You're invited to a garden party! (Or I should say, you're invited to look at pictures of a garden party.) It's the Art for Life benefit in East Hampton, NY July 19th. A gala filled with celebrities, most matching in lavender (or purple) and white. The lady in red and director Brett Ratner apparently didn't get the memo, but they let them get drunk there anyway.
All the important black people showed up, including the new governor of New York, David Paterson and music mogul Russell Simmons. And where Simmons goes, so goeth his latest hot model girlfriend.
This year's flavor is Porchla Coleman.
Mmmm ... modelicious. Sure, none of these hot models from ex-wife Kimora Lee to Denise Vasi to Porchla would be even seen next to the troll-like Simmons if he weren't worth untold millions and filled to the brim with hip hop magic powers, but both parties probably recognize that and choose to engage in the fantasy that he's so cute and funny and she's so interesting.
And the "littlest" Simmons were there, sans their model, gaudy bauble hawker mommy.
Adorable. They make my biological clock tick so thunderously. And they are the best part of Kimora's reality show, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, insanely cute and funny kids.
(Left-to-right) Lola Ogunnaike, Soledad O'Brien, a mystery woman (WireImage didn't provide a name ... lazy WireImage) and Danny Simmons
Grant Hill, looking big eared and petrified in this pic, with his diminutive, adorable wife Tamia.
Run, Aretha! It's Tracey Edmonds! Wait. You're not a famous man with money. Never mind. Side note: Tracey actually looks very pretty in these pictures (the dress is so light and the layers look like flower petals. She looks perfect for the event) and while I make fun of her because I'm pro-Babyface and anti-Tracey, I am glad she dodged that bullet with Eddie Murphy. No woman deserves that.
(Left-to-Right) Tracey Edmonds, Tracy Mourning, Erica Reid, Gayle King and Soledad O'Brien. Soledad seems like she should have dressed up more, but I've never been too impressed with her fashion choices outside of CNN. She's just much prettier than ... that. As for Gayle King ... sigh. I just can't bring myself to care unless Oprah is there. Did Oprah show up at Art for Life? No? Bye, Gayle.
Who's scarier? Aretha Franklin or the mother of the "Shiny Suit Man," Janice Combs? This is a toughie, but considering Aretha gave me "Do Right Woman" and all Janice gave me was Sean "Diddy" Combs -- Janice, you ARE the scariest looking woman in this picture.
Soo pretty. I even like the understatement of the flats.
Gayle? That dress is not on hit. It's something a bride would force on her closest friends at her wedding to make sure all the bridesmaids look far more ridiculous than her. The flower blossoming out of your bosom is not doing much for me.
And finally, the Gov and Ed Lover. Everyone wants a little pinch of that Paterson magic and Ed Lover feels the love.