PS Arts Bag Lunch With Kristin Davis Beth Behrs Becki Newton

Super Stylists Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos Host PS Arts Bag Lunch with Kristin Davis, Beth Behrs, Becki Newton, Lisa Rinna and Others 


Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls” purchased a handbag within minutes of arriving at the May 23 “Bag Lunch” with her pal, actress Nneka Okafor.

“I’m definitely going to buy this. It’s a perfect everyday bag,” Behrs said, cheerfully exercising the “buy it now” option for the Brahmin-brand classic at the mammoth silent handbag auction. “I saw someone wearing this at another event and I’ve wanted it ever since.”

More than 200 designer handbags filled the rooms and spilled onto the back patio of the spectacular Beverly Hills home of Shanna and Jon Brooks, previously owned and redesigned by Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. And by the time the last bids were in, nearly $200,000 was raised for P.S. Arts, which brings arts education to underserved public schools.

Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City,” an event co-host, said she’s been a host since the event began nine years ago. “So I have a lot of bags,” she said. “I think of them as my P.S. Arts collection.” (By day’s end, she added to her stockpile-for-a-good-cause with a Chanel purse.)

Instead of the usual brown paper, the bags containing the luncheon fare came in crisp white shopping bags from Dior. Yet, as some guests learned, it didn’t pay to linger over sandwiches or salads.

“Every time time I fall in love with something, and then do another lap around the tables to see if there’s anything else I want, I come back and find the original bag is not there anymore,” said Becki Newton of “How I Met Your Mother.”

Still, Newton had no complaints. In describing the ambiance, she used the word “beautiful” three times in one sentence, but then plenty of people shared her opinion. “This is the most exciting, beautiful place I’ve ever seen,” she said. “You walk up a beautiful hill and are met with this beautiful house, fountains, drinks and bags everywhere – I might be in heaven.”

Shanna Brooks said that actor Frederick March first built the house in the 1933. More recently, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston owned the home, with Annenbergs and Ziffrins the homeowners in between.  Brooks said she offered to host the affair because, “Arts is one of the most important things we can give to our children.”

Pam Bergman, board chair of P.S. Arts, complimented this year’s handbag selection, too. “Our inventory this year is fun, wide-ranging and different. Everything is going really quickly.”

Super-stylists Elizabeth Stewart and George Kotsiopoulos co-chaired the event, and so, we couldn’t help but ask Kotsiopoulos, a panelist on the “Fashion Police,” his opinion of the luncheon attire.

“The ladies look great,” he said. “I see a very summery, very springtime look here, lots of prints, lots of florals. The ladies here get dressed up. They make the effort and I approve of anyone who does that.”


Guests also included Lisa Rinna of “Soap Talk,” Shiri Appleby of “Roswell,” Marisol Nichols of “Felon” and Amanda Righetti of “The Mentalist” with more event hosts including Cristina Ehrlich, Jen Rade, Glynis Costin and Dianne Vavra of Dior Beauty, sponsor of the event. 

More committee members were Maria Bell, Carla Sands, Julia Sorkin, Carolyn Powers, Christina Weller, Marilyn Heston, Kelly Fisher Katz, Leslie McMorrow, Jill Eisenstadt, Quinn Ezralow, Susan Campos and Susie Krevoy.  Among others present were Sally Perrin, Kori Schillereff, Julie Block, Deborah Kaplan Meyer, Heather Taylor, Vanessa Bryant, Kelly Styne, Liane Weintraub, Sutton Stracke, Colleen Bell, Barbra Costantin, Judy Chang, Wanda McDaniel, Allie Ruddy, Christine Vazylevsky, Eugene Sadovoy, Marcy Kaplan-Gold, April Mun, artist Kimberly Brooks, chef Suzanne Goin and designer Magda Berliner.

Handbags came from top designers, including Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford, Valentino, Versace, Givenchy, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Barbara Bui, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi, Juicy Couture, LeSport Sac, Kara Ross, Judith Leiber, Kelly Wearstler and others.



Top photo: Actors Nneka Okafor, left, and Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls” at PS Arts Bag Lunch

Second photo: Host Kristin Davis of “Sex and the City” at the PS Arts Bag Lunch

Third photo: Pam Bergman, board chair of PS Arts, left, with stylist Elizabeth Stewart, an event co-chair at the PS Arts Bag Lunch With Kristin Davis Beth Behrs Becki Newton

Fourth photo: Stylist George Kotsiopoulos, left, an event chair, with Maria Bell, present of the PS Arts board, at the PS Arts Bag Lunch With Kristin Davis Beth Behrs Becki Newton

Fith photo: Lisa Rinna of “Soap Talk” shows off her auction pick (photo: Donato Sardella/ WireImage)

Sixth photo: Becki Newton of “How I Met Your Mother” at the PS Arts Bag Lunch



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PS Arts Bag Lunch With Kristin Davis Beth Behrs Becki Newton

Published May 24, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA