Ahead of this week’s Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Max Mara’s Nicola Maramotti proudly feted their 10th Face of the Future award recipient, Kate Mara (of no relation) at Chateau Marmont on June 15. “I think she’s edgy and fun and modern, and she just does what feels good,” Maramotti told Variety. “She cuts her hair, just because she likes to cut her hair! She didn’t ask anybody about it, she just does it! And she’s natural, and has a really good personality.”
Another lady in red took center stage, in New York, at the amfAR Inspiration Gala. Honoree Miley Cyrus delivered a 10-minute emotional tribute to the delight of HIV/AIDS advocates — and even offered to flash the crowd and clean the auction winner’s home naked, for the cause.
Andy Cohen, Miley Cyrus and Kenneth Cole
The night’s other award recipient, Andy Cohen, was more reserved but just as unwavering in his support at the amfAR gala, recalling his experience of moving to NY as a 22-year-old gay man. “I was really terrified I was going to get sick and die,” Cohen said. “Gay men were dying in droves.” However, he now feels a cure is “in our future.”
Emily Ratajkowsk and Jordana Brewster
Fashion was also on display on June 15 as guests including Emily Ratajkowsk, Jordana Brewster, Haim, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick and the UK’s buzzy new music group Jungle helped kick off the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.
Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow
And over in Beverly Hills at the Montage on June 15, friends rallied for another cause — aiding at-risk youths who face addiction. Emmy-winning actress Lisa Kudrow (in a Lela Rose dress and Donna Karan hosiery) presented the 2015 Phoenix Rising award to her former castmate, Matthew Perry, lauding his “quick wit…sizzling instinct and intellect…creativity and humor.” She called working with Perry “like shooting hoops with Shaq: it raises your game.”
Sue Kroll and Sandra Bullock
Friendship similarly veered into other territories when Sandra Bullock took the stage to honor Sue Kroll at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Plaza on June 16. “There is so much power in this room, we are all going to be on the same menstrual cycle after this,” Bullock quipped.
Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman
Taking friendship even a step further, after award recipient Nicole Kidman mentioned that she’d turned down a role in a Jane Campion film at 14 because it involved “wearing a shower cap and kissing another girl,” her presenter and longtime friend Naomi Watts rose to the occasion. The two donned shower caps and kissed beforean excited audience (which included honorees Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway and Toni Howard).
Meanwhile in Beverly Hills, at the Svedka Summer Fiesta celebrating new Grapefruit Jalapeno flavor, guests looked up to host Eva Longoria — who spoke with Variety about her new show, “Hot and Bothered.” “I didn’t realize how anticipated it was until the Upfronts, when everybody was talking about it like, ‘oh my goooddd!!!'” she said. “I guess it’s been a minute since I’ve been on TV,” admitted the former “Desperate Housewives” star, who retains a fondness for her saucy character Gabrielle: “I just miss her.”
David Arquette and Bootsy Bellows crew
Another lively bash on June 16 unveiled the new design of the h.wood Group’s celebrity-laden hotspot, Bootsy Bellows. Owners David Arquette, John Terzian and Brian Toll welcomed guests including Justin Bieber, Kate Beckinsale, Michael B. Jordan and Jason Derulo, who performed. “The months it has been closed for the remodel have felt like a void missing in LA,” Arquette noted, of the space whose amped up “Rat Pack”-themed interior will host nightly burlesque shows.
The h.wood Group
Also on the design front, on June 17, stylist Brad Goreski previewed his new curated collection for Shutterfly at the third annual Shutterfly by Design event, where the TV personality disclosed his home decor and style tips.
Getty Images for Shutterfly
At the E3 Convention on June 17, celebrity support shifted to another realm: electronics. Special appearances were made by Rosario Dawson at Call of Duty, Zach Braff at Destiny, Bella Thorne at Guitar Hero Live and Josh Duhamel at Skylanders SuperChargers (Duhamel is the voice of High Volt in the new Skylanders SuperChargers video game out September 20).
Mary J. Blige and Rose McGowan
Another actor stepping outside the box (at New York nightclub the Box) was Rose McGowan, who sang for the first time during Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek’s Casa Reale fine jewelry launch on June 17. “I’ve always been fearless; it’s the times I wasn’t (fearless) in my life that I was unhappy,” said McGowan, who gleaned from the night’s more veteran performer, Mary J. Blige.
Performing was also in full effect as Jason Derulo and ZEDD entertained at the Tinder Plus launch party (toasting the new version of the popular dating app) over at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar 8 on June 17. Love hopefuls and guests including French Montana and Mark Salling enjoyed renditions of Derulo’s “Want to Want Me” and “In My Head,” and the crowd exploded as ZEDD’s friend Martin Garrix dropped the beat on his hit track, “Animals.”
Hoda Kotb and Nyasia Booker
More singing happened still on June 17 at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, where performer Nyasia Booker, introduced by Hoda Kotb, sparkled in a dress that Zac Posen fitted her in earlier. The non-profit organization works with The Madison Square Garden Company to bring the magic of MSG to children facing obstacles.
Rebecca Taylor/MSG Photos
Russell Simmons and Annette Benning
Another stylish figure, Russell Simmons, received praise for his Art for Life foundation at New York’s Breaking Barriers: The 20th anniversary of the National Urban Technology Center Gala Awards on June 17. Oscar nominated actress Annette Benning was the night’s other philanthropy award recipient.
Getty/ Wire / Johnny Neunez
Chef Marcel Vigneron with Giuliana and Bill Rancic
Heating things up at the Samsung Studio LA on June 17 was “Top Chef” alum Marcel Vigneron along with Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who assisted as guests prepared their own food (mason jar salad with crispy quinoa, seared scallop with cauliflower “cous cous”) using Vigneron’s recipes and Samsung appliances. The Rancics raved about parenthood, while Vigneron hinted at his two upcoming restaurant concepts (Beefsteak, a plant-based concept on Melrose launching in August, succeeded a month later by Undisclosed, a more upscale experience, housed in an adjacent WeHo space).
Christopher Masterson, Topher Grace, Danny Masterson and Emile Hirsch
Samsung partnered the following night with Art of Elysium, who threw an intimate dinner party in anticipation of their biggest fundraising event, Heaven, happening on January 10, 2016. Emile Hirsch brought son Valor to the child-supporting event (Samsung Galaxy S 6 phones at each place setting displayed photos of an Art of Elysium child with dreams), and “That 70’s Show” stars Danny Masterson and Topher Grace caught up along with their ladies, longtime AoE supporter Grace praising his bubbly fiance Ashley Hinshaw to friends later in the evening.
Mariana Klaveno, Jennifer Howell and Paz Vega
“I am a woman who would fight for the artist’s last brushstroke,” said Art of Elysium founder Jennifer Howell, who started the foundation in August 1997, and spoke to the room of supporters, personally recognizing friends like Topher Grace, who’d attended every Heaven event. “I personally believe that heaven is in this room,” she stated — though wasn’t yet able to name this year’s celebrity curator (who’ll design the concept, menu and performances for the starry annual gala).
Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Patricia Arquette, Stephane Gerschel and Tiziana Rocca
Arts also came into play as Bulgari designed a special award for Patricia Arquette, the Bulgari Tao Arte Award, at the 61st Edition of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on June 18. There, the Oscar winner mingled with Bulgari International Communications Director Stephane Gerschel and Taormina Film Festival General Manager Tiziana Rocca (Richard Gere, Rosario Dawson, Asia Argento, Susan Sarandon, Dolph Lundgren and Ellen Pompeo were also honored in the glorious 2,500-year-old Greco Roman amphitheater).
Marisa Tomei and Maria Cornejo
More domestically, fashion was trumpeted as Zero + Maria Cornejo Melrose Place celebrated five years — with help from stylish guests including Marisa Tomei, Marysia Woroniecka, Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, Nina Clemente, Emma Reeves and Laurence Goldberg, who enjoyed South American inspired bites and stimulating aesthics.
Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, David Lee, Andrew Bogut
Meanwhile, the newly crowned kings of the NBA celebrated their victory in Sin City. Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, David Lee and Andrew Bogut toasted their championship at Marquee Nightclub inside the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on June 19.