Friday, March 5, 2010

USA Network's Character Approved Awards Cocktail Reception

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Victoria's Secret model search winner Kylie Bisutti

Model Tiiu Kuik

WWE's Kelly Kelly and WEE Wrestler Big Show

White Collar's Tim DeKay

White Collar's Willie Garson and Sharif Atkins

Kim Weling and Character Approved 2010 design honoree Yves Behar
Great to see Yves again (Yves designed pieces for the MINI_motion collection when I used to work for BMW's MINI Cooper brand). Last year Yves partnered with PACT to design a line of eco-friendly underwear.

Kim Weling and White Collar's Matt Bomer

A quick interview with Matt Bomer

On February 25th, USA Network and Vanity Fair hosted an exclusive cocktail reception for Character Approved 2010 honorees at the IAC Building. This marked the second annual Character Approved Awards, honoring ten remarkable individuals who are changing the face of American culture. Inspired by the USA Characters Welcome brand, honorees are recognized across a variety of disciplines including art, philanthropy, new media and film.
The Character Approved 2010 honorees are:
Green Day (Music)
Kathryn Bigelow (Film/TV)
Nora Ephron (Writing)
Narciso Rodriguez (Fashion)
Angela Brooks (Architecture)
Kehinde Wiley (Art)
Yves Behar (Design)
Dan Barber (Food)
Jessica Jackley (Giving)
Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy (New Media Technology)
Attendees included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeff Goldblum, Saffron Burrows, Piper Perabo, Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Constantine Maroulis, Tinsley Mortimer, Tamara Tunie, Tiiu Kuik, Kylie Bissuti, Alexandra Richards, Nicole Miller, Erin Fetherston, Narciso Rodriguez, Gabourey Sidibe, Reshma Shetty, Nole Marin, Big Show, Tim DeKay, Sharif Atkins, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen and one of my favorites, Matt Bomer.

I have been a fan of Matt Bomer ever since he played Bryce Larkin on Chuck, and am excited to see him as Neal Caffrey on White Collar. Shortly after attending this reception, I started watching Burn Notice and after one episode I am hooked. Unfortunately my dvr is always full and I don't have time to start watching new shows, but cast members from Psych, Law & Order and Royal Pains also attended. After the red carpet, there was a live performance by the Cast of Green Day's American Idiot. Braving the snow blizzard was definitely worth it, to mingle amongst an amazing, friendly, down-to-earth crowd. - Kim Weling

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