Ruby Slipper Party: Celebrities, Booze & Shoes, Oh My

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Fashion week officially starts today, but it kicked off last night with an event at Saks: To celebrate the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, various designers created Swarovksi-crystal encrusted shoes inspired by the Ruby Slippers. The heels are on display in the windows and on the shoe floor in the store; later they'll be auctioned off to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. But on to the party! There were lots and lots of shoes, of course. A "yellow brick" carpet. Many Project Runway alums, Nigel Barker and Dorothy Gale herself, after the jump.

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While waiting outside, this Dorothy walked around and checked out the crowd.

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You forget how much of fashion week is just spent waiting in line. It's like an amusement park. After half an hour I forgot what I was waiting for. At least I was in the shadow of Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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There were Ruby Slippers on the sign in the elevator!

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Once inside, I was mesmerized by the shoes. The special Ruby Slippers were all under glass.

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You can see the "yellow brick carpet" here.

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These shoes were going to be in The Wizard Of Oz but… Oh, just read the text:

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Okay so, on to the partying. So weird to be drinking around shoes. Expensive designer shoes. Gucci, Louboutin, Dior. But! It's all about the celebs, right?

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Josh Radnor plays Ted on How I Met Your Mother. When I realized that this picture had no flash, I asked him if I could take another. That's when the mini burgers went by.

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So when I did get a better shot, he was gleefully holding a mini burger. Josh was there "with" Lindsay Price from Lipstick Jungle. I say "with" because it was less like a date and more like she was the only person he knew there or they had the same publicist or something.

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This is Paige Davis from Trading Spaces. I forget why we were so psyched.

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Next I saw ProjRun alum Santino Rice, who insisted on taking this picture himself and declared it "sweet."

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Another ProjRun alum: Kevin Christiana. He questioned whether he should be holding the crabcake in the photo but I said it was fine.

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Again, from ProjRun: Jack Mackenroth.

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It was really hard to get close to Nigel Barker. He was swarmed, then a whole bunch of young kids wanted their pictures taken with him. I think he thought I was with the kids. Anyway. My pic of him turned out crappy.

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But he was very gracious and very tall. The truth is, some of the best people at events like this are the non-famous peeps:

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(Well, Patrick McDonald is regionally famous.)

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Eventually, something was telling me "There's no place like home."

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As I left, I made sure to get a shot of the store windows…

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Then I clicked my heels three times… and took the subway. Earlier: The Power Of Ruby Slippers Patricia Field For Payless: Shoes, Booze & Drag Queens

DISCUSSION

I looove the glittery "ruby slippers" in the first pic.

As a kid, I won a Halloween costume contest for my fabulous Dorothy costume (complete with red-painted ballet shoes). I won a $50 gift certificate to the mall toy store, and it was the coolest thing EVER.

I heart The Wizard of Oz.