By Darlene Donloe
In honor of the upcoming 88th Annual Academy Awards, Doris Bergman hosted her Ninth Annual Valentine Romance Oscar® Style Lounge & Party at Fig & Olive in Hollywood.
Bergman has earned a reputation in Hollywood for throwing the best pre-Oscar style lounge and party. After her recent soiree, her reputation is in tact.
The invitation-only event, hosted by Buywine.com, was attended by celebrities and persons from the world of entertainment who enjoyed French and Italian gourmet cuisine, premiere Napa wines and unique spirits while celebrating the film industry’s Oscar® nominated actors, former Oscar® winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPs.
The atmosphere was festive as attendees were lavished with everything from high-end fashion for men and women that included couture gowns, to bespoke tuxedos and suits, beauty, skin and hair care, jewelry, accessories, handbags, fragrances and electronics.
Oscar nominees in attendance included Benj Pasek (La La Land/Best Song), Justin Paul (La La Land/Best Song), David Greathouse, executive producer (Hacksaw Ridge) Best Picture, David Permut, producer (Hacksaw Ridge/Best Picture), Saniyya Sidney (Fences/Best Picture and Hidden Figures Best Picture), joined multiple Oscar nominees Bruce Dern, Golden Globe nominees/winners Allen Maldanado (Black-ish), Dale Goldboldo (People vs. O.J.), Grammy nominee Renee Olstead, (Do You Want To Know A Secret?), Frank Stallone, (Stayin’ Alive), primetime Emmy nominee Matt Walsh (Veep), primetime Emmy winner Patrika Darbo (Acting Dead), Dancing With Stars dancers Karina Smirnoff and Edyta Sliwinska, Sam Trammell (True Blood), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan), Lauren Makk (FABLife), Dr. Nicholas Perricone (skincare guru), Michael Campion (Fuller House), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Dee Wallace, Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Denise Boutte (Couples’ Night), Justin Chon (Gook) and Kelsey Scott (12 Years A Slave).
Johnny Harris of Photo Tee-Shirts
and Kelsey Scott (12 Years A Slave)
Allen Maldanado (Black-ish)
A number of vendors were on hand – some for the first time, others making a return. All of the vendors showered attendees with a number of high-end items. Vendors included: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, Isdinceutics, USA, Photo Tee-Shirts, Buywine.com, True Love Skin Care, The Footmate System by Gordon Brush, Rejuvenation in Motion Mobile Med-Spa, Timmy Woods Handbags, Sassy Locks Custom Baby Clothing, The Coffee Chef, Samiah Hinton Designs, FIBRUM Virtual Reality, Sue Wong Couture Gowns & Fragrance, Single Dress, Kaya Di Koko, Single Underwear For Men, Rekorderlig Cider, Handmade Hearts By Hillel, Hint Water, Spa Girl Vodka, M & R Photo Gallery, Pura D’or Hair Care, Spongelle, Zozo Bean Bakery, Zenful Water and Dr. Perricone gift boxes (containing Cold Plasma, Cold Plasma Eye, Cold Plasma Sun-D, The Essential Multivitamin, Super Greens and H2 Elemental Energy.) VIP gift bags were provided by Dr. Perricone.
Alma M. Callan of BuyWine.com
Dee Wallace with Sassy Locks
Handmade Hearts By Hillel
Timmy Woods Handbags
Always popular among the guests were Twisted Silver, My Saint, My Hero and Art Lewin Bespoke Suits & Tuxedos.
“We’re all here for the same reasons,” said Megan Lyne, sales rep for My Saint, My Hero. “It’s always nice to come and have a nice time, but our bracelets are a reminder that we all need prayer and blessings.”
(l-r) Christine Rich and Megan Lyne
Twisted Silver introduced their latest piece – Muscle, which can be worn as a choker, necklace or bracelet.
Debra Mitchell, who owns Twisted Silver, said she participates every year because she gets to meet new people.
Debra Mitchell (r) adorns Casey Burke (The Middle)
with some Twisted Silver
Art Lewin’s ties are always a crowd favorite.
The always nattily dressed Lewin of Art Lewin Bespoke has been participating in the popular event for years. Lewin, whose company has been in existence for 27 years, opened his Art Lewin Bespoke company in Beverly Hills four years ago.
ZoZo Bean Bakery
Janeth Hurtado’s ZoZo Bean Bakery was launched in honor of her seven-month-old, daughter, Zoey, who passed away eight months ago. Proceeds from the sales are slated for liver research and organ donation.
Jennifer Suiter’s True Love Skin Care, founded in 2015, is a crowd-pleaser. The line specializes in all-natural topical nutritional supplements.
“I’m so excited to share True Love with everyone,” said Suiter. “When people see the unique approach we take to skin care and health, they’re just blown away.”
Footmate was on hand (pun intended). The product comes with a gel and has Tee Tree oil and olive oil, which is good for callouses. The product is good for people in wheelchairs, athletes, diabetics and children.
Eureka Glinton, the general manager of the Bahamas Film & Television Commission was in attendance to promote the commission. The Bahamas has been used in several Hollywood films include seven James Bond films, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Into The Blue and Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?
Glinton also noted that the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues have used the Bahamas as a destination.
Greg Keushgerian and Brittany Marshall gifted Fibrum, a gaming content company with a branded VR headset. The system is completely wireless and sells for $79.99.
Dr. Sal, a primary care physician with expertise in facial aesthetics, sports medicine, and pharmaceutical clinical research, touted his mobile concierge med spa, which he started a year ago.
“Some people don’t want to come to the office,” said Dr. Sal. “I provide my services in the comfort of your house. You call me. I provide privacy and discretion because no one wants anyone knowing they’ve had plastic surgery.”
Lauren Makk (FABlife), who is pulling for Moonlight to win Best Picture this year, said she came to the event because she wanted to meet the vendors and support the Oscar nominees.
“I’m also here to support Wednesday’s Child,” said Makk.
In the spirit of giving back, guests and sponsors donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13-18) for a post-holiday gift drive benefitting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ -- a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families.
“In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Professor William Wong. Bergman always invites two foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it feels like to be treated as a VIP. http://www.foxla.com/wednesdays-child