Last evening, Liz D. and I attended a book launch party for "Real Housewives of New York" star Jill Zarin's "Secrets of a Jewish Mother," written with her mammer and sister. The locale: Zarin Fabrics on Manhattan's Lower East Side. In attendance were fellow "Housewives" Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Kelly Bensimone and Bravo's handsome Andy Cohen, along with several hundred NYC fashionistas and social elite. One hell of a pretty crowd.Liz D. and meese with Jill Zarin.With my new boyfriend Andy Cohen. Love the teeth!The "Housewives," et al.The scene. What I observed:
* Plastic surgery is alive and thriving in New York. I have not seen so much stretched facial skin in one place since I visited Sea World's seal exhibit as a kid. I met one broad whom, I swear, smiled back at me, but her face remained locked in inertia. Botox overload.
* Chest hair makes a return! At last the gays seem to have stopped waxing their entire bodies. The 20-somethings in attendance are allowing a little chest hair to peak out of their shirt tops again. It's about time. However, many of the queens seemed to be wearing as much make-up as the ladies. Just say no.Zarin is interviewed for NBC's "New York LX."LuAnn de Lesseps and dreamy Andy Cohen (Getty Images)
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