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Several vendors offered new meaning to the term material world. While Sprout Watches have been a repeat vendor at GBK, we never get tired of hearing about how things like Tyvek and other recycled materials can be forged into timely, chic accessories. We were also delighted to catch up with the creators of Half Breed Clothing and Emys Clothing, because we love the things that inspired these very different but very globally minded sportswear lines. Half Breed works on the premise that most people living today and are of mixed heritage, and this should be worn, literally, as a badge of honour. Emys’ garments come in a line of colours inspired by the world’s great natural sites, including some in New Zealand. ‘Many of our colours are dyed to match colours that the owner has seen in his travels as a biologist throughout the world,’ noted the rep. They are fashioned from bamboo, in lieu of cotton, which requires more pesticides for successful harvesting.

Handcrafted chic was also alive and on display, with Ruby Roxanne Designs showing off its vibrant leather cuff bracelets and flower barrettes, and the Artisan Group was back to show off their latest collection of boutique jewellery, note cards, toys and home décor accents. My bag was filled with wonderful things by the 7th Crow by Jamie Johnson, the Shutterbug Eye by Diane Miller, Jewels for Hope by Stevie d’Andrea, SariBlue and other wearable, wonderful items.

Given this was the MTV Movie Awards, there were some inspired delights for the kids. MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products’ company, showcased their Bratz True Hope bald dolls to raise cancer awareness, and gifting their arty line of Bratzillas dolls. Jada Toys, Inc. offered the youngest girl guests Cutie Pops trendy fashion dolls with pop-on clothing and accessories that made Moms and aunts wish getting ready for work was that easy. Boys of all ages, meanwhile, got to gawk over Toy State’s exclusive sneak peak of the new 007 line of licensed toy replicas of the famous Bond cars and receive goodies from their Dub Garage Toys and Road Rippers lines.

The intimate Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar suite at West Hollywoods 901 Salon revealed good things do come in small packages. It certainly packed enough of a pampering punch to attract some very big stars, among them Nicky Hilton, Taylor Armstrong, Ashley Tisdale, Audrina Patridge, Courtney Robertson, Maria Menounos, Aimée Garcia, Ariel Winter, Camilla Luddington, Cassie Scerbo, Christina Milian, Drita d’Avanzo, Fiona Gubelmann, Francia Raisa, Jamie Chung, Jessica Stroup and Pia Toscana.

Between servings of sorbet at Skintimates’ station and UV vodka cocktails (some made with Coffee-mate Natural Bliss), all guests were treated to make-up consultations at the Find Your Best Smile lipstick station. While Nicky Hilton got the full VIP treatment, other guests had their hair fashionably braided using Ultimate Eurotherapy, received gel polish manicures by SensatioNail, posed for photos in the Skintimate photo booth, and learned about the new special, charity-focused edition Cetaphil moisturizing cream.


Killer music and other encore performances

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, several musicians involved in movie and television soundtracks were posing the question, ‘Why should the kids have all the fun?’ Trevor Rabin, who was an essential pop cultural icon if you grew up in the 1980s (as the young gun guitarist who brought Yes into the MTV mainstream with hits like ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’), celebrated the release of Jacaranda, his first studio album in 20 years.

While this record release party at the gallery-like Gibson–Baldwin showroom was a convivial gathering of music industry heavyweights, it was also effectively a pre-party for a June 28 gathering that will effectively be Rabin’s own private Academy Awards ceremony. Rabin will receive both an ASCAP award and a Henry Mancini award for his work in film and television soundtracks (which provided an aural backdrop for several movies celebrated at recent MTV Music Awards events).

Jacaranda is noteworthy for this generation, as his son Ryan plays drums on the album, and is a rock star in his right, as part of the fast-rising band Grouplove and hit ‘Tongue Tied’. The beautiful vocals of Liz Constantine (also of LA rock duo Dzzy X) make a stellar presence.

With talk of Emmy nominations being bandied about, and the US television series Dexter being a critical favourite during its run, that show’s composer, Daniel Licht, took music and series fans behind the scenes of that and other shows in a very sensory way. Michael C. Hall (Dexter himself) was on hand to kick off the show, though Licht more than held his own as a showman. He peppered the orchestral set with lots of witty asides, anecdotes and a colourful cast of supporting players, including Dexter main title composer Rolfe Kent and Silent Hill series vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. The concert also featured use of all kinds of unconventional instruments, including scissors, knives, saws, wine glasses and other surprising elements.

Longtime Lucire friend and event planner extraordinaire Doris Bergman helped stage a fundraiser for Beverly Hills-based chef–restaurateur Kimmy Tang’s partnership with HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) to support the art therapy programme at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The cause, and her fabulous, aromatic morsels from her 9021PHO menu stopped traffic as over 100 industry VIPs, celebrities and gourmands attended a food fest to celebrate

‘I do not have children of my own, so I want to help as many children as I can,’ said Tang, who is implementing this programme in her Beverly Hills, Westlake and soon-to-open Glendale restaurant (September 15). ‘The plan is to open 50 restaurants in the next five years!’ beams Kimmy, ‘then think about how many children I can help!’

On the salon scene, things heated up via the opening of the Blow Dry Lounge by Phyto at the Fred Segal Salon in Santa Monica. Though blow-dry only salons now dot the LA landscape, with hundreds of local women queuing up to get that long, lissome California girl look, this airy spot in the high-concept celebrity-driven department store offers a menu of services that would rival your favourite neighbourhood Chinese take-away, with different varieties of blow-drys, up-dos and Phyto-based hair restorative treatments. In Beverly Hills, boutique salon Rossano Ferretti Hairspa showcased the latest professional products from L’Oréal Professionnel as well as the Balayage hair colouring technique with celebrity stylists Rossano Ferretti and colourist Nancy Braun, helping fashionistas attain a sunkissed look without roots or strange unnatural tones that, as Ferretti put it, allows more movement in the hair.

Finally, it could not be summer 2012 without nods to the UK’s heady presence in the news, between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games in London. The Los Angeles branch of the British–American Business Council transformed the gardens of the Four Seasons West Lake Village into an English garden. True Brit, chef Alex Porter, satisfied the guests’ hunger for all things British with fish and chips, afternoon tea sandwiches, scones, mini Welsh rarebit and steak pie hors d’œuvres, with Pimm’s Cup cocktails to wash it all down. Dame Barbara Hay, British Consul General, presided over the festivities.


Fox-C’s corner

The A Chance to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes charity event stepped up the late spring party scene at Tiato Kitchen Bar & Garden Venue in Santa Monica. Bellacures president and founder Samira Asemanfar teamed up with online shoe boutique Sole Society marketing manager Sharon Lombardi and event planner Hillary Gadsby for the benefit of the popular charity Dress for Success, a vital organization as the economy just starts to heal in North America, and people start heading for job interviews.

The event assisted the efforts and mission of Dress for Success to promote economic independence of disadvantaged women providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in their personal and professional lives. The planners encouraged guests to not only bring in gently used shoes, but also make donations of their individual volunteer time and talents. The late May event was a great success for the organization, with the good spirit and hospitality inspiring the 100-plus women guests who attended to donate not only their almost-new clothes and shoes but also their time and expertise to also inspired them to continue to pursue their dreams.

Bellacures, the nail salon spa best of known for its cleanliness and comfy chairs, hosted the event and offered mini-manicures to guests, and gift discounts to the Beverly Hills Bellacures location, specialty services like the Seasonal Scrub Mani and Pedi, Gelicure Mani and Moisture Rich Pedi. Sole Society Shoes donated trendy everyday shoes for the guests in exchange for their donations. Sharon Lombardi helped donors decide on what style to take home, based on the range of styles in an arrangement of colours of orange, blue suede, gold cork wedge sandals, sexy red linen like cork heels and summer beach espadrilles.

The always-anticipated Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation hosted its 23rd annual A Time for Heroes event in Los Angeles on June 3. The familiar assemblage of gorgeous celebrity families, along with generous corporate partners, sponsors and other supporters once again raised widespread awareness and funds for the Foundation’s efforts to end HIV and Aids in children around the world.

More than 1,000 people attended, with some of Hollywood’s hottest stars playing old-fashioned carnival games, getting creative with arts and crafts, dancing to great music, and enjoying fabulous food from LA’s best eateries. One of the more memorable sightings were of Gwen Stefani building cars at the Disney booth with her kids, posing for photos with Goofy, and hanging out with Ingrid Michaelson. Sharon Stone was right at home on the red carpet, advocating the importance of eradicating pediatric Aids and thanking the media for supporting the cause and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation over the many years. •


Given this was the MTV Movie Awards, there were some inspired delights for the kids. MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products’ company, showcased their Bratz True Hope bald dolls to raise cancer awareness, and gifting their arty line of Bratzillas dolls





Elyse Glickman is U.S. West Coast editor of Lucire.



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