Despite heavy rain, close to 900 people turned up for People en Español's annual “Los 50 Más Bellos” fete at Splashlight Studios on Wednesday, May 16. Out of the thunderstorm, attendees found a clean space (not too far removed from the venue's main purpose as a photo studio) with minimal decorative elements and large sections devoted to the evening's sponsors. Cara Gorman, associate director of event marketing for People en Español, hired Matthew David Events to produce a look that emulated the first-class lounges found in airports and would provide an appropriate setting to incorporate liquor, cosmetics, technology, and automotive brands.
Sponsors Johnnie Walker, Garnier, Maybelline, Verizon Wireless, and American Airlines all received choice positions in the bilevel venue to showcase their wares in an interactive way. And although interactivity wasn't a big part of Hyundai's display, the South Korean motor company got prominent placement with two cars on the red carpet. (Hyundai did its own take on “beautiful people” on the inside cover of the issue, featuring a lineup of successful Spanish-speaking men and women in its ad touting inner beauty.)
The rain only seemed to cause one mishap: despite tenting, the red carpet at the entrance got a soaking and needed to be cleaned with a wet/dry vacuum before guests showed up.