By Alesandra Dubin Posted September 17, 2008, 11:50 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES A scant couple weeks after MTV's Video Music Awards brought a less-than-staggering number of big events into town, the 60th annual Emmy awards show will take to the Nokia Theatre on Sunday night with an anything-but-underwhelming slate of parties and suites on its heels.
Sunday night following the awards is when the crush of competing events takes over town. The Academy of Televsion Arts & Sciences' Governors Ball will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center's West Hall with a “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"-inspired look, produced by Sequoia Productions. Meanwhile, TV Guide’s sixth annual party will take over the Kress, with design by Event Eleven. And HBO's party will take over the Fountain Plaza at the Pacific Design Center with over-the-top design, as is typical, by Billy Butchkavitz.
Interior designer Mark Boone will create the look in the Architectural Digest greenroom backstage at the Emmys. A $10 million, three-tiered chandelier by Hearts on Fire made with nearly 5,000 diamonds will anchor the room.
And it seems that the slate of Emmy-related gift and hospitality suites is as robust as any show all year. In brief, Equinox Fitness and the Patrick Melville Salon are hosting the “Emmy Beauty Villa” at the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas from Thursday through Sunday. Event producer Debbie Durkin of Durkin Entertainment Inc. is partnering with Platform Media Group and the Environmental Media Association to produce a 100-percent sustainable event at a private Hancock Park estate on Thursday through Saturday. Speaking of going green, the Sofitel will play host to the “Alive! Expo Green Pavilion” on Friday and Saturday, with all eco-friendly products. Kari Feinstein's “Style Lounge” will take to a private estate on Thursday and Friday, with an event benefitting Youth AIDS. And Silver Spoon's “Passion for Pink” luxury suite has already kicked off at a Mulholland Drive mansion; it began on Tuesday and ends today. And the “HBO Luxury Lounge” will be back at the Four Seasons on Friday.