Last night I attended a book launch party for Secrets of the Model Dorm by Amanda Kerline and Phil Oh in the Sanctuary, at the Tribecca Grand Hotel. I’ve passed the building many times, but never really had either the time or the reason to drop in.
The hotel is chic and modern, the quintessential “I’m cool and I know it” place to be. The Sanctuary is in the way-back part of the bar. Go through the lobby, get to the first part of the bar, go through formidable, opaque glass doors, and you’re “in.”
I got there early, planning to stay just a short while, but while DJ Prince Language and James Friedman kept the music going, and with a glass of Palmes d’Or Champagne and then an OJ and Svedka (you’ve got to boost your intake of Vitamin C during cold and flu season–right?) I found the Sanctuary a cozy place to spend a couple of hours.
I was briefly introduced to Amanda Kerline, who was bubbly and beautiful (she is a model, of course). I didn’t meet the other author, Phil Oh, who apparently lives in Brooklyn and has some sort of fashion publication called Street Peeper). Phil, if you’re out there, get it touch!
The crowd was primarily under 30 and everyone was hugging and air kissing. I have the strong feeling that some of the real people present are “fictionalized” in the book. They were a good looking, lively bunch. Everyone was having a great time.
And, as to the book, I haven’t read it yet because I don’t have a copy (it just launched a day or two ago). From the descriptions on Amazon, one can assume you’ll get a healthy and fast-paced dose of sex, drugs, New York nightlife, and some dishing on how models deal with other models in an industry that can chew a girl up, and spit her out if she’s not careful. Should be FUN–especially with Mercedes Fashion Week just a few weeks away.
I hope to get the book from the Simon & Schuster publicist (whom I also met ) and if so, you’ll be seeing my review in the next Advice Sisters Enews. If you want to get my book reviews, get the free Enews (go to http://www.advicesisters.net/thankyou.html and sign up)!