Friday, April 11, 2008

2008 Beverly Hills Film Festival

Style On The Carpet!
By Veronica Viljoen

Beverly Hills, California is known around the world for Rodeo Drive, the ritzy zip code, 90210 and home to the world’s richest A-List Celebrities. With those facts in mind, I decided to attend the 2008 Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF), Opening Night, Red Carpet Arrivals, World Premiere of “Thunder Man: The Don Aronow Story” featuring Andy Garcia and West Coast Premiere of “Hole In The Paper Sky” starring Jessica Biel, in review of the fashions that made it down the carpet.

Celebrities in attendance included: Danny DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman (both have cameos in BHFF official selection “Cat Dragged In”), Joe Anderson (“The Ruins,” “Across the Universe”), Phil Stern (legendary photographer & BHFF 2008 Living Legends Award Recipient), Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (UFC World Champ, BHFF official selection “Bad Guys”), Eric Roberts (BHFF official selection “The Cookie Thief”), Lyn Shaye (BHFF official selection “The Election,” “Snakes on a Plane”), U.K. socialite Kirsten Lea; actor Jake Busey, and the cast of “The Art of Travel,” including Christopher Masterson, James Duval, Danny Masterson and Johnny Messner; as well as internationally renowned DJ/Actress, Natasha Nova.

Producer/writer of "Cat Dragged In" Polly Walter with her godparents, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito and her father (actor) Tracey Walter. (L) Danny Masterson, (R) BHFF Founder, Nino SimoneThe fashions on the carpet were stylish, easy to the skin and elegant in style selection. Brights, pastels, solids to the traditional black and white were the run of the mill on the carpet. As a flirty option, Actress, Natasha Nova comes to mind in her free flowing, navy baby doll inspired dress she wore to the event.

(L) Stylist, Olga Banar &
(R) DJ, Natasha Nova

Viljoen: “Who are you wearing?”
Nova: “This dress is by Los Angeles, Designer, Petro Zillia that was selected for me, compliments from Kin Boutique”.
The selection by Nova’s stylist regarding the Petro Zillia design, made her sexy, young and so Hollwood for the carpet. Thumbs up!

On the other hand, Actor, Eric Braeden, best known as Victor Newman, The Young And The Restless, went for the timeless, classic feel in his style selection of a black color palette worn alongside a pair of jeans.

Viljoen: “Did you have a Stylist assist you in your outfit for this evening?”
Braeden: “Oh no, I just went to my wardrobe and then decided what I wanted to wear”.

Eric Braeden

Viljoen: “Who are you here with this evening”

Braeden: “I came with my son, Christian and his girlfriend”.
In my opinion, Newman looked good; he was dressed for the evening, so much of it seemed as though he was still in character as Victor Newman. It was a pleasure interviewing him on the carpet.

More styles on the carpet: Danny De Vito, signature black framed eyeglasses

Kirsten Lea–romantic, pink dress with Joe Anderson

Alexandra Fulton – in vintage, nectarine dress

(L) Actor, Jake Busey, (R) Writer/Director, David Krae in classic black

Heather L Burgett, BHFF Publicist, 4th from L, casual chic in California style-jewelry by L'Petri Designs L - R: Jenna Megan Casavant; Elvira Petrikovetz/L'Petri Designs; & Amy Cheryl/Fitness Expert/creator of Flexxation

The closing ceremony to the Beverly Hills Film Festival Living Legends Award will be presented to legendary photojournalist and Hollywood photographer Phil Stern by producer/director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour” franchise) at the Awards Gala on Sunday, April 13th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Stern walked the red carpet on Opening Night for the first time in his 88 years, accompanied by past BHFF award-winning filmmaker Hector Cruz Sandoval (“Kordavision”). The filmmakers are currently in production on a documentary about Stern’s life titled, “Hollywood Big Shot.” It’s a Wrap, V.


Other images:
Danny De Vito/Glenn Francis


2008 Beverly Hills Film Festival


Heather B. said...

Thanks you for such wonderful coverage of our Opening Night. You were a pleasure to work with!
Thank you,
Heather Burgett, HLB PR

Veronica said...

back @ u - it was a pleasure been at your event - been placed alongside Life & Style, US Weekly, In Touch Magazine and People just to name a few of the press names at your event -

till next time, V.