THE PARTYCelebrity Fight Night’s 22nd celeb-filled Phoenix event once again pulled no punches. THE GUESTS More than 1,000 elegantly dressed guests gathered for the main event—all in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
THE PARTYScottsdale Fashion Week's four-day lineup kicked off at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale with fashions by Project Runway star Michael Costello and ended on a high-note the last night with a performance by Charlie Puth at Livewire. THE GUESTS Designer Michael Costello, whose celebrity clients include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, flew to Scottsdale for the event. VIPs had the chance to chat with Costello at a private brunch following the fashion show.
THE PARTY The Westgate Hotel was the “it” destination to kick off summer festivities thanks to Modern Luxury San Diego’s swank Poolside Party. The social set, including Mel and Sem Kurtulus and Michelle St. Clair, donned stylish beach-chic attire, setting the tone for the sunny months ahead.
THE PARTY Event chair Audrey Ratner joined with Mingei International Museum to host Bazaar Under the Stars—a spirited fete that featured an exotic market of arts and crafts, and benefited the folk art museum’s annual exhibitions and K-12 education programs. THE SCENE Guests Erin Svalstad, Barbara Zobell and Bettina Hahn Osborne perused the market’s 15 vendors and picked up items like one-of-a-kind jewelry, African masks, Cambodian silk scarves and more.
THE PARTYBloom Bash is a fitting name for San Diego Museum of Art’s signature fundraiser of the year. Not only does it mark the Balboa Park museum’s growth as an iconic outlet for culture, but the beloved annual tradition also signifies the social season’s transition from spring into summer. Partygoers were treated to an exclusive after-hours peek of the Art Live 2016 exhibition, which was headlined by L.A.-based sculptor James Peterson.
THE PARTY More than 4,500 spectators came out for San Diego Polo Club’s Opening Day—a special one, as it marked the 110th anniversary of the sport in our great city. Held at the fields in Rancho Santa Fe, the competitive event featured two spirited matches: Le Mirage vs. Pheasant Hollow and J. Craig Venter Institute vs. BMW Encinitas. The winners? Le Mirage took it home with a 7-5 victory, and BMW Encinitas won at the very last second during a tense overtime period.
Brian Feinzimer, and Amaranta Esquivel and Gabriel Mora for Luminaire Images
THE PARTY The fun began behind the scenes for the 107 Type 1 diabetic kiddos who walked the runway during PADRE’s fashion show at the Hyatt Regency Surf City. They donned looks from Macy’s, got their hair done by Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa—and emerged to model for a crowd of nearly 800. THE GUESTS The party was packed with family and friends. Take Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson; she served as the mistress of ceremonies and has been a T1D for 23 years (she brought her daughter too).
THE PARTY O.C.’s most elegant altruists decked themselves in black and white and filled The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel for a gala that’s known for its iconic appeal—Court Appointed Special Advocates of O.C.’s ball, an affair that netted a record $1 million-plus for the nonprofit’s work to support abused and neglected kids.
THE PARTY It’s been a decade since Harald Herrmann launched the Pink Tie Ball with Julie Ann Ulcickas, after losing his wife, Kathie, to breast cancer—and in that time, Komen O.C.’s blush-hued bash has invested upward of $5.6 million into research.
A yuzu nage is poured over sea bass with radishes and turnips.
The New Golden Age
by Lesley Balla | Photography by Dylan + Jeni | Angeleno magazine | July 7, 2016
On a recent weekday afternoon at Paley, sunlight streamed in through the wall of windows-and bounced off brass, copper and gold accents in the dining room-as I dug into fiery-red steak tartare. Its color comes from gochujang, a Korean fermented chile paste, but the supple meat was less spicy than it was earthy, with an interesting depth of flavor. I sipped a glass of wine, looked around at the incredibly stylish guests chatting at nearby tables, and thought: Toto, we’re not in Hollywood anymore.