Emmy Awards mean three things: Golden trophies, couture fashion, and those infamous gift suites, where an array of swag is given to those who probably don’t need it!
Doris Bergman hosted the first of the gift suites, which was comfortable enough to feel like you were in the middle of her living room. Held at La Boheme, which looks like a Tuscan country villa, the party was unlike any other. A gourmet luncheon was served in the garden and celebs had a chance to unwind from the onslaught of media who needed a piece of them for work.
This event last year was the last time many of us saw the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who was saluted. This event was hosted by Qmadix, presented by Whitening Lightning, and co-produced by Michelle Faulkner.
We lunched with Emmy nominated Mare Winningham and her husband, who just returned from an eight month off-Broadway gig in Tribes. She’s already won twice and this year is up for Hatfield & McCoys. We talked all things theater, and then some. “I don’t even own a TV,” she said. How refreshing!
Other Emmy nominees attended, including Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Ben Feldman (Mad Men), and Stacey Tookey (So You Think You Can Dance). Also in the house: Cleopatra Coleman (Step Up Revolution), Abby Lee Miller (Dance Moms), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), Carolyn Hennessy (True Blood), Jamar Rogers (The Voice), Jean-Luc Bilodeau and Melissa Peterman (Baby Daddy), Nicholas Guest and Sean McNabb (Sons of Anarchy), William Shatner, Eva LaRue, Richard Grieco, Reid Scott (Veep), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), LisaRaye McCoy, and Victoria Rowell (Single Ladies).
We spotted Maria Conchita Alonso at Twisted Silver and Sophia Milos trying hats on at Baron Hats.
The best part was the spirit of giving back. Guests donated gifts for children ages 13-17 benefiting Wednesday’s Child – a weekly segment airing on KTTV Fox 11 News with Christine Devine. “Wednesday’s Child” highlights “harder to place” children in the LA County foster care system that are in need of adoptive families.
Many vendors donated. Art Lewin, a prominent custom men’s wear designer, was asked to design a suit for a foster child in attendance for the VIP treatment. Not only did he agree, he offered to design and donate an entire wardrobe. That’s what we call, in the old country, a mensch!
Other vendors included Roadkill Ranch, Handmade Hearts, Nature’s Flavors, Twisted Silver, Michael Marcus Cosmetics, Baron Hats, Nu-4-You Eye Make-up Fallout Protector, Radar Watches, Nitrocream, LLC, Undiepads, Spongeables, Honest Tea, LusciousS Jewelry, Prana SpaCeuticals, Model In A Bottle, Chocolate Shop Wine, Bon Bon Home, Spontuneous Games, Inc., Terox Footwear, Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier, SimulTALK, Total Healthy Lifestyle, Art Lewin Executive Clothiers, Ollin Arm Candy, Whirl-A-Style, Hoodswagaa London, KIND Snacks, CA Madpoppers, Lance Christopher Hair Salon, Cotz Face SPF 40 Sunscreen, Crunch, Book Beanie, It’s A Glam Thing & Sweet 1985.
Sue Facter owns a news agency specializing in the luxury brand. Her work appears in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Women’s Day Australia, as well as on broadcasts and the web. Follow her on Twitter @TheFacter.