ON THE HEELS of the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors
Guild Awards, the Academy Awards were centre-stage to wrap up the
2003 film award season.
Kicking off Oscar week in stellar form was the
luxe Kwiat Jewelry suite at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Kwiat hosted a splendid party that was chock full of celebrities
and people in demand like Sharon Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Keisha
Castle-Hughes, Michelle Branch, Vivica Fox, stylist Philip
Bloch, Catherine Dent (The Shield) and many others. Despite
the wattage of the celebrities at the party, nothing could compete
with the electricity generated by Kwiat jewellery. There were several
display cases throughout the suite that were showcasing the most
awesome jewellery. With stunning new designs featuring mixed gems
as well as the more traditional Kwiat styles, there was definitely
something to fit everyones tastes. The two young stars from
In America, Emma and Sarah Bolger, were sporting some
amazing baubles for the evening.
Also at the Four Seasons Hotel was the Estée
Lauder Spa suite for nominees, cooking with great spa treatments
and one of the ultimate dream teams of beauty and fashion
specialists. Along with appearances by Lauder spokesmodel Carolyn
Murphy were celebrity make-up artist Paul Starr, top
hairstylist Enzo Angileri, stylist Phillip Bloch,
brow specialist Donna Frank, æstheticians, massage
therapists, nail techs and a new addition to the team: fitness expert
Owen McKibbin, who brings customized workouts for nominees.
Many nominees came by for a treatment or two. Ben Kingsley
and his wife, Alexandra Christmann, did the Private Spa Getaway,
sports pedicure and hot lava rock massage. Charlize Theron
and her Mom had the Private Spa Getaway, too, along with hairstyling
for Oscar night! Nominee Holly Hunter had her hair done with
Angilieri for Oscar night plus manicure, pedicure, and sunless SuperTan
Body Treatment. Djimon Hounsou got a deep tissue massage,
sports pedicure and a manicure before the big night.
The gift baskets from Estée Lauder and Manolo Blahnik
were given to each nominee in honour of their outstanding achievements.
Estée Lauder included a selection of skin care (Idealist
Micro-D Deep Thermal Refinisher), colour (Electric Intense
Lip Crème), body products (soon to be released Body
Performance), fragrance (Beyond Paradise Eau de Parfum)
and the complete mens grooming line. Manolo Blahnik again
participated in this years gift bag to provide the first-ever
Manolo Blahnik travel bag that housed all the gifts. This
special bag had pouches to hold three pairs of Blahnik shoes. (Want
this bag for your Manolos? Its available exclusively at the
Manolo Blahnik store by special order!)
|Victoria Rowell was
photographed wearing coloured diamonds and a luscious Randi
Rahm creation that rustled as she walked and made her feel
like a princess
Male nominees received two Baccarat Vega Flutissimos
champagne flutes while the women received Baccarat Tentation
earrings. Each nominee received an Arnold Brandt cashmere
sweater, a Hermès throw and a bottle of La Grande
Dame Veuve Cliquot champagne.
Also at the Four Seasons Hotel was jewellery designer
Penny Preville. Her stunning jewellery was pretty popular
based on what was seen at various Oscar festivities. Mischa Barton
(The OC) wore a diamond necklace and clip along with two
bracelets. Amy Smart, Brittany Daniel (Club Dread)
and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) all wore pieces
of Penny Preville jewellery to parties.
The Peninsula Hotel was home to a slew
of suites. Elie Saab (designer to Halle Berry and
Debra Messing) presented his springsummer 2004 collection;
Rita Watnick showed her designs for Lily et Cie; Collette
Dinnigan featured her springsummer line as well. H.
Stern had celebs and stylists flocking to their suite to see
gorgeous baubles. Jimmy Choo had its fifth annual Oscar tea
at the Peninsula Hotel as well. Celebrities spotted checking out
gorgeous shoes that were adorned with crystals and beading included
stylist Philip Bloch who was there with both Keely Shaye
Smith (Pierce Brosnans wife) and Marsha Thomason;
Sara Rue, January Jones, Cheryl Tiegs, Emily Mortimer, Lacey
Chabert and La Fer swimwear designer, Fernanda Gonzalez.
Spotted downstairs in the bustling main floor of the Peninsula,
was a natty Pierce Brosnan and Wolfgang Puck.
Le Méridien Hotel was Oscar central
once again and it was swarming with press and stars all week. Bacardi
set up the lounge on the invitation-only floor for all suites and
it was wall-to-wall Bacardi Razz Mystic or My
Precious martinis, along with the cool orange décor
and tons of visitors like stylists George Blodwell and Philip
Bloch; celebs Melissa George (Alias), Vivica
Fox (Beauty Shop), Susan Ward (Sunset Beach),
Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), Kelly Hu
(X-Men 2), Ash Christian (Six Feet Under);
The Bold and the Beautifuls Ron Moss, Winsor Harmon,
Sean Kanan and Jack Wagner (Melrose Place).
This year surpassed last years Oscar showcase
of glittering jewellery, fabulous accessories and gorgeous couture.
Randi Rahm shared a suite with the Natural Colored Diamond
Association to showcase fabulous gowns (Vivica Fox snagged
one and sensational coloured diamond jewellery. Victoria Rowell
(The Young and the Restless) was photographed wearing coloured
diamonds and a luscious Randi Rahm creation that rustled as she
walked and made her feel like a princess.
The Beauty Collection Apothecary had a
showcase suite to feature a number of lines that are carried at
the upscale beauty store at the Farmers Market. With
stations featuring luxe unisex hair care by Kevin Murphy,
Maxwells Apothecary mens grooming products, Boscia
skin care, and other great brands of candles, hair and body care,
it was a must-visit suite. Other featured lines in the suite included
jewellery from Sculpture to Wear, fashions by St Pucchi,
and spa skincare from Vida Emanuel Day Spa.
Damone Roberts, brow guru to the stars,
made a repeat appearance at Le Méridien and nearly everyone
stopped in for a brow groomingfrom celebs to regular folk,
Damones was the place to be. (Look for an upcoming brow grooming
line from Mr Roberts!)
With glam clothing and accessories de rigueur for the Academy
Awards, there were tons of accommodating suites. Christian Tse,
MooRoo Handbags and Taryn Rose partnered a suite including
a great lounge to sit and chat while contemplating the latest in
gorgeous platinum and gold mesh jewellery or the latest and greatest
of the red carpet collection from Taryn Roses
collection of super-comfy and fashionable shoes. Taryn Roses
new collection of mens shoes were on famous feet Oscar night including those of Sean Connery, Billy Bush and Pat OBrien.
Estée Lauder womens lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel.
ABOVE, FROM TOP: Keisha Castle-Hughes
at the Kwiat suite. Also at Kwiat, Sharon Stone with Sarah and Emma
Bolger of In America. Kwiat floral cuff. Estée Lauder
pedicure station. Stuart Weitzmann suite saw Alison Krauss and Kelly