Architectural Digest Toasts La Cienega Design Quarter at Legends Tribute Party

12:26 PM PST 05/09/2014 by Tess Eyrich
Courtesy of Architectural Digest/Alex Berliner
Michael Smith and Margaret Russell

Celebrity interior designer Michael S. Smith and antiques doyen Lee Stanton joined Architectural Digest's Margaret Russell to toast the country’s top tastemakers at West Hollywood's Jasper Showroom Thursday night.

The sixth edition of the La Cienega Design Quarter’s Legends event continued Thursday evening with the invitation-only Tribute Party hosted by Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, and held at Jasper Showroom in West Hollywood. The soiree was the perfect ending to the second day of the annual design extravaganza, which kicked off Wednesday and wraps up Friday.

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The Melrose Avenue showroom space owned by event co-host Michael S. Smith, interior designer of the White House since the start of Barack Obama’s tenure in 2008, was transformed into a romantic, crystal-bedecked retreat for a slew of boldfaced names representing the very best of the architecture, design and home decor fields. Also included in the mix was fellow co-host Lee Stanton, whose treasure trove of 17th to 19th-century antiques is considered a cornerstone of the eclectic design district.

Attendees snacked on canapes and enjoyed complimentary wine, cocktails and entertainment from celebrity DJ Sandra Luesse. Host Russell remained on hand throughout the evening, graciously posing for professional photos and Instagram shots with admirers. Camera flashes grew increasingly common throughout the evening, in fact, as more and more party guests pulled full-size tablets from bags to capture both the general scene and individual pieces from Smith’s line (a wall sconce here, a brushed pendant there).

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For many, the party came at the tail end of an action-packed day that saw editorial powerhouses from some of the country’s top shelter magazine wax poetic on classic and contemporary design: Elle Decor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro hosted an exclusive Power Lunch, Architectural Digest’s West coast editor Mayer Rus contemplated the concept of glamour before a packed house at The Rug Company and Traditional Home editor Tori Mellott led a design crawl to highlight the area’s best-kept secrets with the help of designers Jane Hallworth and Malcom James Kutner. The afternoon concluded with a cocktail reception at Rose Tarlow Melrose House in celebration of the nation’s newest shelter magazine, Milieu, the brainchild of Houston-based interior designer Pamela Pierce.

The festivities extend through Friday with a string of keynotes, social gatherings and other events. The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard culture editor Degen Pener will discuss public spaces within a private domain in Hollywood with designers Natasha Baradaran, Trip Haenisch and Scott MithcellAlison Clare Steingold, C Magazine and C Home’s design editor, will explore the complex interplay between social media and design at Lee Stanton Antiques with interior designers Todd Nickey and David John Dick; author and designer Hutton Wilkinson will discuss the enduring impact of the legendary Elsie de Wolfe, widely regarded as the first interior decorator, at Remains Lighting; and Mat Sanders, editorial director of Domaine, will lead a conversation with actress Sophia Bush and designers Estee Stanley and Mark D. Sikes about using the Internet to build a brand. Veranda editor-in-chief Clinton Smith, meanwhile, will host both an alfresco luncheon and the event’s official Finale Party.

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Associated exhibitions also remain open through this evening, and include a trunk show of rare and out-of-print art, design, fashion, travel and photography books offered through West Hollywood’s Nick Harvill Libraries (highlight: a signed copy of D.V., the autobiography of Vogue empress Diana Vreeland) at MK Collection and Gallery GO’s showing of celebrity photographer Timothy White’s intimate portraits of Hollywood heavy-hitters ranging from Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn to Jack Nicholson and James Gandolfini.

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