Fashion’s Night Out 2012

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Much like last year, I had a fun, magical FNO on the UES of Manhattan at the Oscar de la Renta store with friends, a great band, and Oscar himself. Oh, and a lovely actress you may recognize. 😉

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It was over in the blink of an eye. But I had so much fun, between the event, and my daily shows, I’m now exhausted, and having trouble keeping my eyes open long enough to write this! I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves again, because really, what more is there to add?

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Oscar serenading.

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Fashion’s Night Out With Oscar de la Renta

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When rumors of this year’s FNO events started swirling around, I wondered, what could I possibly do that would top spending the past two years of FNO with Gwen Stefani. Well tonight, I got my answer!

Thanks to the amazing ladies of Oscar de la Renta’s PR department, I got to spend Fashion’s Night Out watching Oscar himself, and a mariachi band sing to the crowd in his Madison Avenue boutique. The store was packed full of friends and admirers, but everyone was so happy and excited, it wasn’t as overwhelming as some FNO events can be.

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The mariachi band.

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A partygoer’s dress.

Everyone was laughing, and cheering, and having fun. At one point, the crowd went wild. Assuming everyone was really excited for Oscar to begin singing again, I was shocked to look up and see Sarah Jessica Parker had made her way to the stage to be serenaded by Oscar.

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After a few songs, both Sarah Jessica, and Oscar made lovely speeches, gushing over how much they admire each other. It was adorable, and almost made me a little teary eyed. When SJP was on her way out, I got to tell her the effect her speech had on me as she passed by, which she said was sweet.

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The mariachi band’s singer.

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The crowd saying goodbye to Oscar.

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Whatever these are, they were made with some of the best chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. And I don’t really even like chocolate!

Soon it was time for me to head home. I couldn’t believe it was just after 8pm– It’s been such a long day, it felt more like midnight. But it’s safe to say my FNO adventure might have been short, but it was definitely sweet. Like the past two years of FNO, I’ll be sure to remember tonight forever.

See more photos from FNO at Oscar de la Renta here.

®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

Sex and the City 2

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In celebration of the movie’s release this weekend, I’m re-posting some of the videos I shot behind the scenes on set last October. I was there the night Smith Jerrod’s “film premiere” was shot. Miley Cyrus was also there, and makes a cameo appearance in one of the videos posted below.

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Despite what the series’ critics might say about it “going on too long” I’m excited for the second film! I’ll be seeing it first thing Friday morning (for $6 I might add!) to be sure I’m not spoiled and avoid this weekend’s crowds. Are you as excited as I am?

My (very long) night on set: Part 1 and Part 2.

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View the full photo set here.

All Photos, Videos, and content ®2009-2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost.

My (Very Long) Night on the Set of Sex and the City 2, Part #2

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Kim Cattrall and Miley Cyrus filming a scene where they both wear the same outfit. Please excuse the video cutting away for a few seconds at the end. Controlling 2 camera’s at once was hard!

After waiting for about an hour in the cold, the SATC 2 crew returned from their “lunch” break at around 2:45am. Shortly after, filming began again!

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Sarah Jessica and Chris, waving to the fans watching from across the street.

The second scene filmed featured Carrie, Big, Anthony, and Stanford walking the red carpet, and trying to get in to the premiere. The group was stopped by a security guard reprimanding them for being on the red carpet but not being celebrities. Then Anthony spots Samantha, and all is well. During this scene, Anthony referred to his “husband” as having the film’s tickets. Confirming rumors that Anthony and Standford do indeed get married in (or before) movie 2.


The cast filming with Kim Cattrall’s stand in.

Sarah Jessica, Chris, Willie, and Mario ran through this scene what seemed like dozens of times. At one point, director Michael Patrick King became visibly flustered when the wrong lines were read, and fake flashbulbs used in the scene did not seem to be cooperating. But the situation was quickly rectified and filming continued smoothly.
While the 4-some filmed, Kim Cattrall watched from the sidelines. Smiling at her cast mates, and hanging out with the crew.

After noticing the small crowd of photographers shooting her, Kim smiled at all of us. I mentioned loving her *very* shiny gold nail polish, and she said “thanks” and twirled her nails for the crowd.

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Kim Cattrall and crew.

All of the actors on set were more than friendly towards photographers. Excluding Sarah Jessica Parker, who while not rude, seemed a bit skittish and hid from photographers every time her scenes were completed. She was however incredibly friendly with the cast and crew, making jokes with Chris and Willie. Relaying direction from the crew (SJP is an exec. producer), and fixing their hair, etc.
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My best shot of SJP, with Willie Garson.

The rest of the cast smiled and joked about the paparazzi. Kim Cattrall smiled and winked at me numerous times over the course of the night. Chris Noth asked a photographer who shot him blowing his nose if he “wanted the kleenex with the booger in it too”. (The photographer promised to delete the photo. ) I was really impressed by the talent, friendliness, and excitement demonstrated by all the actors of this film. So many “younger” actors and actresses don’t possess half the professionalism of these people, many who have been in the industry for 20+ years. It would be good for certain younger celebrities I’ve seen on set to remember they won’t get anywhere by being standoffish, angering their fans, or acting like they are too good to be there. In the bigger picture, they are nobodies compared to these guys.

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Chris Noth getting a touch up

I was equally impressed with the friendliness of the crew. Everyone in the group, cast and crew, seemed happy to be working on this movie. The crew was extra helpful with any questions fans had about filming, and even sometimes helping to make sure the photographers got their shots. I had quite a few discussions with various PA’s and other friendly crew members about how they got this job, and what other sets they had worked on in the past. I even found out that the production was moving to Morocco for 7 weeks the following day, but would eventually be back filming in New York once again before completion.

After the main cast had filmed all of their scenes, a short scene with Tim Gunn and a lady friend entering the premiere was filmed.

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Tim Gunn.

The set started clearing out, with a large portion of the cast and crew heading back in to the theatre to warm up. A few brave fans still lined up against the barricade across the street. Most likely hotel guests who dashed in and out of their rooms to see the filming. Upstairs in the lounge, even more fans were visible watching at the window.

Right before I started to call it a night, Kim and Jason Lewis returned to the set and started rehearsing their next scene with the director. I heard Kim suggesting a few changes for Jason’s positioning during the scene.

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Jason and Kim talking to Michael Patrick King.

I finally decided it was time to head home around 5:30am. I’d been out side in the cold for nearly 10 hours, and was exhausted. By that time only one other (very friendly!) photographer was left on set. We both said our goodbyes, and decided to call it a night. Looking back, I’m glad I stayed as long as I did. It was a fun experience, and I got to see things very few people have seen or experienced. It’s something I’ll never forget, and now I can’t wait to watch the movie! I went home with over 1,000 photos. Edited down, the best 70+ images are here.

All Photos, Videos, and Content ® 2009 RS/The Greyest Ghost
Please do not use with out my permission.

My (Very Long) Night on the Set of Sex and the City 2, Part #1

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Friday night, I went to the Ziegfeld theater to watch the filming of Sex and the City 2. The theater was set up for a fictional movie premiere. The fake movie was “Heart of the Desert” starring Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis). The theater and surrounding areas were covered subway sized posters, and promotional signs with photos of Smith. A fake ticket check in area led to the red carpet, with a line of paparazzi (really just actors) waiting to photograph the arrivals.

I go to the set around 7:30pm. The scene was set, but the crew was just starting to set up. An extremely friendly PA told the crowd that the stars were not yet on set, the production was running behind, and instead of the 9pm start time it would now be starting at 11pm. I honestly considered leaving, heading back to Brooklyn or at least over to somewhere like Borders to kill a few hours. But the crowd was growing, and I was worried about losing my front row spot. (Fans were positioned across the street, along a barricade in front of a local hotel). Drunken hotel guests continually ambled outside of the hotel bar to see the filming spectacle. Some screamed out for their favorite characters, while others heckled the fans waiting in line for the “dumb movie”.

While waiting, I met some fans anxious to see the film’s stars. Most were tourists, lucky enough to accidentally discover the set while traveling around Manhattan. A lot were (sober) hotel guests who had received a notice about the filming, and run downstairs to see it for themselves. (Hotel guests received a note that SATC2 would be filming outside from 7pm-3am. A note that ended up being completely inaccurate.) I spoke to 2 very sweet girls from Vancouver who ended up being my waiting buddies. We held each others spots while we got food, or tea or went in to the hotel to warm up.

After waiting what seems like forever, and heading to a cafe for a short dinner break, the crew finally appeared to be ready. Right before filming started, I was able to see Jason Lewis, Tim Gunn, and the little girl who plays Charlotte’s daughter socializing inside of the Ziegfeld lobby. Twenty minutes or so later, Chris Noth (Mr. Big) appeared outside, and the entire crowd gasped. Not long after, Miley Cyrus appeared, but was just barely visible. Soon the set cleared, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, and various other cast members walked out to the red carpet. It was incredibly hard to see what was going on– the crew was huge, the fake paparazzi was blocking any view of the red carpet, and gawkers continued to walk back and forth in front of the set. One of the girls I was with crossed the street to the set side, to see if she would be chased away. She wasn’t. Her friend and I debated whether or not I would be able to do the same. So I decided to walk down the street, and cross over for an attempt.

When I got to the edge of the set, I was stopped by a PA asking everyone to please walk around on the other side. I told him I was there shooting for an agency, and he kindly moved out of my way. I was ON THE SET with the rest of the (real) paparazzi, and just feet away from the stars. (To be 100% honest, I was shooting for an agency. A friend of mine had asked me to cover the event on spec for the agency she works at. They just didn’t end up running the photos. The average person would need a NYC press pass to get anywhere near the filming. I *do not* recommend trying to get on set with out one. NYPD will kick you out if you try to get inside the coned off filming areas with out a pass.)

Cast members posed for a brief photo op, before dashing back in to the Ziegfeld to stay warm. Soon the cameras began rolling, and Miley Cyrus and Kim Cattrall were filming first. They were doing a scene where Samantha (the girlfriend and PR agent of Smith Jerrod) greets other guests on the red carpet, only to find out she is wearing the exact same outfit as Miley. At first, I couldn’t see a thing. There were so many photographers (real and fake) mobbing the set that I didn’t get a single good shot. Luckily, the scene was filmed at 4 or 5 different angles. So after some of the photographers left, and the cameras moved from the left to right sides of the scene, I was able to get some shots.

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Kim Cattrall and Miley Cyrus.

Miley and Kim continued for what seemed like two hours. During their filming, more and more fans kept lining up across the street to watch. Hotel guests crowded the second and third floor lobbies, sitting in front of the windows trying to get a better view. They left the red carpet, and the crew broke for “lunch”.

To be Continued…