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Rodeo Drive "Walk of Style" Awards Honoring Iman x Missoni
Fashion's Night Out: Rodeo Drive 90210 & Ron Robinson

Rodeo Drive "Walk of Style" Awards Honoring Iman x Missoni

Where else could I meet my style icon, an iconic supermodel, watch style history being made and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood? Why Rodeo Drive of course!! I attended the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” event in Beverly Hills, which honored one of the top supermodels and brands in the fashion industry…. Iman and Missoni. During my short stint on the red carpet with the other mass of paparazzi, I managed to snap shots of Mena Suvari, Elisabetta Canalis, Alexis Bledel, Iman and the Missoni family. I felt like I was in a movie or something…It felt so surreal. I’m so used to just reading about these people, but to actually see them in person. It was awesome! I also have to add that Rosita Missoni (the Grandmother) is just too cute! Everyone just looked so amazing in (mostly) pieces from Missoni. I met up with my friend and fellow blogger-Mary of The Recessionista and we kept each other company that night. We browsed the Missoni store, where cocktails and champagne were being handed out. It was my first time in the shop and it was just to awe-inspiring to see the colorful fabrics and garments in person. It was in the store where (thanks to Mary) where I gathered enough courage to introduce myself to Iman, who is such a enchanting woman with a caring heart. She was wearing a 70s-inspired dress by Rachel Zoe (who was presenting her with the award later that evening). What also impressed me was that Iman was accessible enough to strike up a small conversation. After chatting with the lovely Iman, Mary and I walked around, nibbled from the small buffet of goodies and took in the scene before the ceremony.
We listened to speeches by the Mayor of Beverly Hills- Mr. Barry Brucker, members of the Save the Children Foundation and the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” committee before Rachel Zoe herself took the stage, speaking about Iman. “She’s kinda everything…” Zoe mentioned that she rarely uses the term, “everything” to describe a person, but Iman was the exception. Iman soon humbly took the stage, with Rachel handing her the small torso sculpture that was the “Walk of Style” Award. Iman graciously accepted the award, congratulating Rachel on her new baby boy before speaking about the honor of winning the award and the efforts of the Save the Children Foundation. She also mentioned the horrifying lifestyles that the women of East Africa and her home country of Somalia are facing still in 2011, comparing it to “Sophie’s Choice.” She ended her speech on a lighter note by saying, “I want to invite everybody to come and walk all over me…Come, walk over me, shop and be fabulous!” Next, THE Quincy Jones spoke about his friends-the Missoni family: Angela, Margherita, Rosita, Ottavio, Vittorio, Ottavio Jr. and Jennifer; making note that he is “a junkie and huge fan of Missoni designs.” The last highlight of the evening was when the Missoni family happily accepted their award. After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to actually meet Rachel Zoe, who is my style icon. She was amazing and even complimented my outfit, which was such an honor. We left with a Missoni scarf (my first Missoni piece!) and a few other goodies. If you’d like more information on the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” event, go here.

I’d like to thank: Mary, Felix (for helping with the Rachel Zoe introductions), Tara from The Donahue Group, Shana Yao, Iman, Rachel Zoe, the staff at the Missoni store and at the event and the Rodeo Drive “Walk of Style” committee.

Fashion's Night Out: Rodeo Drive 90210 & Ron Robinson

I was invited to attend the Fashion’s Night Out festivities in Beverly Hills, as well as to partake in the exclusive blogger/media pre-party on the rooftop of the upscale boutique hotel-Luxe Rodeo Drive. The view from the penthouse shindig was breathtaking and the weather was perfect. I met some very fashionable bloggers, like: Folake from Style Pantry, Jovanna from East of Highland, Lauren from The Daily Truffle, Romy from Romy Raves, Alexandra Bower of Beverly Hills Mom and others. I enjoyed the view, chatted it up with fellow bloggers munched on a mini-caprese kabob and sipped on the raspberry soup, which was so delicious! Later, I headed down to Rodeo Drive to take in all the action. It was crowded, but the people watching was amazing! I loved the street style and the creative outfits people had on. I checked out the Guilt City booth, where you could sign up with them and get one free service, like a massage or a mini-makeover. I received the neck and shoulder massage, courtesy of the lovely Krystal from The Peninsula Spa, and it was amazzzzziiiinnnnnggggg! There was another booth where guests can create an IRIS by Cirque Du Soleil flipbook and of course, the iconic ferris wheel was the talk of the town. More than a hundred retailers hosted their own FNO shopping soirees. I checked out Chanel, which was incredibly crowded with fashionistas. They debuted three nail colours in different hues of blue, titled Les Jeans de Chanel. No LA party could not be without the food trucks: Coolhaus, Buttermilk Truck, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Waffles De Liege were among them.

After checking out the Beverly Hills FNO scene, I rushed over to Melrose to the Ron Robinson party. Unfortunately, I arrived late and missed the hostess of the evening- Kimora Lee Simmons, but still had the chance to meet and greet with a couple great jewelry designers- Ms. Sally Drennon and Ms. Caitlin Crosby. Caitlin owns The Giving Keys. When she told me the heartfelt story behind the company, I knew immediately that I had to spotlight this brand. After talking with a homeless couple (Cera and Rob) in Hollywood, Caitlin’s “ah-ha” moment hit her and she commissioned them to engrave the keys with inspirational words and ship out the product. From then on, abiding by her motto of PAYING IT FORWARD, she has employed the homeless in hopes of getting them off the streets and have a chance at a better life. The purpose of the key necklace is you wear until you see someone who you feel needs what the word says on the key (such as strength, passion, create…) and you give it to them (PAYING IT FORWARD).
I also had the chance to meet Sally Drennon of Drennon Design Jewelry. She is the sweetest lady who is an interior designer as well as makes stunning statement jewelry. She is self-taught and puts so much passion into her work. From what I noticed when looking at her collection, was that the skull pieces, the tassel pieces and the leather cuffs were the “it” pieces. My personal faves were the crystal tassel necklaces. I also met her partner, Hector- who does most of the metal casting. Drennon Design Jewelry is available at Ron Robinson and you can also check out her interior design website here. The entire event at the store was awesome and since it was my first time there, it was also quite overwhelming….Too many goodies! I saw a bracelet collection totally made from orthodontic materials in a variety of color patterns, called Bracedlets. Jeffrey Sebelia’s kids collection was showcased and I saw a little mini Gucci purse for tots. Another highlight of the event was the showing of photographer Patrick Hoelck‘s tees in collaboration with celebrity-cult brand Dirtee Hollywood. Some of the images from Patrick’s private collection were printed on the special-edition FNO tees. These are not your mother’s tees, but they are edgy and fun.

It was such a fun night and I’d like to thank Shana, the bloggers, the staff at the Guilt City booth, Krystal and the staff from The Peninsula Beverly Hills Spa, Charles-VP of Marketing for Luxe, Luxe Rodeo Drive for the amazing setup and friendly staff, Yanell from the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, the ladies from The Pollack PR Marketing Group, Karen and Colleen from Ron Robinson, Caitlin Crosby for your generosity, Sally and Hector, the staff at Ron Robinson. For more information on Rodeo Drive FNO, go here.

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