What: 20th annual Elton John Oscar party
When: Night of the Oscars!
Where: Pacific Design Center (in a massive tent out front)
Who: Elton John & David Furnish, Steve Tisch, Russell Simmons, Neil Patrick Harris, supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolina Kurkova. Heidi Klum, Petra Nemcova, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steven Tyler, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, and more …
Another Academy Awards evening at Sir Elton John’s Oscar Party … This year, I took along Jessica Nagel (publicist for J. Mendel), Flo Fulton (President of Events at Nike Communications) who flew in from New York, and a couple others — all clad in J. Mendel including myself — of course I wanted to represent since I sit on the Board of Directors for J. Mendel and what better place to wear one of Gilles’ [Gilles Mendel, heir apparent and designer of J. Mendel] beautiful gowns. We had a running joke all evening that we were the J. Mendel table.
#TruffleNotes: Being a ‘Grand Benefactor’ at the Elton John party gets you a table for 10 and 2 passes to Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Night Before party
#TruffleNotes: When we were heading to the party, I made a really big deal of telling everyone how strict the security is at the door and that they had to have their IDs. Turns out, me and Flo both forgot ours and had to
turn around to go get them …
When we finally got there, I saw the stunning model Alessandra Ambrosio on the red carpet in a one shoulder beige gown. I cannot believe how amazing she looks seven months pregnant. Inside the party I saw her and Kourtney Kardashian pose together comparing baby bumps. Kourtney arrived with her sister Kim and the two of them joined Heidi Klum’s table which was right next to ours. On the other side of our table was Steven Tyler’s table, who I always love seeing. He even came over to say hello and I had to tell him how much I love him on American Idol.
The party was held at the Pacific Design Center on La Cienega which they turned into the most fabulous party space decorated with draped fabric and electric teal blue linens — inside the tent was a stage for Foster the People and several auction tables full of donated luxury items up for bid.
Katy Perry joined Eltonat his table and her hair almost matched the table cloth making her look even more gorgeous that night. Elton and his husband David are always the best hosts making sure to say hello and thank you to everyone there. I was so impressed at how they made it a point to stop by each and every table, luckily including ours. It is always so much fun seeing Elton. I wish he had performed again this year but had a blast watching Foster the People play heir hit song Pumped Up Kicks. They were great live!
Kelly Osborne and I chatted as everyone made their rounds. I was obsessed with her yellow gown, the color was perfection on her and she looked flawless. I also met Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries who also glowed wearing a black J. Mendel gown. Also spotted … Dita Von Teese (who performed at my dad’s [Alec Gores] New Year’s Party), Gwen Steffani and Anna Paquin. I love No Doubt and True Blood so I had a total fan moment.
#Food: Champagne, shrimp, lamb meatballs, filet, sea bass and a pear tart with caramel which was my favorite! After dinner we made our way to the Godiva chocolate bar where I continued to indulge in chocolate caramels. I love chocolate and Godiva so this was a highlight for me and we all got to take home boxes of Godiva as well.
I can’t believe this was the 20th annual Elton John Oscar party and they seem to set the bar higher every year. To top it off they raised over $5 million to benefit The Elton John Aids Foundation. I was so happy to be involved in this fun night and great cause.
FOSTER THE PEOPLE perform Pumped Up Kicks at the Elton John party ….