Les Voiles de St. Barth
Sailors at the French West Indies race compete to win a Richard Mille watch.
May 15, 2013
Contestants set sail in the fourth edition of Caribbean yacht racing competition Les Voiles de St. Barth from April 8-13, 2013 in Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies. But in lieu of a medal, some 800 sailors from around the world braved a challenging sailing course in windy weather in hopes of taking home a bright yellow, water-resilient Richard Mille RM 028 Automatic Dive Watch "Les Voiles de St. Barth" ($93,000).
Sailors and their over 60 vessels were divided into various classes, which navigated through difficult racecourses around the area. Wendy Schmidt of the Maxi Yachts class anchored a victory in her Swan 80 Selene and was awarded the diver’s watch at the prize-giving ceremony.
The limited-edition timepiece’s bright yellow color is characteristic of traditional sailing and diving pursuits, while its three-part case construction and 22 torque screws render it water resistant up to 300 meters. An automatic winding rotor, which includes a weight that swings inside as a person wears it to generate the watch’s power, makes it the ideal accessory for an active person. Available at Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898
Photography by Christophe Jouany; Tim Wright
Charity Register: May/June 2013
Three opportunities to give this spring.
April 30, 2013
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Betty White at last year's Beastly Ball.
20TH ANNIVERSARY EIF REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN
Who: EIF supports cancer research, delivers diagnostic services, and provides psycho-social and financial support for medically underserved women.
What: The Revlon Run/Walk for Women is geared toward uniting people of all races and ages in the fight against women’s cancers.
When: May 11
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
TASTE OF THE NATION LOS ANGELES
Who: Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry campaign, which works to eliminate childhood hunger by connecting children to effective nutrition programs at school and during the summer, and teaches low-income families how to make healthy meals at home.
What: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles will showcase the cuisine of more than 50 local chefs. Proceeds support the LA Regional Food Bank and St. Joseph Center.
When: 1–4 pm, Sunday, June 9
Where: Media Park in Culver City
43RD ANNUAL BEASTLY BALL
Who: The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) funds exhibits, capital projects, plant and animal species conservation, and education and community outreach programs at the Los Angeles Zoo.
What: During GLAZA’s annual Beastly Ball (Betty White cochaired last year’s event), guests are able to spend time in the zoo after hours, where they can experience animal feedings, close-up viewings of small animals, chats with keepers, and auctions.
When: 6 pm, June 15
Where: Los Angeles Zoo
Fifth Annual Makeup Show LA
Beauty professionals, retailers, buyers, and editors gathered for the makeup-centric event.
March 11, 2013
More than 4,500 attendees and 75 makeup brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, Stila, and Smashbox gathered for the fifth annual Makeup Show LA at the California Market Center in the fashion district of Downtown Los Angeles. Beauty professionals, retailers, buyers, and editors experienced the newest products and brands on the market, and enjoyed speeches from keynote speakers and seminars throughout the beauty-packed weekend.
Charity Register - March/April
Four ways to give this spring.
March 04, 2013
A Night at Sardi's
Giving New Hope 2013 Benefit
Who: The mission of the nonprofit Children’s Burn Foundation is to provide support for childhood burn survivors and their families.
What: The Giving New Hope Benefit, this year honoring Susan H. Mallory, raises money for the CBF.
When: March 12, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
A Night at Sardi’s
Who: A Night at Sardi’s is an annual celebrity musical show and awards dinner that supports the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
What: Producer and Imagine Entertainment cofounder Brian Grazer will be honored this year.
When: March 20, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Genesis Awards Benefit Gala
Who: The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.
What: The annual star-studded Genesis Awards Benefit Gala honors and celebrates those in the media and beyond whose efforts are building a more humane world for animals. Past participants include Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.
When: March 23, 2013
Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
2013 Silver Rose Weekend
Who: Jenesse Center is a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help victims of domestic violence.
What: The fifth annual Silver Rose Weekend, chaired by actress Halle Berry, includes a gala, auction, and golf at the Wilshire Country Club.
When: Awards Gala & Auction: April 6, 2013; Fifth Annual Halle Berry Celebrity Golf Classic, Auction & Awards Dinner: April 8, 2013
Where: Gala & Auction: Vibiana, 214 S. Main St., LA; Golf classic: Wilshire Country Club, 301 N. Rossmore Ave., LA
LAC Grammys Party
Los Angeles Confidential honored the Grammys this year with an electrified afterparty.
February 25, 2013
Los Angeles Confidential partnered with Harmony Project and Mary J. Blige, who hosted the magazine’s annual Grammys party at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles, to celebrate the Winter issue launch. Guests took in the stunning 360-degree views of the city from Elevate’s modern, spacious patio and nibbled gourmet dipped pretzels and macarons from Macaron Magnifique.
As the fashionable guests sipped specialty cocktails crafted with various flavors of Cîroc Ultra Premium vodka (like the Coco Loso with Cîroc coconut, pineapple juice, and a lime wedge), LA’s newest musical prodigy DJ Politik spun tunes, prompting guests to hit the dance floor.
To keep the night of entertainment going, Flash Mob America gave a surprise performance to Psy’s 2012 hit “Gangnam Style,” exciting the crowd with their high-energy choreography. Harmony Project is a non-profit assisting at-risk youth in underserved communities though an innovative program of music-based mentoring.
Gucci Grammys Event with John Legend
John Legend headlined an event that celebrated a Gucci/Recording Academy partnership.
February 14, 2013
In the spirit of the Grammys, Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli and Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry CEO Michele Sofisti presented an exclusive pre-Grammys musical event at the Grammy Museum on February 9, 2013. Grammy award-winner John Legend participated in a short Q&A before serenading the intimate crowd with a small original set, including his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.”
The jewelry and watch division of Gucci currently maintains a partnership with the Recording Academy, and recently launched a GRAMMY Interlocking watch. To celebrate the collaboration and the event, Legend was given an I-Gucci GRAMMY timepiece set with over 200 diamonds.
Charity Register - Winter 2013.
Opportunities to give this winter.
January 14, 2013
Cupid’s Undie Run
40th Annual Annie Awards Benefit
Who: The purpose of ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the International Animated Film Society, is to promote the art and people of film animation in a variety of ways, including through its own archive, film preservation and screenings, and special events.
What: The 40th annual awards will be presented in 30 categories, including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subjects, video game, and student film. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ASIF A-Hollywood Animation Archives, Library and Museum.
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Where: Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Dr., LA
2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Benefit Gala
Who: Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year for his extraordinary creative accomplishments and charitable work with a range of philanthropic activities over the years.
What: The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a reception and silent auction offering an exclusive selection of luxury items, VIP experiences, and one-of-a-kind celebrity memorabilia for bidding guests. The reception and silent auction will be followed by dinner, the award presentation, and a star-studded tribute concert.
When: Friday, February 8, 2013
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., LA
Cupid’s Undie Run
Who: The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest nongovernment organization whose mission is to end neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. NF is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system, resulting in blindness, deafness, learning disabilities, and severe chronic pain.
What: Cupid’s Undie Run is an approximately one-mile run in Valentine-themed underclothes on Valentine’s Day weekend, followed by post-race festivities and awards. You can fundraise as an individual or join a team. Top fundraisers can win custom undies, VIP open bar status, embroidered bathrobes, and engraved iPod Nanos. All funds raised through Cupid’s Undie Run go directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
When: 12 pm for pre-event; run starts at 2:30 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2013.
Where: Around West Hollywood Park
LAC Celebrates 10 Years
Seven hundred of our closest friends gathered to celebrate a decade of style!
January 14, 2013
To fête LAC’s 10th anniversary, Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington hosted a special soiree, presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, at Supperclub Los Angeles in Hollywood. The electrifying venue’s aerialists entertained the crowd, and DJ Benjamin Walker spun tunes while Foxx jumped on stage to emcee the evening. Katie Lowes, Judi Shekoni, Guillermo Díaz, and other guests sipped custom Chambord Flavored Vodka cocktails like the Twintini, made with Chambord Flavored Vodka, Chambord liqueur, lemonade, and a splash of Sprite, or the Chambord Velvet Jack, which had Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Chambord liqueur, and sour mix, while noshing on mushroom and ricotta tartlets, tuna tartare caviar, and crostini with brie, caramelized onions, and honey bacon. Guests enjoyed private bottle service, while sponsor Burgess brought a model yacht to display during the party.
Later in the evening, Jamie Foxx got on the mic to get the crowd pumped up. When he pulled bow-tied friend of the magazine Loui Sagastume off the dance floor and onto a go-go platform to show off his killer dance moves, the crowd went wild. Afterward, the internationally acclaimed musical group, The Tenors, provided the spectacular evening’s grand finale, serenading the guests with their opera-meets-pop sound (CO2 and confetti canons included!).
Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards
Hamilton and Los Angeles Confidential celebrate the Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards.
December 10, 2012
As we fête Hamilton’s 120th anniversary, we take a look back at the significant role the iconic watch brand has played in the film industry. Although Hamilton began in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, it made its Hollywood debut in 1951 in The Frogmen, and since then several of the brand’s beautiful watches have appeared in more than 400 films, including the recent blockbuster Men in Black 3. Los Angeles Confidential partnered with Hamilton for the 6th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, where we honored Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes elite at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
Before the event, Hamilton’s CEO Sylvain Dolla mingled with presenters like Lisa Bonet and Ben Lyons in the House of Blues’ green room, where guests were able to enjoy Ketel One cocktails, wine by Beaulieu beer by Stone Brewing Co., and canapés like popcorn shrimp and crab cakes. “Both watchmaking and filmmaking take skill, patience, vision, and commitment,” noted Dolla.
During the ceremony, Ewan McGregor, Mena Suvari, Harrison Ford, Brent Ratner, and other stars graced the stage to present well-deserved awards to Hollywood creatives like actress/screenwriter Zoe Kazan and Benh Zeitlin, who directed Beasts of the Southern Wild, as Chris Harrison emceed the evening. “I think the Hamilton Behind the Camera Award is really important because so many times, as an actor, we sort of take all the glory, but it takes a village,” said presenter Garcelle Beauvais. “We can’t do it alone.” “Many times we honor the headliners of projects, and we don’t really acknowledge a lot of the crew that goes into making a project,” echoed presenter Mena Suvari.
Each award, designed by Shlomi Haziza, of H Studio and modeled after Hamilton’s signature Ventura watch, was brought to the stage by Alex Frnka, one of the stars of MTV’s new comedy, The Inbetweeners. “Hundreds, hundreds, and hundreds of people are involved in making a film, and so to have them all honored, is of course right because everybody is involved in what we see on the screen at the end of the day,” said presenter Ewan McGregor before honoring Belén Atienza with the award for Producer for the film The Impossible they both worked on. Noting how special the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards are for those in the industry, honoree Andrew M. Siegel explained to the audience: “Property masters aren’t eligible for Oscars, Emmys, or Golden Globes, so on behalf of all us prop guys and gals, thank you, Hamilton, for recognizing that props are an important part of the film-making process.”
Hamilton’s Murielle Raveloson later commented on the watch brand’s commitment to highlighting those behind-the-scenes: “We realize that a lot of prop masters have placed Hamilton in their movies throughout the years; we have to do something to give back to the Hollywood community.”
Following the awards presentation, guests enjoyed creative Southern cuisine like truffle mac ‘n’ cheese with rosemary panko crust, aged goat and cheddar cheese buttermilk biscuits, and red velvet waffles by chef Sean Dent while DJ Benjamin Walker spun tunes after which celeb guests were chauffeured home by Quintessentially Driven.
During his presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Editing to Michael Kahn, Harrison Ford, who has worked with Kahn on numerous projects throughout his career, including all of the Indiana Jones films, said: “The last thing an editor wants to see in an editing room is an actor, which makes tonight actually so special because we all have a chance—I have a chance—to applaud Michael.”
Charity Register - December
Opportunities to give.
November 29, 2012
Who: The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 and is the leading provider of suicide prevention and crisis intervention services in the nation, serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
What: The Trevor Project will host an event to raise funds and awareness for the organization’s life-saving work. There will be dinner, the Trevor Live Show (presented by Audi of America and Wells Fargo), as well as a silent auction. This year’s Trevor Hero Award honoree is Katy Perry and the special guest director will be Adam Shankman, director of Hairspray. There will be performances and/or appearances by such celebrities as Joel McHale, Kristin Chenoweth, Zacharay Quinto, and Brittany Snow.
When: December 2
Where: Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
GALA FOR THE CHILDREN 2012
Who: A Place Called Home (APCH) was started in 1993 to give gang-affected, inner-city youth a safe haven in South Central to come to after school, have a snack, and do homework. APCH continues its work today to empower students to take charge of the direction of their lives through programs in education and the arts.
What: Robert Israel and Nick Cannon will be honored at APCH’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Other celebrity supporters have included Jamie Lee Curtis and Brian McKnight.
When: December 5
Where: Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Who: Project Angel Food is the only free meal-delivery program serving women, men, and children struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses across Los Angeles County. More than 13,000 meals are prepared and delivered each week.
What: Divine Design is the largest charity shopping event on the West Coast, where more than 7,500 shoppers can purchase donated designer fashion, beauty, and home goods, with 100 percent of the sales benefiting Project Angel Food. This year’s honoree is David Meister. Past participants include actress Viola Davis and Thomas Keller.
When: November 29–December 3
Where: The Market Place, 9900 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills