Live Review: Fashion Rocks - Radio City Music Hall, New York
Mon, 08 Sep 2008 07:28:56
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Fashion Rocks, which effectively kicks off New York's fashion week, is in its fifth incarnation. It's a star-studded event, a gala that combines couture and pop music. This year, Stand Up 2 Cancer was the charity partner that brought the A-list out in droves. There was nary a B+ level celeb in the crowd at this fashionable fete.
The night was hosted by emcee Denis Leary, who had the cojones to drop several gay jokes in gay-friendly crowd! He also changed costumes three times, joking that dropping designer names would allow him to keep the duds. He clearly (and cleverly) wrote his jokes for the fashion pack. Before each musical act performed either a classic song or one of their own personal hits, he or she was "presented" by a Hollywood star. Charlize Theron (smoking hot in liquid leggings), Hayden Panettiere, Terrence Howard and Chace Crawford were among the top tier of presenters.
Rihanna opened the show, performing Madonna's "Vogue" while wearing a teeny, flapper-esque dress. Her rendition was safe and stayed dangerously close to the original. While she may be young and talented, she was blown off the stage when built-like-a-brick-shithouse Beyonce who donned a short blonde wig and citrus-colored dress to belt out Etta James' yearning "At Last." One thing's for certain: Beyonce can sing her ass off, and she raised the roof of the historic NYC venue! Keith Urban and Black Eyed Peas followed, while Beyonce's sister Solange showed off her shapely legs in a mini while performing "Heat Wave" as an homage to the girl group trios of yesteryear. Sadly, the PA was cranked way too loud, resulting in a distracting thud over her sound. Solange did, however, resemble a young Diana Ross with her tousled mane of black waves.
Other highlights were cute young thang Chris Brown, who looked debonair while stomping the yard…er, stage—with his dance prowess.Justin Timberlake's unabashed star power was on full display as he earned the first standing ovation of the night. Dress in a dapper black suit and shades, his falsetto conjured Marvin Gaye. That kid is no joke, and he possesses supreme talent.
Kid Rock did right by The Temptations with "I Know I'm Losing You," a duet he performed with Mary J. Blige, who can belt it out with the best of 'em.
There were models prancing on the runway, and fans were filed into a pit around the main stage—which was quite MTV-like. JT and Beyonce's rendition of "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" was a show-stopper, while Pussycat Dolls sexed things up with their undeniably hot single, "When I Grow Up." The balmy, humid evening got steamier when Fergie teamed up with the Debbie Harry for a breathy version of "Call Me," where the two divas bounced off one another. Mariah Carey slinked across stage in a silver column dress that hampered her mobility but not her roof raising voice. Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd capped off a fashionable and rocking evening and earned the night's second standing "O."
— Amy Sciarretto