PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013

Kristin Davis, Minnie Driver, Lisa Kudrow Join Stylists Elizabeth Stewart & George Kotsiopoulos to Buy Bags & Raise Big Bucks for Arts Education



Handbags outnumbered guests 240 to 200 at the May 30 PS Arts Bag Lunch, affording a better-than-ever opportunity for snagging the latest styles from top-name designers, all available in a silent auction.

Rather than take a chance on getting overbid, luncheon co-host Kristin Davis chose the “buy it now” option for a Givenchy item. Looking smart in a Dolce & Gabbana sundress, the “Sex & the City” star said she’d rather pay more than take chances, as she’s learned her lesson from previous years. 

This time, Davis selected the snazzy beige shoulder bag because – aside from its good looks – it felt comfortable on her shoulder. (Clearly Davis is as practical in real life as her alter-ego Charlotte on the show.) 

“It’s a wonderful way to buy bags and give to a great cause,” Davis said of the Bag Lunch for PS Arts, which benefited from 100% of the proceeds. This year, more than $150,000 was raised to improve children’s lives through arts education.

Lisa Kudrow of “Friends” showed off her John Varvatos purchase, while admitting she’s not a “bag person.” Kudrow said she’s carried around the same Il Bisone feed bag for years with the same evening bag inside, which she uses as a wallet on a daily basis.

And when Kudrow took out the black leather envelope to demonstrate, it was apparent she had a great idea. Clearly this luncheon was filled with practical people.

For those who shopped, there were shoulder bags, oversize totes, envelopes, evening purses, messengers, sachels and other styles filling the rooms of Meredith Kaplan’s spectacular Holmby Hills home. Kaplan – who is about to open “Gratus,” a multi-label boutique in Beverly Hills – teamed up with stylists Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos to co-host the event.

“The bags are better than ever this year,” said Stewart. “That’s what’s so great about fashion – each year the fashions change, and each year the bags get better.”

That wasn’t mere talk either. This year’s haul included bags by Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Chloe, Givenchy, Celine, Blumarine, Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Gucci, Hogan, Paco Rabanne, Giorgio Armani, Kate Spade, Thomas Wylde, Derek Lam, Judith Leiber, Bruno Magli, Swarovski and more.

Better yet, each bag came stuffed with beauty products from such labels as Dior Beauty, Urban Decay, Smashbox, Armani, Lancer Skincare and 3Lab. 

Now in its tenth year, the event also offered lunch in brown bags to a chic assembly of guests devoted to the cause, and more resolute than ever, as arts education continues to disappear from schools.

Never mind that Minnie Driver was dashing to leave when we caught up with her. She said she was passionate about the cause and so, stayed to talk about the importance of the arts.

“It makes me crazy,” Driver said, “that people think art is somehow the dessert and reading, writing and arithmetic is the main course.” She said the arts inspire creative thinking, and that’s a trait of importance in every field.  

Creative herself, Driver said she’s now planning to release an album, “Ask Me to Dance.” She then vanished, but not before leaving a bid on a Givenchy handbag. 

Here’s hoping Driver had luck with her silent bid.  

More stylists on the committee were Arianne Phillips, Jen Rade and Cristina Ehrlich. Host committee members were Maria Bell, Pam Bergman, Kristen Buckingham, Susan Campos, Jill Eisenstadt, Quinn Ezralow, Marilyn Heston, Kelly Fisher Katz, Susie Krevoy, Allison Oleskey, Carolyn Powers, Marlien Rentmeester, Tawny Sanders, Carla Sands, Julia Sorkin and Christine Weller.  

More guests were actors Shiri Appleby of “Girls,” Perrey Reeves of “Entourage,” Katie Lowes of “Transformers” Charlotte Ross of “NYPD Blue,” Amanda Righetti of “The Mentalist,” Aimee Garcia of “Dexter,” Shiri Appleby of “Girls” and Amy Rosoff of “Elektra Luxx,” plus Christine Chiu, Amber Sakai, Anne Crawford, Jenny Belushi, Jodi Guber, Crystal Lourd, Sutton Stracke, Colleen Bell, Angela Janklow, Kelly Styne, Lindsay Berger Sacks, Christine Moon, Mikela Swanson, Kristin Fernandez, Dani Lancer and Blair Lancer, among others.


Top Photo: From left, event co-hosts George Kotsiopoulos, Kristin Davis and Elizabeth Stewart at the PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013 (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage, courtesy of PS Arts)  

Second Photo: Minnie Driver, left, and Lisa Kudrow, right, at the PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013 (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage, courtesy of PS Arts)  PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013

Third Photo: Meredith Kaplan, second from left, welcomes PS Arts supporters to her home, including Christine Moon, left, and Mikela Swanson and Kristin Fernandez, right (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage, courtesy of PS Arts)  PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013 

Fourth Photo: Sabrina Bell and her mom, Maria Bell, president-at-large of PS Arts at the PS Arts Bag Lunch 2013 (photo: Stefanie Keenan/ WireImage, courtesy of PS Arts)

(Check back later for more pictures of party-goers)



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Published June 1, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA