Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

San Francisco isn’t much of a velvet ropes town. Unlike New Yorkers, people here are a bit less neurotic about how their social status is gauged by which table they sit at at which restaurant, whether they’re seated front row at a fashion show, how many times their name appears in a gossip column, or whether they’re permitted entry to the hippest club.

Perhaps it’s because the people who have money, good looks and status here are pretty secure that they will always have it, and those who don’t just don’t give a damn (or so they say.)

But even though we may not be terrorised by snooty hostesses, bitchy gossip columnists and velvet rope sadists, it’s a lot of fun to hear about those who are!

Glenn Belverio (above, left) is the author of “Confessions from the Velvet Ropes,” an insider account of what it’s really like in the frantic world of New York nightlife, fashion shows and celebrity parties… and it’s just as fun and crazy as you might imagine. His guide through much of it is Thomas Onorato (above, right), that city’s most famous doorman. (Yes, that’s right– in the bizarre world Belverio writes about, even the doorman can become famous.) Thomas has seen everything and tells all! We especially enjoy his story about a whacko Kimora Lee Simmons. Check it out for yourself, here.