Metropolitan Opera House. May 18, 2009. By Bennett Marcus and Christianna Ablahad
Michelle Obama is here tonight. Will you try to convince her to wear your designs?
“Yes, of course I will. Why do you think I’m here? I bought a tuxedo for her.”
—Michelle Obama (getty Images)
Since you regularly appear on Oprah, have you become obsessed with what Michelle Obama wears?
“No. I tune out a little bit when they talk about fashion. I’m thinking about SportsCenter.”
Roberto Cavalli opened a nightclub in Dubai. What would your fantasy nightclub look like?
“I would open a club the old-fashioned way, like the El Morocco used to look here in New York, with beautiful people and fantastic food and music.”
Would you ever go on Dancing With the Stars?
“No. It would be more like Dancing With the Scars.”
Between you and your husband, Al Roker, who is the better dancer?
“Oh, of course me. But according to our daughter, neither one of us should ever dance in public.”
—Senator Charles E. Schumer
Do you Twitter?
“No. Some people are going to do that and a lot of us are not. So for the people who are into it, they can go crazy.”
—Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Are you obsessed with what the First Lady wears?
“I’m not obsessed with what she wears. I’m obsessed with Michelle Obama. She’s perfect.”
As a longtime supporter of this gala, what is your favorite memory from past years?
“When Jackie Onassis was alive and she sat in our box. It was thrilling.”
What is the least graceful thing you've done recently?
“The other night at a friend's party, I tripped and fell down some stairs, so that was ridiculously close.”
—Eva La Rue
Are you a good dancer?
“I’m from the age of Danceteria and Soul Kitchen and Mudd Club. I’m a great dancer.”