Visitors browsed around a dozen or so sweet suites with beaucoup items on display, activities to enjoy, and nibbles to nosh on. Plenty of places provided perfect pre-fete preparations -- from fixing eyebrows to sampling the best in makeup, gowns, and shoes from such upper echelon faves as Taryn Rose and Stuart Weitzman. One room had a guy giving free mini massages. Another gave out mini Oscar-survival kits with disposable camera and aspirin. (I half expected to see a mini Cooper, or maybe Chris Cooper, but alas, no. Ditto on mini skirts.) Femmes found fun in front of another room, too, as 2 guys in robes offered cigars (insert Freud joke here).
Once you had your fill of browsing and perusing, you could switch to acting amusing, in the "Main Room" -- the 60s-look watering hole hangout you hit as you depart the elevator, tempting Tinseltown travelers with gratis Bacardi drinks, celebs and convo. Rhonda Shear was holding court the day I was there -- looking great, definitely not looking like she was "Up All Night" (and if you actually got this lame line, you must remember USA Network's early pre-"Monk" days, too). Behind this main area, the Colored Diamonds suite beckoned. But you had to pass through the free drinks to get to it, so I wonder how many folks got sucked/stuck in the reveling room. If so, they missed some high end stuff.
So take note for next year: Le Meridien is THE place to be if you need to get your fashion freak on with debuting or daring designers, and designing dames -- all on one floor, for "the week before". Saving you invaluable time you can now use to pick proper pre-awards parties to partake in.
Dr. Don Rose
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Publisher & Editor In Chief, The Rose Review
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