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WAS IT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME?: Though The New York Times, New York magazine and The Wall Street Journal gave scathing reviews to the film adaptation of "Sex and the City," what did Ron Galotti, the original Mr. Big, think? Galotti, former publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair, trekked from his homestead in North Pomfret, Vermont, to attend the film's Manhattan premiere on Tuesday night with Tom Florio, senior vice president and publishing director of Vogue, Men's Vogue and Teen Vogue. He enjoyed the scene in which Carrie Bradshaw is photographed for Vogue in several designer wedding dresses, with editors Plum Sykes, André Leon Talley and photographer Patrick Demarchelier lording over the shoot. "I thought it was good for them, and good for Anna [Wintour]," said Galotti. "And there's André and Plum, it's kinda like sweet to see them. Great publicity."
Galotti also appreciated how the producers didn't shy away from the fortysomething characters' real ages, including Samantha Jones' 50 years. "There's a big difference between 40 and 50. Look at Kim Cattrall [who plays Jones on-screen]. Don't you want to look like Kim Cattrall" when you're that age?
But Galotti was critical of his own portrayal in the movie, believing the early days of "Sex" were truer to his persona. "In the beginning, it was still true to form. But at the same time, it's kind of eerie to see yourself in character. As it went on, it kind of got silly...the jealousy in the hotel rooms, that was not me. Candace [Bushnell, author of the "Sex and the City" novel and Galotti's ex-girlfriend] was terrific in being respectable. I was a good boyfriend and she never treated me badly." — Stephanie D. Smith
WOMEN'S MOVEMENT: "No models." That rule guided Men.style.com editor Dirk Standen and his team as they made their selections for the site's second annual Women of Fashion event, held on the rooftop of the Peninsula Hotel. The 20 honorees were a model-and-celebrity-free mix of stylists, photographers and regular hardworking fashion girls. As to how the winners, who included stylist Annabel Tollman, photographer Poppy de Villeneuve and lone designer on the list Tara Subkoff, were picked, Standen joked: "It's a very secret process — several international accounting firms are involved." There actually was a judges' panel consisting of the site's editors, along with Sartorialist Scott Schuman and designers Michael Bastian, Rogan Gregory, Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, and Shipley & Halmos' Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos.