As a fan of vintage fashion also, this show was a dream come true! Not only was it set at an airline, but we'd be getting 1960's era uniforms, offices, aircraft and more. I'd been wasting time on Facebook (instead of doing housework, naturally) and noticed an event in New York called 'Fashion's Night Out' (FNO). It's held every year in NYC (and 250 other cities in the US) to showcase designers and stores both large and small. For the 2011 FNO, a designer called Lisa Perry was hosting a 'Pan Am' themed event, and even better, two of the stars of the show would be attending- wow!
|Pan Am posters everywhere. Wish I'd thought to 'liberate' one & get the stars to sign it!|
The journalist told me that he was really only there for a story, so I could have his Explorer bag. I said no, because it was too cool a thing to pass up, but he insisted. Awesome! :) Soon it was time to go inside, we were ushered in and those with coupons for bags lined up to collect them. The bags are pretty darn cool and worth over $100-something each so definitely an envy item! Didn't put mine down the whole time for fear of it disappearing. We were greeted at the door by the 'Pan Am' promo girls who had been doing events that whole week all around NYC, and also in LA earlier in the month. They said it had been pretty crazy and of course would only be worse once the show had actually started.
One really cool feature was this aircraft-shaped 'drinks cart'. I totally would have wheeled it out of the door if I could have! You could get soda, juice or water (just like on the plane), and the promo girls were walking around with baskets of pretzels and peanuts. There was also a drinks station serving sparkling wine and even spirits! Despite being very jetlagged, I decided to enjoy a vodka & lemon.
|I chatted to most of the promo girls, they were really nice & very happy to have gotten this gig. One said it was the most fun job she'd done.|
|Totally wanted to get this book! Can't recall the title just now but I know I've been looking for it online without success. |
While exploring the store, I got chatting to a few of the other guests. One lady was a PR manager for ABC; she was taking photos of the event. I know we discussed airlines & marketing but in my jet lagged state I forgot to take any notes or ask her questions for this post. D'oh!! I also met a group of Delta flight attendants, some of whom worked for Pan Am in the 80's. They were very curious about my job and asked me loads of questions. They mentioned that they were planning a big screening party for the first episode of Pan Am and invited me to come. (Sadly, roster was already finalised and swapping wasn't possible)
Then it was time for the 'special guests' to arrive. We weren't sure who it would be but thought definitely some extras and maybe one of the cast. By this time, there were some photographers and TV people there, and suddenly camera flashes started going off. We all got our cameras/phones ready and crowded around the doorway to see...
Christina Ricci & Karine Vanasse (Maggie Ryan & Collette Valois)!!!
Of course everyone wanted photos but first the ladies had some tv interviews to do. We all stood around gaping and taking photos like fangirls...
|Christina Ricci & Karine Vanasse|
|Designer Lisa Perry|
|Delta crew took this pic of me with my bag, and Christina in the back :P|
Of course, the girls were in high demand and everyone wanted to talk to them. Not being used to the NYC way of things, I politely waited y turn, only to have a few people push in front of me I figured it was okay, as celebrities probably get sick of being mobbed, so thought I would leave it. But the Delta girls told Christina that I had just landed from Dubai (I think she thought I'd come just to the event, not that I was working as well!) Anyway, she was nice enough to take this photo with me. She's so tiny and pretty, like a little doll. Being jetlagged, I said something really dumb, she must have thought I was such an idiot!! Lol. Oh well, such is life! I manged to get my wits together enough to ask her if doing the show gave her new perspective on travelling, and what she thought of the job now she'd played a stewardess on TV. Harder than it looks, apparently! :)
|Omg it's Wednesday Addams!! :P|
|Karine, Lisa & Christina with the Pan Am promo girls|
|Check out Ms Ricci's heels!|
|Close up. I'm totally jealous of Karine's awesome haircut.|
My only regret was getting so caught up talking to Karine that I forgot to ask for a picture with her!! :( Since watching the show, Collette is definitely my fave character, and Karine herself was just so lovely to meet. We talked with a guy who was a former Pan Am mechanic, she ended up asking us about our jobs in the end. Seriously, the screen does not do Karine justice, she is even prettier in real life *insert anime starry eyes here lol*
|I had to do it...|
More of the 60's themed decorations in store...
|Want. All. The. Books!|
|Limited Edition Pan Am Explorer Bag & Pan Am branded gum|
|Uniform in shop window. (Promo girl uniforms different to cast)|
As a big Twitter Fan, you can also follow for updates on the show with @PanAmABC and keep in touch with Karine Vanasse. She regularly tweets back her fans! :)
Hope you enjoyed the photos, I know a few of you have been waiting for this post. Let's hope that Pan Am returns for another season.