Over the weekend, Supper Club host, Tamsin Lonsdale, put on a “Black Dahliance” themed party for Carly Steel. The evening’s festivities kicked off with a cocktail party featuring fabulous mini bottles of Moet and Chandon bottle chamgane …
Spotted: Amanda Bynes, Izabella Miko, Edi Gathegi and Christian Serratos (Twilight, New Moon), Lady Victoria Hervey, Liane and Richard Weintraub, Peter Bacanovic, Julia Verdin, Nathalie Walker, Stephen Levinson (Exec Producer, Entourage), Sean Stone, Evan Hainey, Bryan Burk (Exec Producer Lost, Star Trek), Jane Lipstiz (CEO, Magical Elves), Roberto de Villacis, Xorin Balbes, Carter and Courtney Reum, Lesa Amoore and many more …
Here are some photos from Carly’s birthday last Friday …
Left: Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly, Clash of the Titans). Center: Beau Swayze and Mona Lisa Farrokhnia. Right: Saira Mehar, Kaya Johnson who is my cousin and co-founder of clothing line Literature Noir
Ambiance at The Sowden House, Lady Victoria Hervey (right), Carly Steel with Nathalie Walker
Buck Jensen, Richard Weintraub, Liane Weintraub and Peter Bacanovic
Long shot of the table with Amanda Bynes
PARTY Q & A WITH CARLY …
DT: How did the idea of “Black Dahliance” come to be?
CS: I met Tamsin Lonsdale who runs The Supper Club about a year ago and we have so many mutual friends from London and instantly hit it off and she asked me to become an ambassador for The Supper Club (which is essentially an international private members dining club – like a Soho House on wheels). Tamsin suggested hosting my birthday and originally we were planning to do it in the Hamptons but I’ve met so many wonderful people in LA I wanted to celebrate with them and I’ve always wanted to host an Old Hollywood themed party. I’m obsessed with the Hollywood Golden Age and wanted to bring that back for an evening. Tamsin also loves themed parties as they are such fun and she does them so incredibly well. Her attention to detail and creativity is second to none. The idea for the specific Black Dahliance theme came about when we scouted locations. I had attended a fashion show with my mother at The Sowden House a few years ago and it has stayed in my mind ever since because its so unique and special with an air of hidden mystery and history. What sealed the deal was after doing some research I learned that not only had Lloyd Wright designed The Sowden House, and it was the location for Kate Beckinsale’s scene as Ava Gardener in The Aviator, but it is widely thought to be where the Black Dahlia murder took place in the 1940s and thus The Black Dahliance came about. The incredibly talented Xorin Balbes who not only owns the property but also renovated it in a spectacular fashion generously let us host the party there and it was the star of the evening.
DT: Who catered?
CS: Our chef was the infamous Marcel Vigneron from Top Chef fame (currently at the Bazaar at the SLS hotel). He is so creative and such a character that he really added to the evening in every way. And Suzy Cakes did the gorgeous white cake with black trim and lining.
DT: Who handle decor/production?
CS: Tamsin Lonsdale and her incredibleSupper Club team handled the whole production. Miriam Yoo, Tal Polany, Ashley Gregory and Ashley Porter – the entire team are exceptional. Special shout out to the fabulous and talented Kristin Ess who designed the invitations, did my hair and also organized the amazing performers (sensational jazz singer Max Fontaine who was also the hit of the party and everyone thought they were hearing Frank Sinatra, the beautiful burlesque dancers Tracy and Jade, and Karis -our amazing cirque du soleil performer who can do things with a glow in the dark hoop I never thought were possible!)
DT: What are your CURRENT or UPCOMING projects?
CS: I currently do a lot of correspondent work for TV Guide Network, The Inside Film Show and just did a piece for 20/20 on Adam Lambert. I am also executive producing a new talk show with ITV Studios (who produced Hell’s Kitchen and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and a show with Magical Elves (who are currently nominated for Emmys for producing Top Chef and Project Runway). This year is hopefully shaping up to be quite exciting!
DT: What has been your biggest break?
CS: My biggest break was recently being part of TV Guide’s Live From the Academy Awards Red Carpet Show in February – one of the most amazing and exciting experiences I have ever had and it was the first time I have ever hosted live TV. I thought I’d be terrified as there is no safety net but I ended up loving it. It has also opened the door for so many more TV hosting opportunities. My first big break was my first job out of University – working in editorial at Vogue magazine in New York which was an incredible experience. I learned so much from Laurie Jones, the managing editor, who taught me everything I know about interviewing and writing.
DT: Are those your parents I see in the photos?
CS: Both my parents are Scottish and are based in the UK although because of the grim weather there they do love coming to LA. Being an only child I love it when they are here. My mother is my best friend and the most stylish (and wise) person I know. The reason I got the job at Vogue was a lot to do with her. My father is an award winning architect and is currently doing a project in San Diego so he has been here more often too which is really nice and he likes the sailing.
Photo (left): Carly Steel with her parents, Morag and Robert Steel
DT: What is the difference between living here vs Edinburgh vs London?
CS: The weather! Even though I have only lived in LA for a few years I love it and really feel like its home. I think LA is such an exciting and diverse city with wonderful people – I love the different terrains – the mountains, the beach, the city. There’s a perception on the east coast that LA is a heathen wilderness full of vapid people with dyed blonde hair (which ironically I now have), a mystic tan (ok I only do that for shoots) and Ugg boots (so I may have one pair…) who pepper “like” in every sentence (ok, fine, I confess I may have also started to do that…) but I promise its not really like that here. There’s an amazing art and culture scene and I’ve met some of the most creative and brilliant people. There are also a lot of expats – especially the Brits. What I do miss about New York is the energy and excitement – everything moves so quickly whereas LA can be a little more lethargic. And what I miss most about the UK (aside from the amazing chocolate snacks) is the dry, self deprecating sense of humor and silly, witty banter. Sometimes when I crack a sarcastic or ironic remark here its taken at face value and misinterpreted which has led to some interesting ‘lost in translation’ situations… There really is a culture difference is so many ways even though its two English speaking western cultures.
Photo: Me and Carly last year at an Oscar party
Photos from Wireimage, Patrick McMullen and The Supper Club