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Woody Johnson, Jared Kushner and a Haute New Hollywood Handbag Designer

LunchAtMichaelsSince so many media mavens and talking heads have headed to the West Coast for Oscar week, my lunch today with designer Michelle Vale was particularly timely. Just a few days ago, Michelle sent off several of her handbags to LaLa land in hopes that a certain Best Actress nominee will walk down the red carpet carrying one of her creations come Sunday night. If the actress, whose name for the moment is top secret (“But she’s a big Oscar person!”) utters Michelle’s name when she is asked the million dollar question of the night — “Who are you wearing?” — by E!’s Giuliana Rancic, that could mean very big things for the designer. “You never know what’s going to happen,” Michelle told me. “An actress can pick a dress and change her mind at the last minute. She can look in her suitcase and pick up something else. I won’t know until I see her on television.”

Diane Clehane and Michelle Vale

Diane Clehane and Michelle Vale

No stranger to the celebrity scene, Michelle’s collection of sophisticated, versatile designs that allow women to customize their bags by selecting a variety of  different hardware and straps  — all made right her in New York City — have been worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz, Kate Bosworth and Kate Beckinsale. Michelle also managed to score valuable television exposure on Gossip Girl, a favorite of fashionistas everywhere where posh Upper East Siders played by Blake Lively and Leighton Meester toted around the Amex Black cards in Michelle Vale handbags.

While fashion was part of Michelle’s DNA — dad was a senior vice president of Sasson Jeans, favored by aspiring disco divas everywhere in the 80s, and mom once owned a boutique, she never planned on going into the business as a career. “I used to go to Studio 54 with my father,” Michelle told me. “It was such a big part of my childhood that I wanted to something completely different, so I got a master’s in counseling  children which, as it turns out, has come in handy in this business.” It was when the accidental designer got pregnant quickly after getting married that she decided she wanted to do something that allowed her to stay at home with her newborn son. “I literally started the business with my son in my lap,” she said.

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Marie Claire EIC Fetes Randi Zuckerberg

Here at FishbowlNY, we don’t normally report about Monday lunch at Michael’s. However, in advance of our columnist Diane Clehane‘s next Wednesday hit parade, for which she will be joined by a Downton Abbey cast member, we wanted to make the rare exception.

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Pictured above, from left to right, are:

- Entrepreneur-philanthropist Lauren Bush Lauren;
- Harper Collins author Jessica Seinfeld (crouching);
- Fashion expert and former What Not To Wear co-host Stacy London;
- Exiting NBCUniversal exec Lauren Zalaznick;
- Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider;
- Zuckerberg Media CEO/founder Randi Zuckerberg;
- Girls co-star Allison Williams;
- CNN/CNBC/Bloomberg anchor Nicole Lapin;
- Al Jazeera America anchor Ali Velshi ;
- Zuckerberg Media COO Bradley Lautenbach.

This impressive group, along with several others not shown including fashion designer Stacey Bendet Eisner, gathered today at the invitation of Fulenwider to celebrate the Tuesday release of the Harper Collins books by Zuckerberg that everyone is shown holding.

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NY1 Anchor Pat Kiernan Plays Panelist on CNN

CNN viewers who were waiting for the “cruise from hell” to dock in Mobile, Alabama last night were greeted by NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan.

Kiernan joined a group appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight with former CNBC host Donny Deutsch substituting.

This was not his first time on the cable news network. From 2000 to 2004, Kiernan anchored a business program on the now-defunct CNNfn. That broadcast led to assignments on the “main stage” as well.

In addition, Kiernan occasionally is reunited with his former CNNfn colleagues Ali Velshi and Christine Romans on  CNN’s weekend programming.

Morning Media Menu Welcomes Back CNN’s Ali Velshi

mornmm.gifCNN’s chief business correspondent (and fellow Canadian…Steve is surrounded!) Ali Velshi joined us again on today’s podcast. The last time we spoke to Velshi was the morning after the President’s Not State of the Union speech. This morning he weighs in the the coverage of the Obama’s trip to Europe saying that, unlike Tucker Carlson, he did not necessarily find it fawning: “I think the coverage reflected the fact we weren’t sure what was going to happen…I think it can be fawning and accurate at the same time.”velshi_4-8.jpg

Velshi also speculates on the reasons why the Wall Street Journal has had so much success with paid content. “It might be that the material in the WSJ is more important to its readers than some other news or some other content might be to their readers.” You can hear all the past podcast at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call-in at (646) 929-0321.

Morning Media Menu With CNN’s Ali Velshi

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu we welcome CNN’s chief business correspondent, and author of “Gimme My Money Back,” Ali Velshi to discuss his reaction to last night’s Not State of the Union address:

velshi_2-24.jpg“There was some sense of moving the focus away from the immediate…which is bad markets, unemployment, and bad housing to things that are a few years in the future, and I thought was a good plan, it sort of instilled some hope. But there was still a great lack of specificity about the thing that we’re most concerned about right now, which is a plan for the second half of the TARP money, the $350 million to the banks. I was a little surprised he didn’t mention that.”

Velshi goes on to detail the major reasons why (phew) this recession is not as bad as the Great Depression. He also says that he really didn’t think Rick Santelli‘s outburst the other day “was a rant at all…I think Rick Santelli expresses opinion in a strong fashion every day.” And of course we address the eternal question of paid content. Velshi’s take: yes, we should be paying. You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style

stelter_times_061207.jpgFor a couple hours, the back room at Michael’s was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, ‘Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inquirer TV columnist and Katie Couric nemesis Gail Shister.

Some of those who showed to fete Stelter and co.: Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News president Steve Capus, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC anchors Contessa Brewer (ED NOTE: Brewer has yet to visit Dan Abrams‘ party house in the Hamptons) and Amy Robach, Rita Cosby, Gil “Stanley Bing” Schwartz, CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and business correspondent Ali Velshi, MSNBC producer Tammy Haddad, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, former CBS honcho Andrew Heyward, BusinessWeek columnist (and husband to our multimillionaire boss) Jon Fine, Jeff Jarvis, CNN anchor John Roberts, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, well-rested Observer columnist Michael Calderone, CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald, Inside Edition‘s Sarah Rubenstein, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (whose date for the evening was 19-year-old CBS News intern Eric Kuhn), Broadcasting & Cable‘s Max Robins and Caroline Palmer (who, Robins says, is leaving B&C to become Vogue‘s Web editor), CNBC VP Josh Howard, Good Day New York host Ron Corning, Freud Communications’ Lisa Dallos, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman and the omnipresent Julia Allison, who said she had been up since 5:00AM talking about Lindsay Lohan. Her take: “She should just kill herself already, before she kills someone else.”

Notable no-shows: Abrams, Katie, Charlie, Greta Van Susteren, Jon Stewart and Stelter supporter and former CNNer Aaron Brown.

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