"How you doin'? There, I said it. It's impossible not to say it when you're running the streets with New York's most popular larger-than-life talk show glamazon Wendy Williams. It took about five minutes of being part of WW's posse on Fashion's Night Out before I heard her signature shout-out slipping from my lips. But not to worry; it's all good. "I love it. It's my catchphrase," she tells me, before adding that, yes, from time to time, she doesn't feel like saying it back: "Sometimes I don't feel my 'how you doin'' best. Then I just give them back a non-verbal."
Williams and I are spending some quality FNO time together at the Vivienne Tam boutique in SoHo, where she's hosting a fête, and announcing the winners of the evening's raffle drawing. Williams, who calls herself the "Queen of All Media," first made a splash in the public eye as an outspoken radio personality on New York's 98.7 Kiss FM before launching her hoot of a talk show in 2008. We figured that since we spend most of our time with WW during the day (her show, now in its third season, airs here in New York at 10 a.m. on FOX), it would be fun to have some time with her out and about after-dark.
On this particular night she's rocking a signature zuper sexy body-hugging blouse and skirt and five-inch heels. (She's 5'11" in bare feet so you can imagine the visual punch she packs.) Williams seems to have fun wherever she goes, but you do get the unmistakable sense that she means business. The borderline mayhem of FNO isn't Wendy's usual nightlife lewk. "On a perfect night, it's my husband and me and it's a date."( Read more behind the cut! + 1 PhotoCollapse )