Entrepreneur Ron Donovan changed his stellar career from engineering to shoe designing after he could not find stylish high quality shoes to fit his size 15 ½ feet. “I taught myself how to make shoes,” the tall shoe maven told us at the Press Preview of GBK’s Gift Lounge in honor of the 2012 Emmy Awards. His company: RONDonovan.
He may have started with men’s shoes, but was showcasing glam women’s stilettos on the private Mezzanine of the W Hotel Hollywood. Wendy Williams has raved about Ron on her talk show. Angela Bassett is another fan. And since Oprah featured his shoes in her magazine, we’re guessing she too is as well-heeled.
GBK’s charities: The Dream Center, Best Friends Animal Society, and Somaly Mam Foundation.
Celebs swarmed the Secret Room, the brainchild of Amy Boatwright and Ralph George. Some of their vendors had to beat the September LA heat on the Garden Terrace of the SLS Hotel; others set up shop inside. Shutzi Fashion was the most unique. Every product has been embedded with a chip containing Nano Vibration Technology that monitors the circulation of your blood cells when you wear it.
For reality show buffs, Shahs of Sunset’s GG visited Nehita Fine Jewelry salon at the Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel, a boutique style hotel in the heart of the Wilshire Corridor. GG was pulling items for the launch of her new company for hair extensions. Designer Monalisa Okojie, a Nigerian native, showed her wares to VIP guests, mostly stylists who select for their VIP clients. Her designs are inspired from African heritage. (Massages were provided by Terry Carter’s Travertine.)
We met Beverly Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng, a Harvard grad who was checking out the jewelry for his beautiful wife. Nice husband!
The Eco Emmys’ Debbie Durkin hosted a casual and interactive event at the historic Hancock Park Pickford Mansion that benefited Guard a Heart and Beat Liver Tumors. All this partying is not all glam. Many guests opted to get blood tests (ourselves included) to check for potential heart issues. Many of us did PSAs for cancer research. Not to put a damper on a gorgeous day, there was lots of festivities with hypnotist John Cerbone, Tintura Salon hair services, Urban Fresh organic chow, Michael Foster Designs, and BarCode Pet ID tags (computer friendly).
Style Lab, a high-end jewelry suite, has become our awards season staple. Michael O’Connor hosted at the L’Ermitage Hotel (by appointment only). The New York City style guru displayed various designers’ diamonds and gemstones on loan to Emmy nominees. After Style Lab closed its doors, the QVC Style Director did Red Carpet duty for his newly launched Reelz show, Movie Style with Michael O’Connor.
Suzanne DeLaurentiis hosted her annual Emmy Gift Suite and Benefit for the Vets at Paramount Studios. The glam gal, along with partner Tamara Henry, combined honoring our nation’s best with celebrating the TV awards. Guests were photographed with those in uniform; no need to list A-list names when these treasures that serve and protect are in the house. Yes, it’s that infamous DeLaurentiis family.
Sue Facter owns a news agency that specializes in the luxury brand. Her work appears in USA Today and Los Angeles Times, as well as on broadcast and the web.