The mothers and daughters of invention
Though big names once again head to Doris Bergman
and Kathy Duliakass annual love fest celebrating Valentines
Day and the Academy Awards, Elyse Glickman and Leyla Messian
find goods and services from several women-owned businesses are
the stars of the day
Vivaca A. Fox
Elyse Glickman is US west coast editor of Lucire.
Leyla Messian is a senior writer for Lucire.
A BOUQUET OF ROSES GREETED us on
our special date for this Valentines Day. What made a lasting
impact, however, were the roses were in lush liquid formats specially
arranged by event co-host and Australian beauty firm Jurlique. The
soft, warm rose scent made a strong first impression-enough to make
Mischa Barton, Vivica A. Fox, Marilu Henner and Sofia Milos swoon
However, men in attendance were just as impressed. Commented
famously articulate veteran actor Billy Zane, This suite is
exquisite. Its very generous. There’s a splendid array
of goodies! Twilight Eclipse hotties Michael Welch,
Bronson Pelletier and Kiowa Gordon were in agreement.
Though products and food provided equal-opportunity
allure, what made the event linger in our memory was the sweet smell
of success for a variety of women entrepreneurs in the spotlight.
A point of pride for Doris was the attendance of Oscar-nominated
costume designer Jenny Beaven, who recreated pre-World War II royal
splendour for The King’s Speech. (All told, however,
the dashing Dana Brunetti, producer of Best Picture nominee The
Social Network was an impressive figure in his own right).
Though we just missed Café La Boheme’s
five-star cuisine created by La Boheme executive chef Christine
Banta, there was plenty on hand to satisfy our appetite for stylish
new inventions. Our afternoon kicked off with well received libations
from Waialua Soda Works, Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka and Vermeer
Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueurs. This was chased with a sugar rush
from boutique sweets purveyors Antonia’s Nuts and new exhibitor
Rubina’s Cake Shoppe.
While Rubina’s bon-bon sized cakes were quite addictive, it
was so fitting that her spot-on reproduction of this year’s
one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton’s it bag was aptly positioned
next to Menbur point person Taura
King’s candybox-like arrangement of the line’s hand-crafted
What came next turned out the be the ultimate girl’s
day in on many levels, especially with so many of the products
developed or marketed by savvy women. We were pleased to once again
see the return of Twisted
Silver, a statement making but affordable line of jewellery
eco-crafted from a variety of unusual found objects as well as make-up
setting miracle Model in a Bottle. Though no shampoo was to be found
here this go-round, we delighted in the presence of Milani Clip-In
Hair Extensions and Whirl-a-Style, which offered us new ways to
remedy a bad hair day without hours of blow-drying drama. New to
the scene was the new skin care line Stemulation,
brought to market in part by president and CEO
Laurie Nicholm, which promises to mitigate the appearance of lines,
wrinkles and age spots. We brought our beauty booty home in an eco-friendly
bag from Seattle-based Emilie
Sloan, whose collection brings a twenty-first-century sensibility
to Lilly Pulitzer style (i.e. fabrics and functionality that enable
the bags to work as well at the office as they would at the beach).
Though guests looked forward to relaxing with their
newly acquired Canyon Candle, others who wanted or needed instant
relief got it from high tech (and miraculously packable and weightless)
runners by Chung Shi and
flexible (!) wooden sandals by Austria-based Wooccoli
(so much cushier than the Dr Scholl’s of our teen years).
In the spirit of giving back, press and celebrities
brought stuffed animals and toys to donate to Love
Cures Cancer, all of which will be delivered to Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day. Love Cures Cancer
is a programme of Love Cures All, a 501 (c)(3) California non-profit
corporation, dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and
improving the daily experience of children in treatment at the Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles.