The Prince and Me
By Inna Race
The year’s first big snowstorm was approaching NYC, as hundreds of guests, dressed and mascaraed, gathered on the Hudson Terrace to meet The Prince. (It was the first time for most of us to meet a genuine crowned monarch.) The Prince of Italy, Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, was the center of attention at a regal evening put together by the Uomo Moderno Magazine and Brindiamo TV. The Carnivale was a celebration of fairy tales come alive: Prince Emanuele of Italy was joined by the Prince of Yugoslavia, as well as by barons, knights and lords. Italy’s noble son (dressed by Stephen F) turned out to be a very handsome and, as one of my Italian friends put it, a “nice and very humble” man with a great sense of humor. He was bombarded by guests, restlessly taking hundreds of pictures with them throughout the night. Hosts of the evening Ornella Fado and Francesco Di Maio were dressed as Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, respectively; the duo were all smiles, while entertaining guests with the help of the Madkoi Live Quartet and a stellar performance by Michael Amante. A tantalizing menu featured Italian cannoli, a drinks special; mouth-watering L’Arte del Gelato and a wonderful new coffee drink “illy” were a delectable treat for the guests, who worked exceptionally hard on creating some unbelievable costumes, with which to impress the Prince.
What costume was I wearing? I was just myself, of course– A Princess.