Road to Designing Women: Celebs & Goodie Bags


Chocolate lovers should be rushing to buy tickets for NYWIFT’s Designing Women awards. Tea lovers and Chelsea Piers fans should be planning their outfits. Writers should be making hair appointments at their favorite salon. They will each be rewarded for their efforts at the 13th annual event this upcoming night May 23, honoring the women of the film and television industries who work behind the cameras to make the people in front of the cameras shine. 

This year’s Designing Women award honorees include makeup artist Andrea Miller (The Good Wife, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live), hairstylist Mandy Lyons (Moonrise Kingdom, The Wrestler, Sex and the City), and costume designer Deborah Scott (Titanic, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Avatar). The Variety Ensemble Award will be presented to the costume, makeup, and hair design team of The Americans.

Honoring these talented women is reason enough to be at what’s become a must attend evening in the who’s who New York social calendar.  Getting rewards donated by true friends of NYWIFT, friends like Gotham’s Writer’s Workshop, Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate, Chelsea Piers, and Harney and Sons Fine Teas is, well, just icing on the cake.

But if you need another reason to attend, here is the list of who will be presenting the awards, all sensational stars in their own right: Julianna Margulies, star of CBS’s The Good Wife, chart-topping singer Norah Jones, Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau, and The Americans star Richard Thomas, who long-played the America’s wholesome heartthrob “John-Boy” on The Waltons.

Stars, treats, and a chance to congratulate women on achieving a high level of excellence in their fields — all good reasons to put on your best party outfit and come to NYWIFT’s 2013 Designing Women Awards. I look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!

A reception follows the award event. Proceeds from ticket sales go to NYWIFT’s nonprofit educational programsKeep an eye on nywift.orgVariety, Twitter and right here on the NYWIFT Tumblr for updates on presenters and other important news about Designing Women. Tickets and registration are available here

Designing Women will be held at The McGraw Hill Building, 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.) on Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm. Doors open 6:30. Price for members is $75, nonmembers $150. — MIMI SPILLANE


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