Liz Benjamin reports that Mayor Bloomberg stepped off the stage at the FIT benefit at Cipriani's last night and into an impromptu interview with a fashion reporter
, Meghan Cass
's Footwear News. The Mayor began with his customary charm, insulting the Daily News'
Adam Lisberg ("You're much better looking than he is," he said, "jerking a thumb" at Lisberg). Cass, apparently not expecting the sudden access, asked the Mayor what he was wearing. "I have no idea," the Mayor replied. "Probably Paul Stuart." Asked about the fashion industry, Bloomberg gave a little speech about how fashion "sets the tone. It provides the glamour," etc. (Maybe he'll support our proposal for a city spot fashion consultancy
.) Reminded that Cass covers footwear, Bloomberg admitted, "The only person I know about footwear -- Kenneth Cole is as close as I can come to somebody about. He's a golfing buddy." Also: "If I wore elaborate heels, I'd be on the front page of the Daily News
." He seems to have a bug up his ass about the Daily News
. Benjamin finds it remarkable that Bloomberg, who normally stiff-arms the City Hall press, was so voluble with Cass. Maybe he's trying to stay off the worst-dressed list
. Photo by Spencer T Tucker via nyc.gov.