Forget Pashmina—the best accessory at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, held Dec. 5 at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, was a gay man. Among the Will & Grace-style couplings at this Oscar-ish (minus the Oscar) event: Rupert Everett, Male Celebrity Style winner, escorted Donatella Versace; Sharon Stone teamed up with makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin; and Illeana Douglas (Action) accompanied designer Randolph Duke.
The night’s other defining motifs? Hearty chuckles (thanks to Ben Stiller’s wicked turn as a marketing exec for the Gap) and painful winces (Sean ”Puffy” Combs’ TelePrompTer travails). The awards show— which was less irreverent than last year’s, perhaps due to Vogue’s involvement— was followed by an after-party at BB at 17 that saw Beck incite a mini-bacchanal, dancing with friends to Wham! and Human League songs. Less thrilled were Combs and his entourage, including the $1 billion body of Jennifer Lopez (voted the night’s Most Fashionable Female Artist). After a few minutes in the VIP room, they headed downtown to their own soiree. Fortunately, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath compensated, declaring ”I imagine this is better than the Oscars…. I have more friends here.”