By Alesandra Dubin Posted September 17, 2007, 11:51 AM EDT
It might be said that this year's Emmy suites embraced two things that Angelenos are known to care for deeply: the environment and pampering. Whereas last weekend in Las Vegas for MTV's VMAs, we saw suites largely dominated by swag, the Emmy suites focused on green living as well as spa treatments.
Green Living Lifestyle created an eco-friendly lounge at sustainable home store Cisco Home, offering facials with Origins products and manicures and pedicures by Green Bliss Eco Spa featuring Priti nontoxic nail polishes and soy-based polish remover. The event benefited local organizations Communities for a Better Environment L.A. and Million Trees L.A. (This was the second annual Emmy lounge for Green Living Lifestyle; last year the team tricked out the W.)
An eco-conscious thread also ran through the three-day-long suite setup over at Sonya Dakar's palatial spa in Beverly Hills. Green Girl Guide compiled eco-friendly bags that included Nature’s Gate chemical-free eau de toilette; Charmone vegan, sweatshop-free shoes; and an issue of Good magazine, all in a Simple Shoes bag, which uses zippers made from recycled plastic bottles.
Between their Sonya Dakar spa treatments, guests could lounge in a pretty rooftop space (which featured sweeping views of Beverly Hills below to the Hollywood sign on the far hills) again designed by Carrie Zack. Vanilla Bake Shop provided sweet treats (including a s'mores-style confection).
Kari Feinstein's Style Lounge took over an opulent home perched near Benedict Canyon and Mulholland Drive, offering swag as well as facial laser treatments by Fraxel (done on-site by an M.D. who commandeered a walk-in closet to create a makeshift office), spa treatments by Skin Haven (in a sprawling bathroom), and brow sculpting by the girls from Billion Dollar Brows. Proceeds from the Style Lounge went to Rock the Cure.
Not to be without its own charity component, the Silver Spoon suite at the Beverly Wilshire took donations at the door for the Creative Coalition. Entertainment Fusion Group handled PR, and Flaming Flower Productions designed a towering arrangement that decked the black-and-white-floored entry to the eighth-floor penthouse.
Among the other suites around town were HBO's five-year-old Luxury Lounge at the Four Seasons on Doheny, and GBK's biggie at the Hollywood Roosevelt, which benefited Clothes Off Our Back, Kevin Bacon’s 6 Degrees, the Humane Society, and the Harbor Foundation.