Beverly Hills, CA- The swag to be had from attending DPA's Exclusive Pre-Award's Suite was pretty impressive. The first stop for the LuxLady was an introduction to Brazil's Barbara Bela, whose Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is art deco inspired. The party dresses are sexy, feminine and red-carpet ready. A unique moulage technique is used, which molds the design to one's body, giving it a one of a kind signature. LuxLady will be sure to have Barbara Bela on her speed-dial for her next red carpet event.
Next stop was Glass Harp Gallery of Nova Scotia. Designer Susan Hood was on hand to describe the design process of her lovely creations. She is a glass artist who works with a torch and aims to capture light in all of her designs. Her jewelry was selected to be worn by Bridget Nickerson, Ms. Canada and given to A-Listers at last year's Toronto Film Festival. One of her neclaces can be seen below worn by Jennifer Love-Hewitt's stylist.
After tolerating a long-winded introduction by Ms. Hood, the LuxLady indeed needed a cocktail and fortunately Dragon Bleu Vodka of France and funkinpurée were on hand. Dragon Bleu claims to be the only luxury vodka created from three grains: wheat, barley and rye. Not sure how that benefits you but the vodka is delicious as is funkinpurée's 100% natural fresh fruit.
Not to be upstaged by the vodka bar was Moreno BHLV (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas), a luxuriously packaged California Champagne that uses Mendocino French Colombard grapes and the Charmat process that produces smaller, longer-lasting bubbles.
With an extra lively spring in her step, the LuxLady was off to see gorgeous Canadian designer Ana Niculae's line, Imperfect Indulgence. Her designs speak for themselves.
Last but certainly not least was Turbine, a women's ready-to-wear collection which includes handbags and jewelry. Chic designer Lisa Drader-Murphy established the company in 1997 when she discovered a stock og high-end, vintage tailoting wool in the warehouse of an employer. After months of designing, pattern making and production, the first Turbine store opened.
Drader-Murphy created this amazing top that doubles as a dress! It is stunning and it comes in various colors and fabrics. Definitely a show-stopper.
Carin von Berg