CQ schmooze with celebs at the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards
Last night Zara and I gave up a night in front of the TV to head to the Waldorf Hilton and schmooze with the celebs (and reality TV regulars) at the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. Hosted by Ben Shepherd and Jenni Falconer with a bit of help from Kimberley Stewart, the awards are really more of a modelling competition, with finalists from across Europe competing for a prize that included a contract with MOT models and a Caribbean holiday. It was a really fun night, and along with the awards themselves there was a charity auction, lots of bubbly and plenty of famous faces in the crowd. And though I can't top Kim's brush with fame at the Armani show, I did manage to snag Calum Best for a pic...
I've recently had to start wearing glasses myself, so it was great to attend an event like this and feel truly proud to be donning my specs! All the finalists took to the catwalk in glasses from Specsavers (where else) and gave the judging panel (which included our new BFF Gok Wan and Vogue TV's Louise Roe) the really tough job of picking a winner. The prize eventually went to 18-year-old Sara Pender from Glasgow. Awards were also given to celebrities who've raised the profile of glasses in the media; this year the winners were Radio 1's Colin Murray and Actress and WAG Sheree Murphy.
Before the show I found myself stood next to Penny Lancaster and Ian Waite, grinning like a loon at Camilla Dallerup (what can I say? I love Strictly Come Dancing), witnessing the moment when Gok met Scott Henshall and trying to remember the names of dozens of ex big brother contestants (Nadia, Carol, Billi, Charley, Samanda, Gerry...they all merge into one for me). After the show we sneaked onto one of the empty celeb tables and spotted Noel Fielding trying to keep a low profile, Chantelle Houghton (who looked absolutely tiny and over-tanned in a rose-print corset dress), Vanessa Feltz and, um, The Cheeky Girls all enjoying the party. Kimberley Stewart may have only been there for a matter of minutes, but when we left around midnight the party was still going strong. Whoever said specs are just for geeks, eh?!