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Décor for the Hollywood Emmy parties

By Susan Hornik

Gina Rodriguez at the 2015 Emmys styled by Joico's Paul Norton with hairshake. 

It's Emmy time again! And here's some behind the scenes news about the décor for the Hollywood Emmy parties. The Governors Ball, Sequoia Productions featured more than 45,000  shimmering Swarovski crystals  in more than 530 hand-crafted crystal strands weighing close to 450 pounds! The crystals were suspended around the room as chandelier installations which dropped 27 feet to the tables.

"It's the most elegant ball that we've produced thus far," said the  events' longtime producer Cheryl Cecchetto at the Emmy preview. 

There were about 3,500 guests at the Creative Arts Ball and nearly 4,000 for the Governors Ball sitting down for dinner catered by Patina Catering, which is said to be the largest formal sit-down dinners in the United States! 


Bravo's Padma Lakshmi getting colored by Joico's Denis Desouza for the 2015 Emmy's with Lumishine

Audi: Cecconis (in West Hollywood)

This year, event designer Tony Schubert created the Audi Emmy party in monochromatic white with custom eight feet  tall LED towers, that encompassed the entire perimeter of the outside portion of the party. "We've never done anything like this before at this party," said Schubert.

With over 500 guests, this was the first event to kick off the Emmy week of parties and celebrations and was attended by Hollywood heavy weights, celebrities, managers and agents.

Entertainment Weekly Emmy Party, Fig & Olive  (West Hollywood)

Tony Schubert's Event Eleven Productions removed the furniture and trees from the main dining room and added custom cushions and furnishings to the space.  "We also added a dynamic projection against the wall on the interior and will fill the room with hundreds of candles." The décor also featured grey sofas with brass end tables and touches of navy blue, and amber lighting. Schubert also produced the William Morris Emmy event at the Hammer Museum.

Fox Broadcasting Party, 20th Century Fox TV, FX, National Geographic Channel, Vibiana
FOX's Emmy Post Party, designed once again by event industry icon Mindy Weiss, took place at Vibiana on Sunday, September 20th. Weiss's "East Coast Meets West Coast" concept presented a sophisticated pallet of muted blues, soft greys, luxurious floral arrangements, complimentary lighting, and textured pillow patterns inspired by designer du jour, Peter Dunham. Chef Neil Frasier lent his culinary expertise and DJ Mia Moretti travelled west to give the soirée her signature New York sound, which kept the crowd dancing all night. 

2015 HBO Emmy Party:

Fountain Plaza , Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood event designed by: Billy Butchkavitz inspiration: FIRE

This is Billy's 17th consecutive HBO Emmy Party, and has been designing events for HBO since 1994. HBO's party featured a hot color palette of reds, oranges and a golden yellow and was the 13th consecutive year that the HBO Emmy Party was held at the Pacific Design Center.

A 27' high shimmering golden Flame Sculpture was the centerpiece of the party. The sculpture rested atop a 20' diameter rotating floor, and a fiery ombre-patterned custom carpet will cover the 50,000+ square feet of party space. The 25' high decorative perimeter walls were covered with flowing draperies embellished with red/orange iridescent paillette sequins and punctuated with 25' high red lacquer columns.

Los Angeles-based photographer Gabor Ekecs was commissioned to create a a dramatic FIRE photo collages for a backdrop for the 150' long HBO Emmy Party press line. A 1950s Havana style show band entertained. When the performance ended, the "Red Lacquer Lounge" opened and guests danced under the stars.

 Now if you are throwing your own party at home, be sure to check out celebrity interior designer Kathy Fielder ( "Throwing your own Hollywood  Emmy event at home requires a little Hollywood glitz and glam to make a night your guests won't soon forget. Shiny finishes such as Mercury glass, mixed metal and Venetian filigree glassware are a great start. Great wines, candlelight and fresh flowers add the finishing designer touches. It is important to note that the more things you prepare and do beforehand, the better. You want to have your guests think about how beautiful the evening was, nothing more!"

Fielder added, "Your job is to be a great host! Relax and engage with your guests-you don't get to throw a Hollywood party every day! Enjoy it! You can even make a fun game out of the awards ceremony by creating ballot boxes and giving awards for best dressed! Have some fun with it!"


I was excited to meet with Hollywood celebrity colorist, Dennis De Souza, who recently hosted a press day at the Weho Andy LeCompte Salon. if you are in need of getting your hair done, definitely check out Joico's new LumiShine™ Repair+ Permanent Crème and Demi-Permanent Liquid Color. It leaves hair 100% replenished and re-strengthened and with TWICE the shine!

"I  love everything about LumiShine - the rich color it offers and its brilliant transparency, the sweet scent that gives me the ability to elevate my clients' experience from start to finish . The shine and healthy hair I see in my clients, impresses each and every time," De Souza said.

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Denis de Souza has been educated all over the world, developing a passion for hair color and an international eye for style at a very young age. After some initial work experience in the fashion industry as a model, he decided to devote himself to coloring, starting out in one of the most prestigious salons in Los Angeles, the John Frieda salon, training with world-renowned colorist Jonathan Gale. Denis now works at the illustrious Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood and was named Celebrity Colorist and Color Spokesperson for the hair care brand, Joico.

Celebrity hot spot: The Kardashians were spotted at Natalee Thai, a delicious restaurant with great service and great food. Check out the noodle dishes like pad thai and pineapple rice!

 Fashionistas! If you are looking for a career in styling, check out the International Style Institute in partnership with Simply StylistLed by celebrity stylist, Anita Patrickson, this three day intensive styling course will feature an Allure magazine editor and other top fashion experts. Anita has dressed some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities - everyone from Emma Watson, Mirandra Kerr, Rachel Bilson, Lucy Hale and Julianne Hough just to name a few, and most recently at the Emmy's - Ariel Winter.

Great opportunity to network and learn! The International Style Institute will take place  October 2nd - 4 th  at the Grove.

Posted By Susan Hornik on September 23, 2015 01:05 pm | Permalink