Holy Moly! Wowzer! Jeez Louise! There just aren’t enough reactionary words or exclamation points to describe the Monday night fete at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met). “The King of Joseon in New York: Night of Korea’s Royal Costume & Cuisine” celebrated the Joseon Dynasty (dates back to 1300′s!) and its rich imprint on the Korean culture.
Marth Stewart…THE domestic goddess… was so impressed with these food displays (placed in front of the King and Queen of Joseon, played by A-list Korean stars)
that she walked up to each decorative, edible tower to snap close-up pictures. Let me just say…she is 70 years YOUNG. Gorgeous skin and bouncy, shiny hair!
The Hanbok fashion show was out of this world. I mean…the Great Hall with its majestic dome at the Met was the freakin’ catwalk! It featured the exquisite work of designer Hae-soon Kim. Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. It is most recognized for its bell-shaped silhouette and layers of vibrant silk organza…but Hae-soon Kim included some very avant garde numbers that made the demure Hanbok so…hot! After viewing the 80 angelic pieces…stylist icon Patricia Fields (who styled every Sex & the City episode and the movies!) told me…”This tops any of the fashion week shows I’ve seen this year…this is my absolute favorite.” BOLD and worthy compliment.
My boss and mentor Dennis Swanson was one of the VIP guests of the evening. He sits on the board of the Asian American Federation of New York…so he’s clearly a fan of my culture! UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon also made some remarks. He grew up during the Korean War…so to see this lavish party…he was extremely proud of the economic progress of our little country:) Runway show in the Great Hall…Dinner in the glass pyramid room at the Met…not bad…not bad all.