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Lucire 2010 For a good cause Madison & Mulholland’s Golden Globes’ suite benefited victims of the Hati earthquake.

Global proportions

Even with shadows of economic, environmental and political concerns looming, Golden Globe events provide a silver lining that transcends the glow of celebrity. Elyse Glickman and Leyla Messian head to suites hosted by Madison & Mulholland, Nathalie DuBois and GBK to find what glows even more brightly
DPA photographs by Kerstin Alm

 

THOUGH THE EARLIER-THAN-USUAL AWARD SHOW SEASON HIT Hollywood after the holidays like a surprise birthday party—as did rains of biblical proportions—we were impressed with the warmth that surfaced at pre-award festivities that normally focus on both American entertainment royalty and the luxuries that get them through their average day. Though charity has always played a role in the raison d’être of pre-award gifting events, A-listers, guests and vendors were genuinely more focused on what they could give back.

As she always does so brilliantly, Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko transformed a large section of the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills into a retreat for nominees and A-listers. Though many of her featured lines have their hearts in the right place in regards to charity, Nathalie was particularly passionate about the fact that her 2010 Globes’ Suite had a very specific charitable focus in the wake of the Hati earthquake that took place just days before, especially as one of her staff and some of the regular attendees were personally and directly impacted by the tragedy. At the check-in table, you could find brochures drawing attention to Jimmy Jean-Louis, one of the stars of NBC’s Heroes. Though Jean-Louis founded Hollywood Unites for Hati (www.hufh.org) long before the quake to help raise money to improve living conditions and create educational opportunities such as a boys’ and girls’ club, Nathalie wanted to be sure the organization’s urgent call to action was heard.

The call was heard, with several of her attendees opening their hearts and wallets for the cause.

While Nathalie did point out to us this was one of her most charity-focused events, she also departed from her usual format of a luxuriously eclectic market-place for the best of the best. Each room had a focus, one being a fashion studio and the other being a full-service spa that has every corner of the body covered, from Massage Express and Sphatika’s wonderful skin care, to some of the top lines of cosmetics in the world, including Sisley Paris Cosmetics’ vibrant summer colours, to Kerstin Florian, Brazilian Blowout’s hair taming, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ brow works and Nettie Davis manicures—possibly her most A-list beauty line-up to date.

DuBois-Sissoko’s fashion and accessories line-up was also flawless, from Eva Varro’s travel-ready dresses and tops and Marchon eyewear’s Robert Schienberg being the consummate showman, to sparkling Swarovski crystal and silver Micalla Jewelry (www.micalla.com), Tucker Paisley’s eco-friendly accessories (www.tuckerpaisley.com), Geisha Fabulous hair accessories (www.geishafabulous.com), Dianna DiNoble’s architecturally wondrous
Starkers! Corsetry and others who make it their business to support several charities through some of their proceeds.

The Peninsula Hotel event also offered food and drink for thought, including Steaz Teas, Bird Pick teas, Garrett’s Popcorn (a Chicago institution) and Chokolinis (chocolate-covered dried apple bits). Spirit sponsors Cabana Cachaca, St Germain Liqueur and Crystal Head Vodka were spun into cocktail art by mixologist D. ‘Max’ Maxey. And what would Nathalie’s delightful spread be without an escape to a real paradise for the upper eschelon of talent? Le Tahaa (a private island) and the St Regis Bora Bora took centre-stage in her travel area.

In the wake of the Hati earthquake, even as the party happened around them, Madison & Mulholland’s hosts and planners discussed ways they could extend themselves further with special fundraisers to help with the relief efforts via Help for Orphans International (www.helpfororphans.org), the headlining charity for the event (dedicating proceeds for this event to aid for Hati) along with the popular Clothes off Our Back (www.ClothesOffOurBacks.org).

While celebrities got the opportunity to give back through the creation of gift bags for auction on that site during the gifting suite portion of the day, a centre-piece night-time cocktail party enabled people to give of themselves in other ways via a chance to buy wardrobe-building accessories from our favourite Hollywood accessorizer Charlie Lapson and the event’s other vendors. High rollers could bid on treasures from Picasso, Chagall and Van Cleef & Arpel in a silent auction.

Individual vendors at Madison & Mulholland’s events were, refreshingly, not just supporting the charities with their presence, but raising awareness for their own causes. Kellee W. Peer, for example, brought back a favourite ’80s accessory (the hard case folded magazine clutch) to create Clutch for Cures (www.clutchforcures.com), with custom designs dedicated to a myriad of charities, while Beth Nonte Russell promoted her moving book Forever Lily, a companion fragrance and GoodTrueBeautiful.com, which outlines the mission of the Golden Phœnix Foundation, which aims to end child abandonment around the world. A pair of teen titans, Ariel Stern and Anjelica Mantikas, were showing off a pert line of active wear drawing attention to their charity One Is Better than None.

After a day (and night) of giving and exchanging ideas, the guests’ other senses were rewarded with velvety smooth martinis courtesy of the prolific bartenders representing Shaker’s Vodka (excellent when mixed with Herbasway’s lusciously flavoured and nutritious elixirs), Adult Chocolate Milk, Joe’s Pizza, Eagle Castle Winery’s wines and hors d’œuvres, Hansen’s always-popular cakes and insanely gorgeous cheeses hand-selected by the Beverly Hills Cheese Lady and her daughter. An élite group of guests were extended invites to Paris (via Paris Luxe Apartments) and Antigua.

REUSE Jeans was one of our favourite clothing line discoveries of the weekend, not only because of their exceptional fit (eat your heart out, True Religion!), but the fact that every inch of the comfortable denim is fashioned out of reconstituted cotton made up from scraps collected from the floors of garment manufacturers. Also impressive was a line-up of behind-the-scenes beautifiers from TC Fine Shapewear to Verragio’s affordable secondary line (made with conflict-free Diamonique stones) which is virtually indistinguishable from its high-end fine jewellery line, to Sakura Silk, Keratin Complex hair care (made with organic ingredients sourced from New Zealand), Dex New York Mineral Make-up, Keratin Complex hair care and Laguna Greenworks’ ActiveIon Pro Ionic house-cleaning device (because we all know a green, bacteria-free home is always in style).

GBK hosted its always-multi-charity event at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, with its requisite mix of returning favourites and hot new lines. One noteworthy returning vendor was Okobos Footwear’s Tom Juza, who not only offered new styles from the line’s ultra-comfortable collection, but also new interchangeable shoe accents and greater awareness for their prolific charitable Partners Program, which donates $15 of every pair sold online to a partner charity and $10 to the Okobos Foundation, benefiting children in need. We also were pleased to see Dr Garth Fisher, who not only created the fantastic CellCeutical Biomedical skin care line, but also introduced us to a new sunscreen extension we hope to try once the rains yield back to California’s usual sunshine.

We also delighted in a wonderful array of new jewellery lines, including Cool Jools by Martha Calvo and Paragon of Design by Skrocki, which forged Middle Eastern, east Asian and mediæval design elements and new materials together to end up with lines that stand out and make a statement, down to some of their recycled components. Hip and Hippie’s candles were just plain adorable, as was Hard Candy cosmetics’ line retro-fitted with new packaging and economy-friendly pricing. Croton Watches was back on the scene with art-déco-influenced-feminine styles with and edgy Unisex watch silhouettes. We also washed down dessert with Celsius, a tasty calorie-burning energy drink.

Keeping everybody focused on the higher cause were GBK’s Golden Globes quartet of causes: Donate Life (onelegacy.org), GLAAD (www.glaad.org), City of Hope (www.cityofhope.org) and A Source of Joy Theatricals (theatre and culinary arts, www.broadwayinthehood.com). Dr Tracie Battle of Great Expressions Dental Center and Dougherty Laser Vision were on hand to not only promote services for A-listers but also medical and philanthropic services they provide on the side for people in need.

Though there were other Globes’ suites keeping people entertained, such as the popular mother-and-child-slanted Boom Boom Room, the élite suite Stuff You Must and that other uncomfortable shindig crammed into the tiny corporate space occupied by Zune MP3 players, the most powerful statements were made by the various charities and the sight of celebrities actually giving back and being present in the moment. Legit (from film and series TV) celebrities, nominees and executives making the rounds included Evan Handler, Jordin Sparks, comedienne Carol Leifer, Kate Flannery and other cast members of the US version of The Office, Neve Campbell, Jordana Brewster, Jennie Garth, Bill Maher, Jaime Pressley, Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch (Glee), Thora Birch, James Kyson Lee, Gary Cole, Eva LaRue, stylist George Blodwell, Ashley Greene, Rob Riggle, Leslie David Baker, Eric Roberts, Eli Roth, Edie Falco, Beau Bridges, Christopher Lloyd, Julie Benz, Isabelle Fuhrman, Busy Philipps, C. C. H. Pounder, Thomas Jane, Melora Hardin, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Calabro and more.

Finally, during a time where any watch over $1,000 makes little sense, we were happy to discover Ice Watch, a hot new line from Belgium that combines a great price (US$85–US$250), couture watch styling and practical materials in a rainbow of colours. Though we weren’t privy to the Globes’ shindig they partook in, we are sure that this line (whose existing fans include Christian Slater), were a hit among bona fide, rising and reality TV stars in attendance. •

 

In the wake of the Hati earthquake, Madison & Mulholland’s hosts and planners discussed ways they could extend themselves further with special fundraisers to help with the relief efforts

 

Above, from top Eva La Rue. Evan Handler. Eric Roberts. Edie Falco. Thomas Jane. Ashley Green. Ashley Jones. Melora Hardin. Billy Zane and Charlie. Gilles Marino and Janet. Inset, from top Beau Bridges. Ashley Jones in a corset. Joe Mantegna.

 

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