Exclusive Video: Classy, The Book Tour
Last year, our editor at large Derek Blasberg released a book,Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady. And while writing the book was fun and lots of hard work, he swears that the subsequent month promoting it was way more of both! Luckily for him, his blood, sweat and surely a few tears here and there landed him onThe New York Timesbest-seller list. The book, which is a collection of humorous essays aimed at young women, hit book stores on April 6th, 2010 — a date that was marked with a party at Barney's in Manhattan, and hosted by a slew of Blasberg's stylish lady friends, including Chloe Sevigny, Dasha Zhukova and Lauren Santo Domingo. Then the party continued: "I traveled the country doing cocktail parties and book signings and morning shows. Let's just say I owe a lot of favors to my friends," he said of a tour that included stops in Chicago (with a cocktail party hosted by Nate Berkus), St. Louis (at a gala with Sevigny and Karlie Kloss), Dallas (with Barbara Bush), Greenwich (with Byrdie Bell), San Francisco (with Maggie Rizer) and a final stop in LA with a dinner at Mr. Chow's hosted by Kate Bosworth, Nicole Richie and Margherita Missoni. Throughout the entire tour, his friends and family recorded his adventures on a Flipcam, which was compiled into a hilarious video — and Bazaar's got the first look. "I've been joking it's a diary of self promotion and book sales," Blasberg said of the montage. But such success hasn't gone to this Midwestern boy's head. "The highlight of the whole tour was definitely going home to St. Louis, where I grew up," he said. "It was surreal to go back with a best-selling book, and also host a fundraiser for the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis. I kept asking my older brother to pinch me, which he did literally. And often.
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