Oscar swag to fill your designer bag. And is that Brad Pitt??
Designer stuff is a big part of Oscar weekend – everything from handbags, Mongolian jewelry, vitamins, hand-made chocolates, aluminum art apples, and cosmetics to exotic lodging deals. Hollywood’s glitterati come to see and be seen. And to fill their swag bags.
Beverly Hills, California
In two mezzanine suites just above the lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel – yes, the one from “Pretty Woman” – about 200 people are jostling each other with “what-can-possibly-impress-me-here?" looks on their faces.Skip to next paragraph
Table after table of high-end goods are laid out, trying to attract the eye of Oscar and other celebrities such as actor Christian Bale, nominated this year for “The Fighter,” composer Hans Zimmer (“Rain Man,” “Dark Knight”), and Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine,” “Brokeback Mountain.”)
Five pages of other names include Jamie Foxx, and TV celebrities from “Saturday Night Live” to “Glee” – all looking at handbags, Mongolian jewelry, vitamins, hand-made chocolates, aluminum art apples, cosmetics, exotic lodging deals and more.
Lists of Oscar parties are printed in the L.A. Times.
Saturday also included 1) an HBO salute to the movie academy’s documentary nominees, 2) a luncheon for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, hosted by Barry Diller (“Mr. Diane von Furstenberg,” as the L.A. Times calls him). There’s also 3) a soiree with Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers saluting his favorite films – an event that in the past has attracted A-listers George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie (what a concept!).