NM @ Oscar Night With Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair’s Oscar parties are the stuff of Hollywood legend, so NM’s CMO Wanda Gierhart and I happily took the assignment, not quite anticipating what a whirlwind weekend it would be. The VF-mobile whisked us from LAX to the Peninsula Hotel, where our colleagues from NM Beverly Hills had sweetly placed welcome kits in our rooms, complete with NM chocolate chip cookies. Friday night we met the VF team for a night of bowling at the Spare Room in the Roosevelt Hotel. Publisher Ed Menicheschi is an excellent bowler and schooled us all. Who knew?
Saturday morning we caught up with fashion veteran Hal Rubenstein over breakfast at the Four Seasons. He gave us some pointers for the red carpet:
-The “evening” starts at 3 pm and ends at midnight or 3am, so you have to feel good about what you are wearing for at least nine hours. If you are not comfortable walking out the door, you may want to rethink what you are wearing.
-There is nothing less sexy than a woman adjusting her strapless dress.
-Dress for the people who love you the most.
Hal loves NM ladies. Expect to see more of him at NM stores in the near future.
No trip to LA is complete without a visit to NM Beverly Hills, where we checked in on Catherine Bloom, the extraordinary personal shopper. She was incredibly busy with her clients, as you can imagine, and she had plenty of advice to give.
-Always be comfortable in your skin and how you present yourself.
-Wear something that represents your fantasy and that takes you where you want to be.
-Beautiful things are beautiful things. If they hold your eye it doesn’t matter if they match.
-I am seeing women gravitate toward jumpsuits. It’s a sexy look that makes you turn around and it’s beautiful, not vulgar.
Next, a visit with our friends from Forevermark, who were providing diamond jewelry to VIPs in a suite at the Sunset Marquis. The array of diamonds was a dazzling sight, and we had fun speculating about who was wearing what. Forevermark said big diamond jewelry was back in favor, along with halo settings for added sparkle. Oxidized looks are trending too.
Saturday evening we soaked up the Los Angeles Philharmonic with conductor Gustavo Dudamel and violinist Gil Shaham at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program was German Romanticism — Wagner, Brahms and Schumann. Just sublime.
By 8 am Sunday morning, limos were already lining up at the hotel. Sightings: Hugh Jackman, Harvey Weinstein and Rob Lowe. (We love the jewelry line by Rob’s wife Sheryl Lowe.)
While artist Kendra Richards did our hair and makeup, we pumped her for tips too.
1) Remember that the red carpet is lit. New lighting techniques mean that the old rules of piling on makeup so you don’t look washed out don’t hold true any more. Now you should use a lighter hand in doing make up.
2) To look ideal in photos stand at a slight angle and twist slightly at the waist, one hand on the hip.
3) Make sure to use a very lightweight powder to control shine but dont overdo it either. With high definition, heavy powder shows up too much and slightly dewy skin looks best.
4) Blue-red lipsticks help teeth look whiter while orange-red will look more yellow.
Primped and Spanxed up, we departed for Spago. Wanda wore a draped Jason Wu and I wore an Emilio Pucci with sheer inserts. I was grateful for the sleeves. It was chilly out. At Spago, publishing partners of Vanity Fair gathered to watch the ceremony together before caravanning to the star-studded bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel. It must be the biggest assembly of celebrities on the planet, truly. Wanda managed to hold an Oscar (it’s heavy!) get a kiss on the cheek from Steven Tyler before it was over. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. Check out all the photos on VanityFair.com!