The event: Contestants in the “Global Gourmet Games” battled it out Saturday by assessing the ingredients in appetizers, calculating the calories in main courses and determining the fat content in desserts served at an international feast at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The congenial competition, which awarded prizes for enthusiasm in addition to high scores, did more than educate guests about foods. The event also raised $3.3 million for Faster Cures, a center of the Milken Institute dedicated to speeding and improving medical research.
The scene: Lest anyone doubt that financier Michael Milken, acting as the night’s emcee, wears many hats, gala guests watched him switch headgear throughout the evening. And although most questions involved foods, in one instance teams earned points for correctly guessing the origin of Milken’s bright red topper from Tibet.
The teams: Paula Abdul said she didn’t think herself a food expert, but her table host Richard Merkin, chief executive of Heritage...Read more
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a gleaming silver gown by Zac Posen to the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner Saturday. But we were struck by her hair, in lovely beachy curls.
Read our coverage of the dinner here.
Nikki Reed, of the "Twilight" movies, married Ian Somerhalder, of "Vampire Diaries," on Sunday in Malibu. The bride, 26, wore a white lace fishtail gown, and the bridegroom, 36, wore a white suit. [People]
Abercrombie & Fitch, known for its racy advertising and shirtless hunks, has decided to dial down the sexualized marketing. [WWD]
Tommy Hilfiger was honored at the Race to Erase MS gala in Los Angeles on Friday. [Los Angeles Times]
Calvin Klein threw a bash at the Chateau Marmont to launch the limited-edition #MyCalvins Denim Series, a capsule collection of high-waist jeans, sporty oversized tees, sweats and backpacks. Kendall Jenner, the face of the collection, was on hand, along with her mom Kris Jenner, sister Kylie Jenner and stepsisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. ...Read more
The event: The 22nd annual Race to Erase MS gala, hosted by Nancy Davis and honoring fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, got off to a fast start Friday, as Disney stars G. Hannelius and Rowan Blanchard introduced 12-year-old Internet rapper MattyB to open the show. Held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the celebrity-studded affair also closed on a high note with performances by Rita Ora and Ne-Yo, and by evening’s end, proceeds of $1.7 million had been raised for research on treatments for multiple sclerosis.
The scene: Paris Hilton stepped onto the stage, cradling a 4-month-old Pomeranian puppy, on offer to the highest bidder. The live auction at dinner, introduced by Anne Heche and James Tupper, also included a 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT, trips to exotic locales, a dinner for 20 and more. A 600-lot silent auction took place during the cocktail hour, which featured jewelry, accessories, more trips, show tickets, gift baskets, celebrity meet-and-greets and other goodies.
The music:...Read more
Tommy Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, are in L.A. for the weekend for Tommy to pick up the Medal of Hope at the 22nd annual Race to Erase MS Gala. And they took the opportunity to turn the lobby of the Chateau Marmont into their living room Thursday night, hosting friends and family for cocktails to celebrate the Dee Ocleppo handbag collection, which was launched by Tommy’s better half in 2012.
The collection, which is made in Italy, includes the St. Tropez top handle tote with interchangeable covers in colorful rattan or exotic leathers, which allow one bag to have two different looks; the fringed Hong Kong iPhone case with a window cutout of the back to access a phone screen; and the Soho clutch with lizard flap.
“I’m very proud,” Tommy Hilfiger said of his wife, while demonstrating how easily the covers can be removed from the St. Tropez tote.
“I was so sick of everyone having the same bags … the same Hermes and Celine,” said Dee Hilfiger. “So I made these. They’ve sold well at Harrods...Read more
Can Kendall Jenner wake the sleeping giant that is Calvin Klein Jeans?
That’s what the Seventh Avenue stalwart is hoping.
Jenner, 19, lent her reality-to-runway star power to the brand Thursday night at the Chateau Marmont in L.A. at a launch party for the limited-edition #MyCalvins Denim Series, a capsule collection of ’90s-nostalgic high-waist jeans, sporty oversized tees, sweats and backpacks designed with Jenner’s generation in mind.
Jenner appears in ads for the collection, pouting in a cropped logo tee and fleece shorts, including on L.A.’s prime piece of fashion real estate, the billboard in front of the Chateau on Sunset Boulevard. The collection, $58 to $348, is being sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony stores until May 15 when it goes wide on calvinklein.com.
Jenner was in no mood to talk about her father Bruce Jenner’s TV tell-all coming up on Friday night, which one of the stylish guests at the bash confessed she’s organizing a viewing party to watch.
She’s got her own life....Read more
Imagine a pair of Vans shoes designed to look like a surfer catching a wave. Or a pair with a bespectacled face staring up at the wearer.
These were just two of the entries in last year's Custom Culture competition sponsored by Vans to stoke creativity in high school students and raise money for their schools. (See some of the 2014 entries in our photo gallery, above.)
This year, the national contest attracted 3,000 submissions, which have been winnowed down to 50 semifinalists that as of Friday go to a public vote. The competitors are vying for $50,000 for their school and the chance to see one of their designs sold nationwide.
“This is the greatest thing ever,” said Steve Van Doren, whose father co-founded Vans in 1966.
The competition provides an outlet for students to explore their creative imaginations and gives the company an opportunity to support arts education, he said.
The contest has resulted in donations of more than $400,000 to high school art programs across the country...Read more