Hollywood Bag Ladies for Lupus LA
Up for Sale: 350 Handbags & a Photo Shoot with the Kardashian Klan
The Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon, benefiting Lupus LA, offered hundreds of celebrity and designer handbags in a silent auction. Kevan Hall’s spectacular runway show followed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
(Check the gallery below for 20 event pictures.)
You’d think that would be enough glamour for one afternoon.Yet Sharon Stone’s stint as auctioneer alone was worth the price of admission.
Stone has to be among the world’s most talented auctioneers. Looking regal in hat and gloves, Stone called Carla Fendi’s make-up bag a “museum piece” and sold it for $3,000. Toni Braxton, the recording superstar, paid more than $4,000 for the ostrich Tiffany handbag. And although Stone didn’t end up the winner, she herself joined the bidding for a photo shoot with the Kardashian family.
“Now many people ask me when I do interviews, ‘What do I think of Kim Kardashian?” Stone said, by way of introducing the Kardashian auction package. “I’d like to tell you what I think of Kim Kardashian. I think she’s one of the smartest women I have ever seen. I think she’s one of the most intriguing businesswomen. I think she knows what time it is.”
Continuing, Stone said, “That woman makes more money per minute than, I would venture to guess, any other woman in this room. If I had an hour to spend with Kim Kardashian, I would use it wisely… Not only would I like to get my photo taken with these ladies, but I would spend that hour figuring out how they make that money – hand over f***ing fist.”
The package – which also included hair and make-up for two by the Kardashian glam team – went for $3,500.
In a side conversation before settling down to lunch, I congratulated Stone for her talent as an auctioneer, as I’d also seen her in money-raising action more than once at Macy’s annual Glamorama, which benefits HIV/AIDS charities.
“I have big ‘little’ shoes to fill,” she said, referring to that event’s founding chair, Elizabeth Taylor.
Clearly, Stone starred at the Nov. 1 Lupus LA benefit, where handbags blanketed the silent auction tables, having been donated by top brands, such as Fendi, Prada, Versace, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Chanel and others.
Although not in attendance, Natalie Portman, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kelly Osbourne and more celebrities donated handbags from their private collections. Lucky for me, I managed to snag a suede turquoise carryall pre-owned by Nikki Reed, the writer of “Thirteen” and Rosalie in “Twilight.”
As this year’s Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon marked the event’s tenth anniversary, honorees included previous recipients of the “Woman of Achievement Award.” They were Rachel Zoe, Melissa Joan Hart, Toni Braxton, Janice Arouh, Carrie Brillstein Christine Devine, Carolyn Folks, Lisa Gregorish-Dempsey, LaDoris McClaney, Marla Paxson, Nicole Paxson, Julie Van Hees-Aidner and Carol Weisman.
There to celebrate were Angie Everhart of “The Last Action Hero,” Shirley Jones of “The Partridge Family,” Kellie Martin of “Army Wives,” Charlotte Ross of “NYPD Blues,” Shari Belafonte of “Hotel,” Essence Atkins of “Half & Half,” and Lisa Ann Walter of “Bruce Almighty.”
More were LisaRaye McCoy of “The Players Club,” math book author Danica McKellar of “The Wonder Years,” Meredith Monroe of “Dawson’s Creek,” Phil Lewis of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” Marla Gibbs of “The Jeffersons,” and Arielle Kebbel of “The Uninvited.”
Dorothy Ellis, Kathy Gallagher, Michelle Kaye and Janice Wallace co-chaired the luncheon with committee members Noah Alexander, Janice Arouh, Peri Ellen Berne, Carrie Brillstein, Cara Dellaverson, Carolyn Folks, LaDoris McClaney, Sheila Milstein, Jackie Oreckinto, Adam Selkowitz, Laurie Selkowitz, Julie Tesser, Julia van Hees-Aidner, Amy Weiss and Cathy Winterstern.
Top photo: Sharon Stone takes the podium to auction off special items at the Hollywood Bag Ladies for Lupus LA (photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images For Lupus LA)
Second photo: Sharon Stone got top dollar as auctioneer at the Hollywood Bag Ladies Lupus LA (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
Third photo: Co-chair Kathy Gallagher shows off Carla Fendi’s make-up case, which went to the high-bidder at the Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon for Lupus LA (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)
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Published Nov. 1, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA