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Fashionable TV: Awards pointless but fun

Sunday, October 21, 2001

By LaMont Jones, Post-Gazette Fashion Editor

Who will win Model of the Year, Female Artist and the Red Carpet Award?

Who will wear the most outrageous outfit, utter the most memorable remarks and give the most outrageous performance?

 
 
TV PREVIEW

"VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards"

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday on VH1.

   
 

That's one of the best things about the annual VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards - you never know what will happen or who will make it happen.

The seventh annual awards presentation will be as exciting as ever, promises creative director Candy Pratts-Price. But it will feature a special surprise by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to acknowledge the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, she says.

"It will definitely be a tribute to what occurred, and there will be proceeds to help numerous causes."

Pratts-Price's team began planning the show in May. After Sept. 11, there were serious discussions about whether to cancel the show or continue planning.

 
  By the numbers

Numbers as well as names help to tell the story. For trivia buffs, here's a look at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards by the numbers:

1 network president and CEO (VH1's John Sykes).
1 chic magazine editor-in-chief (Vogue's Anna Wintour, of course).
11 miles of electrical cord.
12 designers.
19 bottles of hair spray.
20 presenters.
25 models.
36 feet of red carpet.
41 guitar picks.
74 tubes of lip gloss.
129 safety pins.
178 bottles of Evian water.
262 pairs of stilettos.
432 lights.
989 pounds of jewelry.

   
 

"You're asking artists to do different things," she said, "and you don't know what's occurred in their lives, who they may have lost in the tragedies. You're walking a bit on pins and needles.

"But we also were very aware of the other things that were in the news," she continued, mentioning President Bush's and New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani's requests that people try to continue life as normally as possible.

"This is a part of America's normal routine. Music and dance and comedy and fashion. It's not just a show. Killing the show or postponing the show means that the electrician doesn't work, either - the carpenters, the painters. A lot of people don't work."

Viewers used to watching the awards show may notice a number of changes.

For one, in lieu of a host, several special presenters - unconfirmed at press time -will move the program along. It was to be taped without interruption Oct. 19 with commercials later inserted for Tuesday night's broadcast.

A club-like atmosphere akin to the Golden Globes will greet the anticipated 800 guests in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Table seating will allow guests to enjoy drinking and smoking.

Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp and Lenny Kravitz are among big-name entertainers lined up to perform. Among other celebs expected to take part are Angie Harmon, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Dylan McDermott, Renee Zellweger, Lil' Kim, Gisele, Nelly, Salma Hayek, Jason Sehorn, Christian Slater, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Noth and Courtney Love.

Awards will be handed out in 12 categories, including leading man, sharply dressed man, stylish group, rock revolutionary, designer of the year, rebel designer of the year, best-dressed television show, leading man and glamorous newcomer.

There's also a "visionary video" category. The winner was selected online by visitors to VH1.com. Vying for that award are U2, Radiohead, Fatboy Slim, Aerosmith, Everclear, the Dave Matthews band and Moby/Gwen Stefani.

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