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MICHAEL NOVOGRATZ, SETH MEYERS, AND JOHN LEGEND. PHOTO COURTESY OF BILLY FARRELL/BFANYC.COM.
"I have a long-standing rule in my life, which is: if John Legend is doing something, I try to piggyback on that," Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers said last night by way of explanation for his involvement with the launch party for Ferragamo WORLD, a new line of bio-friendly men's footwear designed to support Acumen Fund. We couldn't help asking Meyers whether the rule extended to Legend's romantic life, gesturing over to where the singer-songwriter was engaging in a little PDA with his girlfriend, Victoria's Secret model Christine Teigen. "No, of course not! All fully noble," Meyers said.
Meyers also shared his thoughts on last week's live episode of 30 Rock. "It was so incredible; obviously a lot of people there had SNL roots, so it was great to see them performing live again." Did he feel they were muscling in on his live-show territory? "Well I don't know how many people have a limit on how many live TV shows they watch a week," he answered with a laugh. (If you're someone who does, probably best to stick to SNL this week; Emma Stone will be hosting, and Meyers promises she's "just as funny as she is hot.")
Joining Legend and Meyers as hosts of the launch party was Michael Novogratz, the much-revered hedge-fund manager who helped to set up the partnership between Ferragamo and Acumen Fund. His sister, Jacqueline Novogratz, is its CEO. Yasmina Zaidman, the director of communications for the organization, explained a little bit about its mission: "Acumen Fund is looking for an alternative to traditional development, which focuses on solving people's problems for them. We think in the long run, to have a really sustainable approach, you need to make it something that can last when [a development specialist] isn't around. We invest in businesses, and we actually don't make grants. We provide debt and equity, just like a venture capital fund," she said. For now, the non-profit is focused in India, Pakistan, and East Africa.
Other pals who turned up—many in Ferragamo—included Brad Goreski, Matthew Settle, James Tupper, Anne Heche, Ivanka Trump, Kelsey Chow, Louise Roe, and Massimo Ferragamo himself. DJ Kiss arrived in a stunning red dress; she was there to support her boyfriend, DJ M.O.S., who pulled a bit of a Rickroll on the guests—they were dancing to "Never Gonna Give You Up" before they knew it.
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