Memo Pad: Booking Talent... All For Margaret

Though Dana Vachon's book, "Mergers and Acquisitions," has barely been in bookstores a week, this season's lit "It" kid pondered at his book party Tuesday night who could play a few of the tome's notable characters on the big screen.

A more typical example: "Most of my regular-guy, Midwest buddies would ridicule me for watching a show like this; however, if they were to see Margaret in [a] red dress, they'd set their beer down and pull up a seat next to me." Or, "For all of us semiliterate heterosexual males out there, the rest of you can have…(insert whatever Hollywood sex kitten's name you like here) — Margaret Russell smokes them all." And this even though Russell is judging alongside former Playmate and well-known interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Her fashion choices have above all won fans — one viewer thanked Russell for her "inspiring attire and your glamorous life."

"I wear a lot of Prada," said Russell, who said she moved out to Los Angeles for five weeks and packed three suitcases — though she did fly home after the taping of the first episode to switch it up. "I brought what I would wear to a business meeting," she said. "But I couldn't get by on the Jackie O sheaths I was wearing….I went back and packed literally every cocktail dress I owned." — Irin Carmon
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