Gail Simmons Talks Emmys At Fashion Week


With the return of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, American Express Cardmembers had the opportunity to mingle and take in the Tadashi show with Top Chef’s Gail Simmons. Gail was a special guest speaker after the show to a circle of cocktail drinking ladies in a chic dark lit lounge. The Sept. 9 Skybox event at Lincoln Center gave everyone the chance not only to hear about the food critic’s Top Chef  show but also her Emmy excitement and what she’ll be wearing.

Skybox host Lauren Goodman interviewed the Food & Wine Special Projects Manager.

On the Emmys:

“It’s really exciting. It never gets old. This will be Top Chef’s fifth year being nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Series…Its really exciting because we are a, well we always think of ourselves and compared to a lot of the other shows nominated against, we’re really a small cable show that when we started nine seasons ago in 2006, had no idea of so many things about how the show would progress. But certainly in my wildest dreams I never imagined we’d be at the Emmys, and so this is our fifth year going and last year we actually won! I mean, we won an

Emmy against American Idol and Dancing with the Stars and Survivor. These huge network shows. They’re just not as good as ours.”

The host of her own show, Top Chef: Just Desserts laughed off her comment, but really she was extremely inviting and enticing to watch. Her friend next door attitude didn’t make anyone think she was doing anything but making a joke and that was as refreshing as all the champagnes the bartender was handing out. She continued, “So we never in a million years thought we’d win and The Amazing Race won for seven years in the category before this and we were the ones to break that spell. So this year who knows what will happen but it kind of feels just that more exciting to be going to the Emmys…And to kind of walk that red carpet knowing that now people might even care that our little cooking show has a place on television.”

Now to the good ‘what are you wearing’ question.

“This year at the Emmys I’m wearing J. Mendel. Just amazing. I’ve never worn a gown by J. Mendel before. The process of finding an Emmy dress for me is always really intimidating. I’m not a tiny sample size and I am not—I don’t work in fashion every day. I’ve started obviously because I’m on television a lot. I spend a lot of time getting dressed and having to think a lot more about what I wear on television but finding an Emmy dress is a whole other ball game. I wear a long gown once a year so it’s also exciting to play princess. It’s a beautiful dress from the fall collection. It’s a plum color with a little black lace right where you want it.”

The one shoulder gown is said to be flattering with a long slit on the side. Fashion Director of Travel + Leisure and stylist Mimi Lombardo is helping with making sure all the pieces are aligned for the night. As shoes being the most important part to her, Gail is still deciding between a Jimmy Choo and Giuseppe Zanotti. The dress has to make its way back from the tailor before matching either a gold/silver to the attire or a black heel. The dress, the shoes and still deciding on a bag; Gail is ready for the weekend’s party event and we’ll just have to see if she takes home an award.


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