The Wall Street Journal
February 3, 2012
by Marshall Heyman
Nestled in the comforting bosom of awards season, somewhere between the SAG Awards and the International 3D Society Awards, was this year’s Femmy Gala.
The Femmys is the “premiere event” of the Intimate Apparel field, as well as a fund-raiser for the Underfashion Club, which supports and encourages new talent in the field through scholarships, awards, internships and the like. In our newly set life-long quest to infiltrate the Oscars of every industry, the Femmys suddenly found itself at the very top of our list.
Also, we knew Martin Scorsese, George Clooney and the cast members of “The Artist” wouldn’t be there—none of them were nominated for a Femmy this year—and after much discussion, we felt we all needed a break from one another.
This year’s Femmys took place, like many award-like events in New York, at Cipriani 42nd Street. It was hosted by Carson Kressley, who was the former fashion expert on the reality show “Queer Eye” and the host of a show called “How to Look Good Naked.” That has something to do with undergarments, right?
“Well, they called my agent,” said Mr. Kressley, at the start of the evening. “And they asked if I wanted to host the Femmy Awards. And I thought, I don’t know anyone as Femmy as me, so that sounds like it could work. Also, who were they going to get? Brad Pitt? No. Ryan Seacrest? Hmmm. Maybe.”
Mr. Kressley pointed out two other things.