It All Happens under the Chandeliers and on the Couches

You wouldn’t necessarily think that hardware could be sexy, or that an invitation to a store party would be the most coveted one of the night. When that hardware consists of high-end decor at the flagship Restoration Hardware store, all bets are off.


After last year’s mobbed opening bash at the Beverly Boulevardl ocation, the bar was raised pretty high as the store recently hosted another lively soirée to launch its Spring 2012 line, called Exposed. Unless you count lighting fixtures as hardware, none seem to be in evidence either upstairs or downstairs at the sprawling store, which boasts an extensive side patio tricked out with trellises and of course, outdoor furniture.


But what you did see were several of Hollywood’s most beautiful women including Malin Ackerman, Elizabeth Banks, Milla Jovovich (who had looked absolutely incredible at the Oscars) and Abbie Cornish, all members of the host committee, who partied up a storm with hundreds of others.


The event benefited the The Prints and Drawing Council (PDC) of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and featured a live performance by New York duo The Pierces.


The champagne cocktails were flowing nonstop and the tray passed hors d’oeuvres kept coming, including some succulent lamb chops, as guests checked out the new home furnishings collection.


The only downside of the evening, and one that was predictable with the large crowd (estimated at nearly 1,000 people): the long wait to retrieve cars from valet.

Sleek and Chic for the Oscar Vanity Fair Party

Winter awards season may have ended with the Oscars, but some of the looks are timeless. Take Elizabeth Banks’ classic updo at the Vanity Fair party, for instance.


Celebrity hairstylist Daniel Howell created the look of “The Hunger Games” star with the help of Joico hair products, and he shared step-by-step instructions on how to create this chic style.


To prep your hair, Howell recommends using an intense conditioning treatment several days before your big event. He likes Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe. Here’s how he proceeded to style Banks’ look.


On her damp hair, I evenly sprayed Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant on the hair to prevent damage from the heat of the dryer.


1. I began sectioning the hair in one inch sections, then starting at the nape I blow dried each section using a medium round brush,working my way from the nape to the front hairline,making sure that each section was completely dry


2. I directed the roots of the hair downward on the sides and back of the head but on the top of the head I directed the hair up so it would have the lift I needed.


3. When the hair was completely dry I put a bit of Joico K-PAK Color Therapy Restorative Styling Oil on the ends of the hair which helps to smooth out and dry or split ends and also gives a bit of texture


4. Then I sectioned the hair on the top of the head and clipped it out of the way.  While I brushed the hair on the sides of the head back away from the face, I held the hair at the back of the head near the nape then I twisted the hair gradually moving upwards, securing it with hair pins as I was twisting.


5. Next, I tucked rest of the hair into the twist making sure the crown was secured with pins. 


6. I then ran my fingers through the top section of hair, directing it towards the back. Tucking the ends of the hair and securing with hairpins, I used only my fingers to sweep the hair back so maintain the height and texture. To keep the look, I sprayed Joico’s JoiMist Firm Finish Spray.


7. To finish the look, I misted the hair with Joico Design Collection Humidity Blocker which prevents moisture in the air from making the hair frizzy.