Mark and Matt Harris, brothers-in-arms in the WOW Creations Media operation, held court on the Luxe hotel rooftop with a relaxed event that played host an eclectic mix of people: from astronaut Buzz Aldrin to ’70s teen heartthrob Leif Garrett, and from distinguished actor Thom Berry (of Cold Case) to 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons.
Product highlights included super-soft and flattering T tunics from Lovesque (www.lovesque.com), adorable travel jewellery bags from Baubles Bags and Bows (www.baublesbagsandbows.com), and addictive cocoanut peanut butter from Waialua, Hawai‘i-based North Shore Goodies. Naturally formulated skin care products abounded. On the high end, there was Tata Harper (www.tataharperskincare.com), a line popular in the UK. Its founder and CEO spent five years on a global quest to create luxury skin care products that would also be 100 per cent natural and non-toxic. On the more affordable end, there was Botanicals for Hope (www.botanicalsforhope.com), developed by a cancer patient who took it upon herself to develop natural products to remedy the sensitive skin she developed during the course of breast cancer treatments.
Speaking of customization, we also were intrigued by BeautyGram (beautygram.com), a Canada-based service company that replaces cliché flower and chocolate box gifts with custom-selected beauty products and candles based on the giver’s requests and recipient’s needs. With green coffee extract being the new nutritional thing, we were interested in learning more about Life Extension’s new CoffeeGenic supplement, prominently featured on Lifetime TV’s new Suzanne Somers chat show (www.suzannetv.com).
Stylist Michael O’Connor lends a hand, and then some
Above Kate Flannery and Michael O’Connor.
While the l’Ermitage Beverly Hills is normally a hotbed of award show week activity, Michael O’Connor was playing matchmaker, linking a variety of Emmy nominees and presenters (Mare Winningham, Kate Flannery, Reid Scott, Matthew Fahey and Josh Flagg of Million Dollar Listing with museum-grade baubles at StyleLab’s Jewelry Preview. Celebs had their pick of items in a collection valued at over $20 million for use on the red carpet. O’Connor, who hosts MovieStyle on Reelz Channel, hand-picked the best and brightest from designers Abellan New York, American Gem Trade Association, Bellarri, Edward Mirell, Farah Khan, Jewelry by Gail, Just Jules, Mark Lash, Mastoloni, Pamela Huizenga, Rina Limor, and Takat, among others.
Jennie Garth (the original Beverly Hills 90210) chose a pair of triple rose-cut diamond earrings with white pavé diamonds, and a cuff with a 1·66 ct diamond slice and round pavé diamonds by Just Jules that she wore to the Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party. During our appointment, we spotted Kate Flannery (The Office US) selecting a pair of 28·05 ct cushion-cut tanzanite earrings with diamonds by Takat for the Variety and Women in Film Pre-Emmy Event and the NBC pre-Emmy party. She later added a wide diamond bracelet by Rina Limor to sport during the BAFTA LA TV tea event.
Even Joan Rivers’ E! Fashion Police’s promos got in on the act, sparkling in Lion earrings with diamonds and Zambian emeralds by Farah Khan, an ametrine ring from Somewhere in the Rainbow for the American Gem Trade Association, and two stacked gemstone bracelets by Bellarri. For the E! Fashion Police Emmy Awards’ special, Joan borrowed a large flower pin and dangling earrings from Rina Limor, a floral motif cuff from Mark Lash, and a Columbian emerald cocktail ring from Farah Khan.
While the jewellery had to be returned at the end of the weekend, there is something to be said for being queen (or princess, or even part of the court) for a day.
Charities in Focus at Debbie Durkin’s sixth Emmy outing
Though intimate and scaled back, several health-oriented charities had the space to make a big impression at the Pickford Mansion where Debbie Durkin’s sixth annual Eco-Emmys Celebrity Château was staged. Guests made donations to charity partners Guard a Heart and Yes! Beat Liver Tumors. Barkcode (www.barkcode.com) unveiled a new line of cruelty-free electronic dog and cat collar tags to make tracking wayward best friends a little easier.
Guests at this invitation-only event were escorted through the Château by members of the Model Celebrity Ambassador Team. Each guest then had the chance to enjoy products and services, which reflected Debbie’s ongoing passion for environmental accountability.
Guard a Heart (www.guardaheart.org) focused on bringing heart disease prevention and awareness to the forefront, offering their TruRisk five-year heart assessment tests in exchange for whatever donations celebrities were willing to chip in, with the promise that 100 per cent of the money raised goes to the cause. Suzanne Lindley, founder of Yes! Beat Liver Tumors (www.beatlivertumors.org), which raises awareness about cancers of the liver through its ‘Say yes to hope’ message, is living proof that one person’s life experience and gratitude can touch thousands of people and in turn, benefit others suffering from the same illness.
There was a line-up of up-and-coming musical acts (Ryan Boone, Jenni Alpert, Zach Callison, Zhavea, Ralph Dudley, the Almighty Grind, With Our Words, Inc. youth poetry collective, Sarah Agajanian, Natalie Gelman, CEEJ, John Fullwood and Of Verona), performing courtesy of Guard a Heart, presented by Aviir Laboratories. About 40 ft from the stage, in shaded tents, guests could partake in Guard a Heart health testing services.
The eco-friendly products of this year’s events were as diverse as they were wonderful! Michael Foster of Michael Foster Designs was on hand to showcase his beautiful array of men’s luxury scarves (dapper enough for a man, but nice on women, too!). The quality of the 100 per cent Egyptian cotton fabric made Mr Foster’s scarves look as luxurious as they felt. We were also excited to learn that a bamboo line of home accessories is currently in development with Michael Foster Designs.
With three-digit temperatures, beach attire was still top of mind, still prompting us to ponder if one can look amazing at for your day at the beach and still be kind to Mother Earth. Odina swimwear boasts vibrant colours, styles that flatter the feminine physique, and soft supple material made from certified recycled materials. Because good hair care habits are essential all year around, Tintura Salon shared information on their nature-friendly hair services and products such as botanical hair colouring and other treatments by Aveda.
John Cerbone of Trance Master Productions delighted attendees with personalized hypnosis sessions. After his or her mini-session, each guest was invited to select and take home a meditation CD covering the motivational topic of choice. Other fab things for us to sample on site or take home included Hai Elite Styling Tools, LifeSource Water System, Reed’s Ginger Chews, Marsatta’s vegan and organic chocolates, AER Premium Electronic Cigarettes, Kijani Banners Eco-Friendly Printers; Bling Is the New Black Custom Bling Marketing pieces; GeneMe DNA customized nutrients and the ever-popular Shaklee Get Clean Home Kits. The Neckwork Expert Yvonne Larson was back to provide destressing massages and pep talks.
Refreshments were also healthy, from libations featuring made-in-America vodka Tito’s, and organic sandwiches and salads by Urban Fresh of Beverly Hills. Alex Fioroni, the Nutrition Chef, served gluten-free vegetable pizza, and launched his organic ketchup and Sabor sauces.
The socially conscious in attendance included Jake Busey, Stacey Tookey (So You Think You Can Dance?), Raphael Sbarge (Once upon a Time), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Kearran Giovanni (Major Crimes), Tiffany Hines (Bones), Matthew Fahey and Nikki DeLoach (Awkward), Richard Portnow (Hitchcock), Erin Murphy (Bewitched) and Alice Amter (The Big Bang Theory). Other celebrity guests included Lindsey Shaw, Jamar Rogers, Carolyn Hennessy, Tiffany Hines, Wes Ramsey, Nikki Deloach, Frank Stallone, Raphael Sbarge, Jen Lilley, Kate Linder, David ‘Nino’ Rodriguez, Rachel Riley, Teresa Ganzel, Richard Portnow, Josh Feldman, Daniel Nguyen, Suzanne Rico, Patrika Darbo, Peter Kwong, Gramma Funk, Margo Stilley, Carly Steele, Terrence Bernie Hines and Brian Glanney.
At Suzanne de Laurentiis’ Emmy gifting suite and benefit for veterans, soldiers were in the spotlight for their service to their country, and the required donations (a minimum of US$20) at the door benefited the Marine Corps Veterans Association’s charity efforts (marinevets.org). Celebrities playing heroes on TV could chat with and immortalize their moments with the real-life American heroes thanks to the efforts of Exclusive photography by Bernard Hinson Photography.
Produced alongside media partners Tamara Henry of Vanilla Fire Productions, Alegria magazine and It’s So LA, celebrities and select members of the media received chic Pucci-esque clutches full of this season’s make-up from Swiss company Arbonne, Hodges Collection dresses, Pant Planet travel pillows made from recycled denims, Wired for Freedom Jewelry designs by Sarah Munsey (email@example.com) who used overcoming her own struggles as a starting point for an inspired accessories’ line. Nerium AD’s skin care to the stars and USANA Health Science fitness and nutrition essentials amped up the wellness street cred of this event.
‘Our organization is focused on getting veterans back into civilian life,’ said veteran Kelly Ward. ‘The celebrities who have attended have been really nice, and really interested in our stories and wanting to take pictures with us.’
‘One guest who was involved in Until They’re All Home, a documentary film about the Battle of Tarawa and its aftermath, and I was quite interested given that my grandfather had fought in that battle during World War II,’ added Cpl Cody Freeman. ‘Because of the fact that I was still in the US Marine Corps on active duty when I heard about the charity’s affiliation with this event, I was on board in a heartbeat. I enjoyed the opportunity to put on my uniform, share stories with the guests and do some good for fellow veterans. Even in this intense heat, I am willing to be a little uncomfortable in my uniform for this.’
‘Because of the fact that I was still in the US Marine Corps on active duty when I heard about the charity’s affiliation with this event, I was on board in a heartbeat. I enjoyed the opportunity to put on my uniform, share stories with the guests and do some good for fellow veterans. Even in this intense heat, I am willing to be a little uncomfortable in my uniform for this’
Fran Drescher, on top
The enduring actress and activist launches an ambitious extension to her popular Cancer Schmancer charity during the height of Emmys’ week, report Elyse Glickman and Cheri Fox
White heat, white light, white knights
Mid-summer parties and charity fundraisers brighten up a long, hot summer in southern California, reports Cheri Fox with contributions by Elyse Glickman
photographs courtesy Melrose PR