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Part of the fun of living in L.A. (in addition to the palm trees, fiery sunsets, close proximity to the desert, ability to grow lemons in your yard, the list goes on … ) is that you get to see celebrities out in the wild.
Not made-up, standing on a step-and-repeat, blinded by flashbulbs and followed around by yes men, but at their favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant with only a simple swipe of everygirl mascara, a margarita and their boyfriend in tow. It’s actually a cool reminder that we all get up and go to work in the morning, regardless of what that work may be. And on L.A.’s artsy east side, Christina Hendricks and her hubby, Geoffrey Arend, are a constant fixture — hanging out at said Mexican restaurant, walking down the street past the shipping supply store and the nail salon and doing “normal” things.
Which is why we were slightly bummed to learn that the Mad Men star has decamped to New York, as she told Mark Ronson from the front row ofZac Posen‘s fall 2015 show during New York Fashion Week on Monday.
“We live here now. We’re New Yorkers again,” Hendricks told the British-born musician and his wife, model-actress Josephine de la Baume, just before Posen sent the likes of Naomi Campbell out on the catwalk. “It’s kind of fun.”
Arend, a fellow thespian, is currently appearing in the CBS hit Madame Secretary, which films in New York. So the couple headed east.
“We’re freezing our asses off!” Hendricks, wearing a bold red lip and looking every bit her pinup persona, laughed. “I’m a hermit!”
Earlier in the week we caught up with the actress before Honor’s fall 2015 show, where she called the April 5 return of her iconic show’s final season “bittersweet.”
“I actually said to my husband the other day, you know — I just recently did another job — and I said, I can’t believe how much I learned from Mad Men. I feel like it was like going to the best acting school ever. I just felt like I had grown quite a bit, and the confidence that it’s given me and the skills and tools I’ve gotten from it has been incredible.”
Hendricks and Ronson were only a small smattering of the star power present at Manhattan’s Grand Central Station for Posen’s latest collection of sequined red-carpet gowns, tailored pantsuits and yellow-hued minks. A disco-worthy emerald gown with vertical sequin stripes was a standout, as was the aforementioned yellow mink. And model Anna Cleveland — daughter of industry icon Pat — made certain members of the audience gasp when she twirled down the runway in a gown made of liquidy satin. Supermodel Alek Wek walked, too. As did Naomi Campbell, who closed out the show in a hugely voluminous glittery pink gown.
As for the crowd, Rihanna was there, as was Mary J. Blige, Katie Holmes, Kesha, Abigail Breslin, Coco Rocha, L.A.-based musician Tennessee Thomas, Judith Light and Uzo Aduba.
It will be a moment in the week that we most definitely remember, especially when we’re wearing shorts and flip-flops and passing our local nail salon wondering if Christina Hendricks warmed up yet.
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Jamie Lee Curtis