In my line of work, there are opportunities and then there are opportunities! Interviewing James Cameron was one of these “opportunity opportunities.”
He is the second A-list celebrity that I have met with in the past six months or so, which for me, as a non-entertainment reporter, is a bit out-of-the-ordinary. Like my story on Hilary Swank, the purpose of speaking with Cameron was about social issues.
The all-time highest grossing director recently put out a little sci-fi film — you might have heard of — called Avatar. Among many things, Avatar is significant because it brought to the forefront a host of challenges that indigenous people here on Earth currently face.
It was fascinating to sit down with such a famed man and to learn — similar to Swank — that he is real, straight-forward and personally moved by the unfortunate plight of so many. I hope you will read my story about Cameron, Avatar and indigenous people because it will leave you with a broadened perspective of the “real” Pandoras.
As for the fashion choices of the evening …
It came down to figuring out a way to look appropriate for two events: The Avatar screening-Cameron interview; The monthly jazz-age celebration of Wit’s End at the speakeasy Flute. I wore a contemporary silk blouse with an Asian inspired print — very art deco — and a vintage black slip as my skirt (with a real slip underneath, of course).
Although hats are my trademark — many times — it seemed a little over the top for the Cameron interview, so I needed some kind of detail to make my vintage-styled hair have purpose. The solution I found at my local vintage, artisan boutique, Arts Echo: A gold and rhinestone spherical rose pin.
After Wit’s End, an entourage of us headed to another historic site: The Empire State Building, where a new 1930s lounge has opened up, The Empire Room.
From there the vintage festivities continued and, as many might say, only in New York can a gal be escorted by two Brooklyn boys who look like they stepped out of Casablanca (or who might be carrying “Tommy guns”).
All-in-all, it was a fabulous evening filled with beautifully inspiring people who are truly living their lives with great passion.
I was blessed to have been a part of it.