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March 5, 2015

Truly, madly and deeply WOWed at the Luxe Hotel

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When we arrived at the WOW Creations Celebrity Gifting Suite at the Luxe Hotel Beverly Hills and checked in (and handed a particularly delicious box of chocolates), Matthew and Mark Harris took particular pride in telling us that they do their suites just a bit differently from their competitors. It’s as much about the friendly, relaxed tone they set as it is about the right mix of sponsors and innovative products.
   We have to say the real stars of the show, as the intrepid twin impresarios promised, were the entrepreneurs and inventors. As we sipped on Five Wives Vodka’s decadent vanilla custard flavour and Donkey Piss Tequila (don’t let the name fool you—it’s premium stuff and makes a solid margarita) and snacked on Pop chips, Confetti sweets, new flavours of Cottage Kitchen crackers and Sarah’s Skinny Sweets, we found ourselves very inspired about the products we were surrounded with. We were looking forward to trying out the Ponderosa coffee, whose aroma alone gave us a welcome jolt of energy, as well as dried fruits and preserves from Burkhart Organics. It was also nice to receive several boxed of Daily Body Restore Probiotics, created by a woman-owned company.
   Inspyered Creations does a most timely and accessible spin on the steampunk æsthetic, upcycling the remains of watches and other elements in to impressively graceful cufflinks, necklaces, rings and earrings. Manitoba-born artist Meagan Brown’s designs are informed by her 100-year-old childhood home, which imbued her with a reverence for antiques and a desire to create a line where no two pieces are the same.
   Beverly Hills-based Gem Mountain Studios, meanwhile, bridges the gap between fine jewellery and wearable wire-wrapping style. In the hands of designing brothers Isaac and Baruch Kaufman, rare coins, minerals, stones and precious gems are shaped into sterling silver and 14 ct gold musically inspired shapes. Fans include Jack Black, Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, EDM DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold, Jason Isaacs, and Kiwi Daniel Logan. The collection, exclusively made in-house, run the gamut from everyday pieces to investment estate pieces and can be found at their Beverly Hills boutique and website.
   Beautiful and environmentally friendly accents for the home included deliciously plush hand towel sets from Grande Maison Linens, richly aromatic candles and long-lasting wax from Rosalinde Blake, to Bedol Water Clocks’ candy-coloured table and wall clocks whose digital mechanisms are powered by water (via ionization). Artist Sonya Paz added a wonderful swath of colour to the day with watches and business card cases emblazoned with her lively prints. IndieExhibit, an independent collective of artists and creators, was back with a new assortment of artistic creations running the gamut from jewellery and art prints to kitchen hand towels with zany cat prints and decorative ceramics.
   Innovative skin care abounded, and we were introduced to RX Clinical, Pure Premium Karite Butter, Under the Sun Shampoo, and EMK Beverly Hills plant placenta-based skin care. The best beauty tip of the Oscar season was dispensed by the rep from Rx Clinical while discussing their new cleanser: always wash off your make-up, as one night of sleeping in it ages you seven days.
   With swimwear season around the corner in southern California, Neha Assar provided charming and tasteful temporary body art ideas for those who dare to take their fashion statements beyond jewellery. We love their tag line (‘Life is too short not to wear gold’), and think these will look very good paired with tanned skin and a pearl bracelet, or a lightweight button-down shirt and faded jeans. While a gel called Non F Monster by McCoy promises to reduce the appearance of cellulite as well as alleviate stressed muscles, the fact that it is first Japanese company to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival is pretty interesting.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, Correspondent



















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March 2, 2015

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar endorses Proactiv Plus

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Above Publicity photos of Sarah Michelle Gellar for Proactiv Plus.

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has netted another celebrity endorsement deal, a year after her first Specsavers appearance.
   Endorsing Proactiv Plus (officially styled Proactiv+), the Emmy Award-winning actress says she originally used Proactiv as a teenager. She discovered that as an adult, she continued to have some acne breakouts, and spotted an infomercial for Proactiv Plus one night.
   ‘I experienced great results with the original Proactiv three-step system so after seeing an infomercial for Proactiv Plus, I decided to give the new system a try. And it works! The first thing I noticed was how much cleaner and brighter my skin looked and felt,’ she said in a release.
   Gellar’s promotions commence this week. The company has used social media to spread its message further, with exclusive content on its Facebook (note that this may redirect to a national site, which could lack any information on the Gellar campaign; a non-redirect page can be found here), Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest, using the hashtag #SMGforProactiv.

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February 27, 2015

Debbie does glamping

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In a very friendly, relaxed and airy Stardust Penthouse atop the Beverly Hilton, guests of Debbie Durkin’s 2015 edition of the Eco Luxe Oscar Style Lounge could receive posh perk-ups, including blow-drys, organic spray tans and make-up touch-ups by OC Hair & Makeup. Celebrity pets were treated to eco-friendly goodies from Canadog and other vendors.
   Choices Recovery was the very timely charitable focus of the event, and reps from the organization were on hand to educate and raise awareness of the options that exist for those struggling with substance abuse. To set the mood, Durkin’s team joined forces with innovative company Under Canvas, known for its retreat packages to such healing destinations in the US as Moab, Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The hotel penthouse was transformed into a glamorous camping-style escape (hence ‘glamping’) with stylish hunting lodge-chic décor. Élan Event Rentals, LBPS Events and Frances Lynn Creative Florals provided beautiful assistance in setting the mood for both the day- and night-time festivities (hosted by Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Gretchen Christine Rossi and Chris Booker of AMP Radio).
   Attendees included nominees and winners from the crews of films such as American Sniper, The Theory of Everything, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit and Whiplash. They included Ben Wilkins (Oscar winner, Whiplash, for best sound mixing), Elise Robertson (Oscar nominee, American Sniper), Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou (Oscar nominee, Guardians of the Galaxy, for make-up and hairstyling), Jason Canovas (Oscar nominee, The Hobbit, for sound editing), Lisa Bruce (producer of The Theory of Everything), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), philanthropist Nancy Davis (Race to Erase MS), Carolyn Hennesy (Revenge), Ken Davitian (Borat), Christian Oliver (Alarm für Cobra 11: die Autobahnpolizei), Amanda Adrienne, Claudia Wells, Kelly Perine, Jillian Murray, Craig Scime, Cassandra Michaels, Daisy Jacobs, Suzan Brittan, Adina Porter, May Wang, Andrea Bogart, and our friends Donna Spangler and Richie Benveniste.
   Daytime guests stopped by for make-up, spray tans and hair touch-ups from nationwide mobile company OC Hair & Make-up, stocked up on pet gear from CanaDog and KD Pet Protector, and canine babysitting services from Gardena-based Camp Run-a-Mutt. VIPs left with gift bags containing gift certificates for dog collars by Let There Be Collars and complimentary services at Animal Healing & Wellness. Humans got certificates for free candles at Sugar Mint Candle Co. and complimentary sessions at Body & Brain Yoga in Burbank.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent







































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February 26, 2015

All in good taste: the Secret Room’s 2015 Oscar lounge

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Depending on how you see it, an Oscar event staged in a small courtyard and an adjoining room can either read as “exclusive”, “intimate” or “scaled down”. While the roving day spa-and-boutique complexes staged on sprawling estates of 2005 have found their place in Hollywood lore, in 2015, they are pretty much replaced with self-contained pocket-sized lounges whose live vendors support the theme of an event’s charity of choice. And sometimes, less really can be more.
   This go round, Rita Branch and Amy Boatwright’s Secret Room Beauty Bar & Luxury Lounge trumpeted the organization Fashionomics Live!, which offers high school students an engaging career exploring process behind the scenes at businesses and events. The group’s Tour Stop and Pop-Up internship programme helps students embrace the process of exploring multiple professions and careers in fashion and other industries with the intention of helping them become better prepared for their college years.
   Tony & Guy took over one corner of the W Hotel Westwood’s courtyard (where Red Carpet Events staged their pre-Grammy celebration), treating VIPs to with spa, beauty, massage and hair services, while those waiting could sip on new branded coffees from Guy Fieri and the Cake Boss and snack on decadent ice-cream-flavoured yoghurt from German company Müller or sip BrainToniq energy drinks. Ancestry.com was also on hand to provide a perspective on the unique things that made the guests (literally) what they are today.
   After those nifty touch-ups press and celebrities could stock up on fat blockers by Calorease, vitamin gummies from Fiber Choice for immunity and metabolism boosts, heartburn relief from Gutsy Chewy, brow boosters from Revitalash, and fantastic wine from Argentine and Chilean producers. Silver Jewelry by Night Fox by Kate Finley was the fashion highlight of the event, with its rough hewn elegance offset by semiprecious and precious stones. Kate’s pieces are hand-crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold using techniques such as Torch fusion (connecting metal without solder) reticulation (surface of the metal is heated to melting point and then quickly cooled) and lost wax casting.
   Bags reserved exclusively for celebrity guests included vouchers for vacations at some of the world’s great resorts (including Anantara, Waiakea, Old Bahama Bay, West Glow Resort & Spa and the Aria Hotel in Budapest) as well as fashion and accessories from LeTarte, Elizabeth Jane, Huit, Paula Callejas and Uzurii Swarovski-encrusted flip-flops.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor



Above Night Fox by Kate Finley was the jewellery stand-out at the Oscar edition of the Secret Room Beauty Bar & Luxury Lounge this year.












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February 19, 2015

To the Oscars with love: Doris Bergman’s 2015 Valentine Romance style lounge

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KVR Creative/courtesy Doris Bergman

Even if seasoned Hollywood PR pro and impresario Doris Bergman asks for feedback on her events, the truth is that with her Oscar-Valentine and Emmy events, she consistently “knocks them out of the park” (as we say in the baseball-crazy USA). Once again, West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive restaurant played host to the Seventh Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party, and the vibe was friendly, appetizing (lots of fresh-from-the-oven goodies from F&O’s kitchen) and quite stylish for both the celebrities and attending press.
   Seven, however, proved to be particularly charming for Doris, not only with her mix of guests and products, but also lots of surprises. While her roster of talent (including Rosa Blasi, Sofia Milos, Deidre Hall, James Kyson Lee, Lisa Vidal, Lisa Ann Walter, Kelsey Scott, Carolyn Hennesy, Rénée Taylor, Joe Bologna, and Greg Grunberg) enjoyed this favourite family reunion of sorts, the icing on the Valentine’s Day cupcake was a visit from LA’s enduring designer Sue Wong. While her selection of dresses for the A-listers dazzled, it was a whole other matter when the belle of the ball strolled in to witness for herself celebrities falling in love with her artistry all over again.
   As Sue and Doris greeted each other, it suddenly hit me that both women have a lot in common, including making every invited guest to their soirées feel welcome, accepted, well fed and fashionable. The motherly love exuded at the event provided a perfect backdrop for official charity Wednesday’s Child. KTTV Fox 11 News’s Los Angeles presenter Christine Devine was present to support and answer questions about her signature cause beyond her weekly local broadcasts. Celebrities were encouraged to bring new, unwrapped gifts, including clothing, accessories, electronics, sporting equipment, monetary donations, etc., for a post-holiday gift drive for teens currently living in foster care.
   The returning and still fabulous perennials filling out the Fig & Olive garden included MDSun USA skin care, Silvana K Designs jewellery, Arbonne Essentials’ nutrition products, Spongelle bath products, Kama Sutra, Twisted Silver by Debra Mitchell, Single by Galina Sobolev, Telic (with new bling accessories), and Model in a Bottle (now with a sensitive skin formula).
   Although Samiah appeared at a certain Golden Globes event a few weeks ago, and in spite of the fact that the mercury hit 30°C (86°F), the bespoke coat designer showed her presence could stand up to a seasoned veteran like Sue Wong in both her artistry with fabric and her ease with guests from all walks of life. Shangri-La of Luxury helped clear the air for prosperity with delicious home and body fragrances, as did candles from the new Burbank boutique Shoppe 815. Beauty mavens could rejoice with an opportunity to test out all-natural hair care from Pura d’Or and the Kelley West Microderm360° Dermabrasion Tool and skin care line. Another motherly touch: the rep encouraged guests to use it responsibly and check out special demos at microderm360.com/ before putting this Home Shopping Network best seller to work.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor



































































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February 9, 2015

Miranda Kerr, Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Jess Glynne celebrate after the 2015 Grammy Awards

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Stefanie Keenan

Warner Music Group hosted an after-party for the artists signed to its label at Château Marmont in West Hollywood on Sunday night, celebrating those who had been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award, including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Clean Bandit, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Faith Hill, Hunter Hayes, Neil Young, Paramore, Tegan and Sara, the Black Keys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead, Coldplay and others.
   The event featured live performances from Charli XCX, Jessie J, and Jess Glynne, among numerous others. Other VIPs on the guest list were Priyanka Chopra, Miranda Kerr, Josh Groban, Paris Hilton, Taye Diggs, Aloe Blacc, Mel B and Stephen Belafonte, Brandy Clark, Gary Clark, Jr and Nicole Trunfio, Clean Bandit, Courteney Cox, Sheryl Crow, Jason Derulo, Jamie Foxx, Kat Graham, Lydia Hearst, Amy Heidemann, Icona Pop, Randy Jackson, Emily Joyce, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jaime King, John Legend, Jenny Lewis, Juliette Lewis, Annie Lennox, Angela Lindvall, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Oakenfold, Rita Ora, Ryan Phillippe, Perrey Reeves, Fatima Robinson, Nile Rodgers, Michelle Rodriguez, Mark Ronson, Russell Simmons, Jordin Sparks, Sevyn Streeter, Chrissy Teigen, Aisha Tyler, Erin Wasson, Marlon Wayans, Will.i.am, Dwight Yoakam, and Hans Zimmer.
   The after-party was sponsored by Spotify and Deleón.




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February 8, 2015

Red Carpet Events LA’s 2015 Grammy suites: everyday luxuries get real

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Red Carpet Events LA

While the products and inventions featured at Grammy pre-award parties tend to focus more on fun and funky in comparison to offerings at Golden Globe, Emmy and Oscar events, leave it to Roger Zamudio and his Red Carpet Events LA to create an experience that is as earthy and real as it is upscale.
   Celebrities on hand included 2015 Grammy nominees Antonique Smith, Adam Ellison, Charlotte Huggins, Jason Rabinowitz, Jo-El Sonnier, Manny Marroquin, Mindi Abair, Stephen Trask, Adam Ellison, Nimrod Antal, the Order, and Palo as well as actors Sean Kanan and Kelly Perine.
   The benefiting charity was the Los Angeles-based African Millennium Foundation (AMF), whose mission is to eliminate and mitigate poverty, hunger and disease in African countries by assisting African women and children with attaining the necessary tools for achieving self-sufficiency. The strategic non-profit and non-governmental organization got word to attendants about their commitment to the social and economic empowerment of African women and their families. It is especially fitting that Ancestry.com was one of the main attractions and sponsors of the Grammy get-together.
   The event returned to the W Hotel Westwood in West Los Angeles, a little bit away from the fray, with a cozy courtyard setting with interesting innovations and inventors from the US, Germany and Canada—many of them affordable. One thing that was most welcome was ice-cold Zico coconut water in natural and chocolate flavours, given a spring-like spike in the temperature. Returning vendors included down-to-earth wellness purveyors Nuwati Herbals and Tikkun Holistic Spa (on hand to show off their expanded line of made-in-LA Karen’s Products by Karen Chae). Even pampered cats and dogs got a little something: savoury snacks from I and Love and You (whose cat treats had Lucire contributor Leyla Messian’s cats standing up and singing for their supper).
   As this was a pre-award show event, there had to be a couture purveyor on hand to dress VIP women. That firm was Clarisse, Inc., whose designs did not skimp on pomp or circumstance. The guys, meanwhile, could bask in the glow of a 641-horsepower McLaren 650S at the door of the W Hotel Westwood. The state-of-the-art supercar—with its brand’s New Zealand heritage—employs motorsports technology and over 50 years of racing know-how to deliver the fastest, most dynamic and most efficient specimen of its kind on the market. Grammy nominees and presenters got a charge out of a speed test drive.
   In contrast, most of the fashion and beauty offerings were quite approachable. Several of them even had their key designers or creators on-site. These included Canada-based costume jewellery line Artizan by Robin Barre, Geek Eyewear by Alena Lehrer, Sweet North Babe handbags and accessories by Yvonne Begemann, and the founders of the Java Coffee Infused Skincare collection, made with coffee as the main ingredient.
   There were also very lavish hair care products from Arganesse and salon line Jonathan Product, which is under new ownership and features a new range of goods. Victoria Duke featured her new make-up setting spray. The crew from Joy and Mario espadrilles were back with a new collection that includes fashion forward high black canvas wedges as well as a seriously cool leopard spot design available in April. Even with that, the stock cleared out quite early in the event.
   Some of the best things at the suite, meanwhile, could be found in the take-home bags, which were closed tightly to ensure we would wait to open them at home. Goodies included a full collection of Hipsy hair bands (which stay in place even temperamental hair textures like mine and Leyla’s), Pretty Woman nail polish and a certificate for a pair of Australia-based Octavia shoes. I was particularly intrigued as I noticed the line was small and quite specific, focused on very traditional New York basic, sling-back pumps and fashion-forward Versailles and Osaka variations with wedge heels.
   Elizabeth Zielinski, creative director and founder, who has worked with Red Carpet Events previously, notes that while celebrities and professional women want styles that complement their individual look, the primary emphasis is on quality materials and comfort, especially with the wedge designs. These are brought to life by a fourth-generation shoemaker family in the countryside of Guangzhou who Zielinsky says demonstrates traditional skill and art form with exquisite attention to detail.
   ‘Our focus is to celebrate women and share their excitement for life, people and fashion,’ she says. ‘We are very proud supporters of Care Australia, where $5 from every pair of shoes sold from the website goes to supporting social and economic empowerment. Care is an international humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring about lasting change to their communities,’ right in line with the charities Red Carpet Events LA supports.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




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January 26, 2015

SAG Awards 2015: glamour on the red carpet; Birdman, Orange Is the New Black the big winners

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Christopher Polk


Kevin Mazur

While most eyes tend to be on the Oscars, the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards always present a wonderful glimpse at red-carpet looks as well as an insight as to who the favourites for Hollywood’s upcoming big night might be.
   There was plenty of colour this year on the red carpet with Keira Knightley in a purple Erdem Moralioglu gown, showing off her baby bump, and Camila Alves wore a similar shape with her Donna Karan gown.
   Plunging necklines were also spotted on the red carpet, as Sarah Hyland walked in her Vera Wang design, Emilia Clarke in Donna Karan, and Jennifer Aniston in a vintage John Galliano—showing you don’t need something from the last couple of seasons to make an impact.
   Rosamund Pike wore a ruffled blue Christian Dior, and Julianna Margulies wowed in blue, too, donning a design from Giambattista Valli Couture.
   Red still made a startling statement for Edie Falco in Randi Rahm, Kaley Cuoco in Romona Keveza, and Sofía Vergara in Donna Karan (complete with a sizeable engagement ring).
   Emma Stone wore a black tuxedo gown by Dior, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus belied her 54 years in a stunning Monique Lhuillier design.
   Showing that every colour was present, in green were Julianne Moore in Givenchy, Patricia Arquette in a draped, off-the-shoulder emerald dress, and Claire Danes in an olive Marc Jacobs number.
   Uzo Aduba contrasted with bright yellow, and Reese Witherspoon wore a white Giorgio Armani gown with sequin detailing. Maggie Gyllenhaal chose white, too, in a crêpe gown by Thakoon Panichgul, also with a plunging neckline.
   Finally, Tatiana Maslany, in Oscar de la Renta, and Lupita Nyong’o, in Elie Saab, showed that they weren’t afraid of stripes as they headed down the red carpet.
   Birdman was the winner of the night among the motion picture awards, taking the Outstanding Performance by a Cast award, while Eddie Redmayne won best actor for The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore won best actress for Still Alice. Supporting wins went to J. K. Simmons for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.
   In the television section, Downton Abbey won for drama, and Orange Is the New Black for comedy. Drama’s top acting awards went to Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder; comedy’s best actor was William H. Macy for the US remake of Shameless and Uzo Aduba, giving an emotional speech, for Orange Is the New Black.
   In the TV movie and miniseries category, Mark Ruffalo was the best actor for his performance in The Normal Heart, while Frances McDormand was best actress for Olive Kitteridge.






























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