Front Row Daily
The front row always matters, even if it's not a fashion show. Influential fashion trade the Daily Front Row lived up to its name with a knockout lineup at it's 4th annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood on April 2.
Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Fergie made a close-knit troika. Minaj took selfies during the presentation of awards to stylists and trendsetters.
With the red carpet over the pool -- a new setup for the event heavy Sunset Tower -- the intimate awards hall was empty as the cocktails and Kim Crawford wines flowed on the sunny deck.
Fergie socialized on the pool deck during the cocktail hour. The crowd was an ego-destroyer: a genetic sea of bones and height that makes the Oscar crowd look like Comic-Con.
The Fashion L.A. Awards honorees included stylists Karla Welch (presented by Busy Phillips), Samantha McMillen (presented by client Ashton Kutcher), Stephen Gan (honored eloquently by Lee Daniels, who was wearing red flip flops) and Minaj, who was honored as "Fashion Rebel."
"When the person I know myself to be meets the person I want you to think I am, it's called 'vulnerability,'" Kutcher said of his collaborations with stylist McMillen.
Paris Jackson's deb-ball year continues. After an apperance at the GLAAD Media Awards the night before, Paris was turning heads even in this room, posing here with Daily Front Row Editor-in-Chief Brandusa Niro.
Stella Maxwell (with host Nick Jonas and Lily Aldridge at the Mr. Chow after party) is a biological example of someone who disappears when they turn to the side. I know nothing about high fashion except that her dress size has to be "one sheet of paper."
On Wednesday night (Apr. 5) Jonas was the main man again, celebrating his Los Angeles Confidential cover at a dinner party with the mag's chiefs Alison Miller and Spencer Beck in the private room at Catch. Jonas has a collaboration with cool kicks brand Creative Recreation, who co-hosted with the mag.
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Old "L Word" colleagues Ilene Chaiken and Jennifer Beals met up at the Annenberg Space for Photography's opening night of "Generation Wealth" on Thursday night (Apr. 6).
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Lauren Greenberg's exhibit drew some actual members of "Generation Wealth": "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" cast members Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick.
The exhibit runs through August 13.
Dr. Bill Dorfman presented Paula Abdul with the Music Visionary Award at the unite4:humanity Gala at the Beverly Wilshire on April 7.
Wilmer Valderrama, Amber Heard, and Lisa Vanderpump were amongst the other honorees at the Billionaires Row Champagne and Powerteam International sponsored event. It raised money for the unite4:good Foundation.
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It's Emmy's FYC season already. The "Homeland" squad took over Neuehouse in Hollywood on Monday night. EP/Director Lesli Linka Glatter, Claire Danes and her perennial on-screen ally Mandy Patinkin led a panel that included Rupert Friend and Elizabeth Marvel.
The sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium for an opening day demolition of the San Diego Padres (14-3) included Emily Ratajkowski perched up in the new "Bud & Burgers" suite.
A select group of L.A. foodie influencers (think: Vice, Thrillist etc.) got the first bites of the Dodger Dog's new cousin ...
The Official Burger of the L.A. Dodgers (it has a Dodger Dog inside, which solves the dilemna for those who can't decide whether they want to throw a dog or a burger in their mouth while watching Clayton Kershaw throw heat for $13.50). Also, new team-specific Budweiser cans feature graphics designed by local artists.
Over 300 leaders in Gen-Z female video gathered at Tubefilter's meetup panel and townhall on "How Niche Female Programming is Capturing Big Audiences."
From left, the panel included: Elyssa Starkman (Beautycon's new Head of Content), Rachel Evans (of co-host Snarled and "The Dark Five"), Jason Ziemianski (Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer of Snarled), host/Tubefilter founder Drew Baldwin, Sarah Early (UTA), Gayle Gilman (Co-Founder/CEO Ripple Entertainment and Snarled), and Laci Green (leading YouTuber on Sex Education).
The conversation veered towards the sometimes awkward courtship with brands that seek access Gen-Z females via outdated demographic data. "Look at the census," Beautycon's Starkman said. "[Brands] should not be programming to the part of America that is going to be the minority in America next year." She was talking about white people.
The crowd at Tubefilter's quarterly meetup series at Busby's included execs from CBS Interactive, the MCN's, management firms, publicists, and independent creators.
"You have to thread that needle of being both 'the influencer' and a publisher," Snarled's Jason Ziemianski (far right) said. "Otherwise, you’re just a content farm and you're not going to develop the loyalty that we see in Laci [Green]."
Horatio Alger Awards
Palm Springs International Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner (with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas) was one of 11 leaders inducted in to the Horatio Alger Association, which honors business, civic and philanthropic leaders. Joining the host of the desert were John Elway, ABC News' Byron Pitts and Roger Penske. The event raised $13 million in D.C. for 116 high schoolers' college scholarships.
Meanwhile in Las Vegas, Aluna George was one of the featured performers at the opening of the new W Las Vegas Hotel. It occupies one tower of the SLS on the north end of the strip.
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Players often rush into a new casino on opening night hoping for good luck. This crowd on Friday night (March 31) included Jesse Metcalfe, Cara Santana, NFL star Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo.