THERE WAS MUCH TO CHEER about the
days leading up to the 2011 Emmy Awards, and not only because alpha
cheerleader Jane Lynch (a.k.a. Glee’s Sue Sylvester) was
out there working the room throughout Hollywood and making herself
ubiquitous, appearing in everything from diet cuisine adverts to
other award shows, in one case, gleefully upstaging ’90s nostalgia
darlings Wilson Phillips.
Never has there been a better poster girl for American
television’s reach than Jane Lynch, from her character’s gym-dandy
attire to her often unexpectedly glamorous turns on the red carpet.
One could also Lynch is truly everywoman, blending occasion-appropriate
glamour with radiant good health and self-confidence that shines
through no matter how informally or formally she dresses.
Diamond, platinum and gold fine jewellery exhibitors
were conspicuously absent from pre-Emmy festivities as were over-the-top
watches, supple leather bucket bags and major designer jean and
shoe labels. It’s almost as if Sue Sylvester’s pragmatic, no-BS
outlook on life and wellness set the tone for all the pre-event
luxury lounges, including Nathalie DuBois’ elegantly rooftop gathering
at the Luxe Beverly Hills’ second annual Endless Summer prime-time
Emmy suite at Gonpachi of Beverly Hills produced by Doris Bergman
and Kathy Duliakas, and anchored by beloved old-school bath-and-body
Bergman knew she would be a ratings’ winner with her
celebrity guest list (Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, Jackee Harry,
Dot Marie Jones, Rex Lee, Randee Heller, Cheryl Hines and Rex Lee)
not only by staging her event on the Tuesday before the weekend
suite crush, but by once again using Beverly Hills-based Gonpachi’s
open spaces to showcase Vitabath’s
completely updated and revitalized collection of body treats (not
your grandmother’s Vitabath, for sure!), as well as the most comfortable
new sneakers to hit the market (Joya
Footwear, which wear like TemperPedic-material pillows that
surround the feet) and striking dress shoes for men (Oliver
Sweeney). The happy feet theme continued with the
inclusion of the inventive Bootights,
an Oprah-approved premium tight attached to a moisture-wicking performance
sock at the mid-calf or ankle.
At all the suites, socially conscientious celebrities
needed not worry about conflicted diamonds. Most featured jewellery
and accessories designers fashioned their wares either from recycled
vintage elements or earthy semi-precious metals and stones. Guests
at Endless Summer were treated to Royceware’s spiritual rocker pieces
for men and women, that paired nicely with the B Bag by Lisa
Berck, artfully embellished purses in buttery leather scaled
down to a nightclub appropriate size. Becca by Rebecca Virtue offered
swimwear for those choosing to watch the broadcast by the pool.
SpaCeuticals and Model in a Bottle were back with the latest
additions to their skin care lines. As visitors enjoyed five-star
cuisine by chef Yasu Kusano and cocktails with Blue Angel Ultra
Premium Vodka, author Lennie Ross could be overheard giving people
the spin on Blow Me, her ‘tongue & cheek’ answer to Sex and
the City, set amid the LA salon
and beauty scene (and she did it again, on site at the Alive Expo
later in the week).
To mention that Nathalie DuBois’ 2011 Emmy Lounge at
the Luxe Rodeo Drive hotel—and pretty much any event she has hosted
from Hollywood to Cannes—was a tasteful event is stating the obvious.
However, this time around, it also happened to be more delicious
than usual given the care that was put into staging the food and
beverage element of the event.
Cocktails made with Dragon Bleu vodka, Karma tequila
and Funkin’ Mixers were quenching the late summer heat, as were
the innovative recipes of favourite bartender D. Max Maxey, who
himself was a tall drink of water with his new, clean-shaven look.
Also back for some healthy quenching were Kusmi—one
of our favourite tea brands—and the founders of Millie’s
Cheesecakes, who were on hand to complement Max’s spa inspired
cocktails with their new, slightly floral flavours. If cheesecake
was not one’s thing, he or she could indulge with Nibnobs
sweets, expansive line of chocolate bonbons.
A Nathalie DuBois suite would not be complete without
the latest and most innovative brands of beauty goods and fashion
accessories. Japanese skin care line Pierarejeunne
offered celebrities a sneak peak of their exquisitely packaged technology
in a bottle (their D:Envie line contains cPA, a plant-based ingredient
claimed to enhance the regenerative ability of hyaluronic acid,
and Syn-ake, based on snake venom, which is claimed to soften wrinkles
by relaxing facial muscles). The new designer handbag line Jill
Milan is dedicated to saving the skins of animals with her sleek,
cruelty free evening clutches. Also in the works: Jill Milan fashion
statements for daytime, with room for work materials and iPads.
This suite’s contribution to the trend of more humbly
elegant jewellery included the new Story line by Kranz
and Ziegler, that picks up where the popular Pandora leaves
off. Their bracelet bases include sturdy leathers in a variety of
thicknesses in black, brown and several other sophisticated hues
and textures. A selection of sterling and vermeil charms customizes
and makes this up-and-coming DIY line
of jewellery individualized and as feminine or masculine as one wishes. While Los Angeles-based Earloomz is not in the earrings business, they bring international style
to the ears, not with diamonds, but Bluetooth headsets festooned
with graphics conceived by artists from around the world.
Tahiti, one of DuBois’ favourite places on Earth, was
well represented with Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa. However,
the tales of the South Pacific travel well, and celebrities could
also score a journey to this side of paradise by attending the Secret
Room at Beverly Hills’ Hotel l’Ermitage. This luxury lounge, also
peopled with earth-friendly product reps, was anchored by a station
devoted to Tahiti, Fiji and other heavenly islands. Air
Pacific’s Bob Parra not only informed celebrities and other
interested parties that Fiji’s International Airline was not only
the fastest way to the South Pacific, but an affordable alternative
to travel to New Zealand and Australia.
At the Secret Room, one could sip light-and-breezy cocktails
fashioned with Gosling’s rum (dispensed by mixologist Jesse of Ocean
Bar Service) and Vuqo vodka from the Philippines. However, Brazilian
Peel offered guests a sort of cocktail for face, neck and décolletage.
Formulated with 30 per cent glycolic acid, antioxidant açaí
and their proprietary Q-Mag Neutralizer, Brazilian Peel is the first
professional-strength peel designed to deliver deeper, long-lasting
results at home. Those who prefer wine or coffee, meanwhile, were
quite pleased to see Whitening
Lightening, a new home dental whitening product that does for
teeth what Brazilian Peel promises for skin—clinical results at
home (offering Lucire, Lucire Home readers and Facebook visitors
an exclusive discount for a brighter smile).
Elyse Glickman is US west coast editor of Lucire.
Above Some of the celebrities at the Secret Room.