO Schwartz last night. We are all wondering if there is going to be a screening as all the players are in NYC this week for TV shows. Anyone know?

Friday, January 11, 2008


Britney tricked us all and is in Mexico. Ozzy was in Philadelphia, but was shy. Check out for the story and photos. and have a good weekend. HughE I'll try and do a better job on Confessions next week. I found a new publishing system which will hopefully speed things up for me. It's not that I don't have the material, I just don't have the time. Thanks and have a good weekend. HughE

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Britney Spears flees her family and flies to NYC

Looks like I might have to visit the Big Apple this weekend...

Britney Spears flees her family BY CORKY SIEMASZKODAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Thursday, January 10th 2008, 4:00 AM Troubled pop tart Britney Spears skipped Los Angeles with her boyfriend on Wednesday night and flew here to avoid a planned intervention by her family later this week, sources close to her said. Pals said she hopped a private jet in Van Nuys with paparazzo boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and took off for Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where the couple landed last night. Where they went from there wasn't immediately known.

Britney is a huge seller. In fact just yesterday the LA Associated Press sent a memo to it's staff that if anyone has anything about Britney, be it a news article, a photo, a rumor, that it should be sent out on the wire. Sadly maybe it's a "Death Watch". In an internal email issued this afternoon, Los Angeles Associated Press assistant bureau chief Frank Baker notified his staff of a major policy change."Now and for the foreseeable future," he wrote, "virtually everything involving Britney is a big deal." OMG, did you hear? Britney is a BIG DEAL, y'all! Nervous breakdowns are totes the most efficient way to achieve household name status. (Source: Gawker)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Newly sworn-in Mayor Michael Nutter hosted an open house at City Hall Tuesday to meet the residents of Philadelphia on his first full day in office. The meet and greet was scheduled from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., but lasted much longer than the scheduled time ending at about 10PM. Those who attended had the opportunity to meet the mayor while enjoying performances from area school bands as well as Philadelphia pretzels and Tastykakes. Sightings include Joe Fraizer, the Philly Skyline team, and maybe Bjork?

Monday, January 07, 2008


but I am just a wuss with this weather. Next week there's an event in the Big Apple that I would like to cover, I even wrote out the letter for my credentials, but the temperature that day is only 32F and rain/snow. I just can't do it!! Look what I am passing up:
It's probably one of the few award shows going this year: THE 2007 NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW OF MOTION PICTURES AWARDS GALA PRESENTED BY BVLGARI
Guests expected to attend include winners: George Clooney (Best Actor, Michael Clayton), Julie Christie (Best Actress, Away From Her), Ben Affleck (Best Directorial Debut, Gone Baby Gone), Casey Affleck (Best Supporting Actor, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Amy Ryan (Best Supporting Actress, Gone Baby Gone), Ellen Page (Breakthrough Performance by an actress, Juno), Emile Hirsch (Breakthrough Performance by an actor, Into The Wild), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, No Country For Old Men), Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones (Best Ensemble Cast, No Country For Old Men), Tim Burton (Best Director, Sweeney Todd), Michael Douglas, Robert Osborne and Roger Deakins (Career Achievement Honorees). Additional award winners and presenters include: Lauren Bacall, Nicola Bulgari, Patricia Clarkson, Diablo Cody, Danny Devito, Andrew Dominik, Phil Donahue, Jessica Lange, Michael Murphy, Nancy Oliver, Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi, Julian Schnabel, Tilda Swinton, Marlo Thomas, Kathleen Turner and Mike Wallace.


Clinton Gets Emotional on Campaign Trail Edwards commented by saying: "I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the United States is also tough business," Edwards told reporters Laconia, New Hampshire. (He makes my skin crawl)

Thursday, January 03, 2008


WWW.PHILLYCHITCHAT.COM I would appreciate it, I have to get some sleep, but I will be updating that site daily. XOXOXOXOXXXO HughEPhotos

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


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