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Naeem Khan runway show
  • Matt and Lucy attended Naeem Khan's show at Fashion Week with friend Michele Merkin. Reports are at USA Today, Yahoo Shine, New York magazine, the Daily Mail and WWD. Photos are at PopSugar, GossipCenter, Zimbio and WENN. A comment from Naeem Khan's Facebook page is below.

    Naeem Khan Facebook
    We were so honored to have the very sweet Matt Damon attend our show for the second time with his lovely wife, Lucy - love this coverage from New York Magazine.

    NY Magazine (Fug Girls)
    And then, quietly and with no fanfare or packs of security guards, the third time became the proverbial charm: Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, emerged from backstage, casually, as if they were out to brunch. While everyone tried not to lose their minds, he immediately signed a little girl’s copy of The Daily and posed for a photo with her, then sat back and looked completely relaxed, resting his hand gently on his wife’s knee — a knee, we must note, that was clad in some really, really good leather pants (not that you’d expect Mrs. Matt Damon to have really, really mediocre leather pants). Barroso, per usual, seemed completely calm despite the maelstrom around her and her husband.

    “She is way cooler than most people,” Damon affirmed to us. “Including her husband.” Damon seemed to have a great time at the show, mouthing complimentary things about the dresses coming down the runway and constantly pointing stuff out to his wife that he liked. Not that it matters: “My fashion opinion gets easily overruled in our house, really,” he said. “By everyone. Including my 2-year old.”

    And if your burning query is why, therefore, Matt Damon was attending a fashion show full of very sparkly evening gowns and the occasional caftan, none of which would flatter his figure, the answer is that they’re friends with Khan — although we asked if we can instead ascribe it to him being a noted womenswear enthusiast: “Nah. Well, yes, you could, because that would be very funny.” Done. And now that we’re clearly best friends with Noted Womenswear Enthusiast Matt Damon, we can go about chasing our other Fashion Week white whale: Joan Collins.

    USA Today
    That was Matt Damon's stunned response to one of the intricate, spectacular beaded gold gowns shown by Naeem Khan on Tuesday. Damon and his wife, Lucy, are pals with Khan and sat front row, along with Taraji P. Henson and Vanessa Hudgens.

    Yahoo Shine
    We saw quite the mix of celebrities today. Katherine Heigl, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Selita Ebanks, Alexa Ray Joel, Christine Baranski, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, and Morgan Saylor (who plays the daughter on "Homeland") to name a few. But we had the ultimate sighting backstage at the Naeem Khan show. Matt Damon! OK, so he was doing an interview with E!, but he was looking straight into our eyes as we snapped this photo. What was he doing at fashion week??? Apparently a big fan of the Naeem Khan. "I've learned a little bit about fashion through him," said Damon. "It's interesting. His clothes are like an expression of him. He's really elegant and that comes out in the stuff he makes, too. It's just really wonderful. And nobody's ever made my wife look more beautiful." Aww.

    I’M SEATING MATT DAMON: Matt Damon is hardly the front row fixture, so when the actor turned up squiring his beautiful wife, Luciana, to Naeem Khan’s Lincoln Center runway show on Tuesday afternoon, it caused quite a stir. “Matt! You’re at a fashion show!” one baffled photographer exclaimed between snaps. “Yeah, that’d be pretty bad if I didn’t know that,” the actor replied. Moments later, a particularly nervy (and adorable) eight-year-old girl approached the actor for an autograph and picture, to which Damon accommodated without hesitation. “Aw!” a p.r. girl squealed. “That just melted my heart.”

  • There's a new promotion for Water.org at their website, outlined at LA Times and The Guardian, including:

    Damon and his collaborators hope their "strike with me" campaign will ignite the internet and pressure Washington to revive the stalled Water for the World Act, which would increase funding for projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

    The star is most popular with women aged 34-45, not a group which drives YouTube hits.

  • Columnist Liz Smith on Matt's performance on House of Lies -here.
  • 16 comments or Leave a comment
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 13th, 2013 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

    Naeem Khan

    More posts and comments:

    Cute photo:
    @marthagraeff1: Matt Damon at #naeemkhan show! @ Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week http://instagr.am/p/VpHRvFR8zR/

    Video of Matt and Lucy from https://twitter.com/fuggirls

    Bracelet close-up
    Yahoo! Shine ‏@YahooShine
    Matt Damon wears a leather bracelet with silver skulls on it. Alert!#nyfw http://instagr.am/p/VpG9JYtT41/

    Rose Camille ‏@CamilleTFA
    brynpoulos's photo http://instagram.com/p/VpIcXatM9j/ Matt Damon front row at Naeem Khan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Naeem Khan

    I Love Lucy's outfit. She looks great with her leather pants. (I note that three of the ladies in the front row are wearing them, including Lucy)
    BTW, Do you know who's the woman sitting next to Matt? Maybe Naheem Khan's wife?
    I'm a big fan of bracelets and I think Matt's rocks! (>‿◠)✌
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 13th, 2013 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Naeem Khan

    It's Ranjana Khan next to Matt, Naeem's wife (and jewelry designer).
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Stunning blonde next to Lucy

    Does anyone know who is the beautiful, tall blonde next to Lucy? Ive seen her in past pictures with them at restaurants and she was also in the after-party pics of Naheem's show last year. Just curious that's all.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stunning blonde next to Lucy

    I saw on PopSugar her reserved tag name at the show...she's Michelle Merkin Waitt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 13th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Stunning blonde next to Lucy

    As mentioned in the main story (and many times previously on the site), she's Michele Merkin, former model, TV host etc. They've been friends for years (she's part of the clique with Lisa Snowdon). Michele recently married Ted Waitt, a 'billionaire philanthropist', who is sitting next to her.

    Michele has the familiar bio (with Skylar Satenstein) of former medical student of Swedish origin turned model.

    Edited at 2013-02-13 12:58 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 13th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Spotted Matt's dog tag

    In the last PopSugar picture Matt's rather large dogtag is visible through his sheer black shirt.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)


    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)

    Additional reports

    Video of the show:

    This report talks Valentine's Day plans and says Naeem went up to Matt and Lucy in his runway farewell, but you can't see it clearly on the video above.


    Matt Damon liked this one. He poked his wife in the leg and said, "That's great." I thought you should know.

    Backstage interview



    Edited at 2013-02-14 02:08 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Oscars & More

    Do you think Matt will attend the Oscars this year?

    Glad to see the new Water.org campaign is having a great impact on people (and not only among women aged 34-45)

    I must say I never expected to see Matt talking about fashion... L☺L

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Oscars & Valentine's Day

    As Ben is now very likely to win for Argo, Matt may want to attend to support him (and share in the celebrations). Matt hasn't been announced as a presenter, but even if he was attending they may not announce it to keep it a surprise.

    The two Valentine's Day quotes recently:


    Actors Matt Damon and John Krasinski are making plans, hoping they hold.
    "Thank God we will be with our significant others by then, so..," Damon says.
    "Well unless the storm keeps you here and it is you and me again!" Krasinski jokes.
    "If the storm is really bad then we are going to have a nice dinner," Damon laughs.


    Last year, Naeem's show fell on Valentine's Day so Matt and Luciana had their plans all set, but this year, Matt's leaving it to the last minute. "Is it bad if I haven't figured that out yet?" he replied when we asked what he had planned for Thursday.

    Edited at 2013-02-14 09:08 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Water videos

    By my reckoning, there have been over 500,000 hits on YouTube for the video and vlogging spots (not counting copycat postings). The campaign has been amazingly successful, but what really strikes me as near miraculous is the fact that they managed to keep it a secret! Wow!

    There were some hilarious lines in both the "press conference" and the vlogs. My personal favorites:

    "Are you talking about both pee pee and caa caa? Because if it's just caa caa I am totally with you".

    From wheezywaiter to ghostly Matt.... ww: "Matt Damon!" Matt:"Hey" ww:"What do I do?" Matt:"I really just came here to say, 'Hey'".

    "When in doubt, clench it out."

    And "And just say no to drugs, as long as we're saying 'No' to things."

    And, of course, 'the wink'.

    I may have to subscribe to wheezywaiter.

    Ha, ha, great stuff! Congrats, Matt

    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 14th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)


    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 19th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Article

    Matt Damon = Hot American model.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 14th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Someone could always photoshop one of the Carnival Triumph photos http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278616/Carnival-Triumph-Cruise-ship-returns-port-Mobile-Alabama-Thursday.html to "STRIKE" and mail it to mailonlinepictures@dailymail.co.uk :) That might help people realize the crisis - that "approximately 1.2 billion people on our planet have no facilities to ensure hygienic separation from their own exreta." ( http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/sanitation/ ) http://strikewithme.org
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 16th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

    Valentine's Day dinner


    Matt Damon surprises wife Luciana with roses at V-Day dinner
    Celebrities wined and dined their sweethearts on Valentine’s Day just like everyone else. Matt Damon brought wife Luciana to a romantic date at the Gansevoort Park Hotel’s Asellina, where he had a bouquet of roses delivered during dinner.

    Edited at 2013-02-16 06:27 am (UTC)
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