Nikki Haskell’s Celebrity Scene: A Few Hot Men
I am writing my second column for SingleMindedWomen as I get my hair done by Nick Chavez, the most amazing hair dresser in Beverly Hills. Nick’s got to get these hairs in tip-top shape before I fly back to New York for the Angel Ball hosted by Denise Rich. Besides being a fabulous hair stylist with the best hair care products in the world, he is handsome, to boot. When I first met Nick in the 80’s I fell madly in love with him. At the time he was a very famous model. I remember going to Paris and Nick’s pictures were all over the Champs-Elysées. Now, he is the hottest man on QVC selling out his line of products and making women across America fall in love with him. (P.S.: Nick’s hairspray is hurricane proof.)
Before I jumped on a plane for New York City I had a quick lunch with recording artist Steve Tyrell. A Houston native, Steve has this sexy southern accent that I’m a sucker for. Steve is performing at the Café Carlyle at the famed Carlyle Hotel from November 4 through December 31. He sings a lot of songs from the Great American Songbook like “Night and Day” and “You Go to My Head.” He’s a must see and I’ll be sure to get the girls together to catch a show.
I will have to say that the East Coast party of the fall was the Angel Ball held at Ciprani’s Wall Street. The stars turned out for the night with Star Jones as host and the first lady of song, the glorious Patti LaBelle. I was with Clive Davis the greatest music producer on Earth, who discovered Whitney Houston, Usher and Alicia Keyes. Clive has been a best friend for thirty years. When we arrived and walked the red carpet the paparazzi went crazy. Even better, we got to sit together at Denise’ table with Patti. I was with her in this summer at the ROLEX Cup.
No event is complete without my BFF Ivana Trump who attended with a friend of ours from Paris, Massimo Gargia. Ivana’s husband, Rossando Rubicondi, is in Honduras competing in the Italian version of the hit show Survivor. Last but certainly not least, Gladys Knight, without The Pips, sang all of her hits, including personal favorite, “Midnight Train to Georgia.” It was a great night. I went home and slept for a few short hours before the limo picked me up at 4:30 a.m. to board a flight back to LA.
It’s so gorgeous in LA, I walked out on the terrace when I woke up this morning as the sun was coming up. I live in best building in LA with stunning views of the San Fernan do Mountains and the ocean. On a clear day you can see Catalina. I am off to see Nick again to have my hair crunched. Then, I am having lunch with the girls, including Joan Collins who also lives in my building…and so does Cher, Elton John, Matthew Perry…the list goes on. You can never go out of the apartment without makeup because you never know who you will run into! We’re having lunch at The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, our favorite spot. Everyone is in town for the Carousel of Hope Ball for Children with Diabetes and Barbara Davis always pulls out the stars for her event at the Beverly Hilton. The Beverly Hills Hotel is my favorite hang out. Referred to locally as “The Pink Palace,” it has the best pool, and I’ve been going there since I was a teen.
After lunch, with the girls, I went on a few errands. My first stop was James the Tailor on Sunset in West Hollywood. Leba Sedaka, wife of Neil Sedaka, named him “One Pin James,” because he only uses one pin per garment. Most of the time he doesn’t make a miss, which is good for me because 90 percent of my dresses, suits and gowns need to be lengthened or shortened.
I was expecting a ball gown from Zuhair Murad to wear to the Carousel Ball. Murad is the hottest new designer out there, and if you like Elie Saab, you will love Murad. But, sadly, I had a slight feeling that my dress would not fit so I had a few backup dresses. Better safe than sorry! A ball gown in the hands is worth two in the bush. Sure enough, my dress arrived and I took it unopened to see One Pin James. When I pulled the dress out of the box I was shocked by the fact that the dress was green when I thought it was going to be RED! On top of this, the dress did not fit so I was back to the drawing board. I went home and took a disco nap before going to a signing for my dear friend George Hamilton’s new book, Don’t Mind If I Do. George always looks so chic and handsome…impossibly dressed.
I’ll give you those details next week.