Glamorous goodie bags, complimentary spa services and tete-a-tete designer fittings are an important part of Oscar week.Glamorous goodie bags, complimentary spa services and tete-a-tete designer fittings are as much a part of Oscar week as Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg's preawards lawn picnic and Vanity Fair magazine's postawards bash at Morton's. Although the six-figure gift baskets bestowed upon Oscar presenters by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are now a bygone tradition -- a result of the IRS' swag crackdown -- the fashion- and beauty-company-sponsored suites and collection previews continue, offering congratulatory pampering and pre-Oscar prepping for Hollywood's elite. And beyond the deep-tissue massages and diamond-encrusted flattening irons, there often is a charitable tie-in that takes the edge off of accusations of suites' empty-calorie sugar high. We've pawed through Oscar's candy bowl and highlighted some of the most savory suites on next week's preshow menu.
Monday through Feb. 24 at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Hollywood VIPs
A la carte: The Swiss jewelry company is flying in its boisterous cocktail rings, drop earrings dripping in diamonds and other creations from around the globe, setting the week's red-carpet tone as guests peruse the stunning designs.
Suite nothings: Fawaz Gruosi, founder of de Grisogono, will host a private cocktail party Feb. 23 at Soho House Los Angeles.
Diamond Information Center's Celestial -- A Diamond Affair 2007
Monday through Feb. 22 at Soho House Los Angeles, Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Oscar nominees and presenters
A la carte: An Africa-inspired retreat including spiritual enlightenment via a traditional African healer and mineral massages -- except that the usual hot stones and Dead Sea salts have been tossed out and replaced by diamonds.
Suite nothings: An elaborate private diamond collection will be on display for guests to admire. A day at the spa with diamonds -- need we say more?
Thursday through Feb. 23 at Frederic Fekkai
Beverly Hills Salon & Boutique
Parting the velvet ropes for: Hollywood It Girls
A la carte: Celebrity coif guru Frederic Fekkai and his beauty crew will offer blowouts, while legendary makeup artist Laura Mercier will prep guests' visages for the flashing bulbs of the red carpet.
Suite nothings: Fekkai collaborated with jeweler H.Stern to design diamond hair accessories for last year's red-carpet darlings, including Jessica Alba, who wore a $13,000 comb to the Oscars.
Tuesday through Feb. 25 at the Peninsula Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Oscar nominees and presenters
A la carte: Jimmy Choo founder and president Tamara Mellon and creative director Sandra Choi will meet with celebrity stylists to design one-of-a-kind strappy stilettos for clients to sport while skipping down the red carpet come Oscar night.
Suite nothings: Jimmy Choo's shoes put a spring in the step of Oscar darlings including Hilary Swank and Charlize Theron at last year's awards ceremony.
Melanie Segal's Platinum Hollywood Luxury Suite
Feb. 23-24 at the Hyatt
Parting the velvet ropes for: Celebrities and VIPs
A la carte: Sprinklings of diamond dust will put the finishing touches on attendees' sleekly styled locks, while a chocolate sommelier will dole out Hershey's advice.
Beneficiary: Overloaded guests can donate gifted items to Save-Darfur.org when exiting the event.
Suite nothings: During the suite, a security detail will usher a $1 million diamond-encrusted Farouk Systems Chi flatiron from mane to mane before it's auctioned off to benefit the victims of blood diamonds.
Monday through Feb. 23 at Soho House Los Angeles, Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Appointment-holding Anglophiles
A la carte: Seen slung over the shoulders of London's It Girls, the understated leather totes, cult clutches and the rest of the 2007 collections from the coveted English label will be on view.
Suite nothings: Rumblings of the British invasion of the luxury-goods company began in Los Angeles in December with the opening of a Mulberry boutique on Melrose Place.
The Silver Spoon Penthouse
Wednesday-Thursday at the Beverly Wilshire
Parting the velvet ropes for: Hollywood VIPs who've called ahead
A la carte: Upon taking in the view from the penthouse's wraparound balcony, guests can keep the late-February breeze at bay with luxe Magaschoni cashmere, while a display of House of Taylor jewelry will get them in the red-carpet mood.
Beneficiary: Guests are encouraged to donate to Environmental Media in support of conservation of the environment.
Suite nothings: Now that the official Academy Awards goodie bag has been emptied for good, the Silver Spoon is inching closer to becoming the unofficial Kriss Kringle of awards season.
Simmons Jewelry Co.
Wednesday at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Hollywood VIPs, some Oscar nominees and others on Russell Simmons' guest list
A la carte: Hip-hop mogul and designer Simmons is hosting an invitation-only tea party to toast select pieces from Simmons Jewelry Co.'s Green Initiative jewelry line.
Suite nothings: Go green -- 25% of net profits from the Green Initiative line is given back to communities in Africa.
Tuesday through Feb. 25 at the Sofitel Los Angeles
Parting the velvet ropes for: Celebrities who've been penciled in
A la carte: Guests will be treated to a preview of Stuart Weitzman's red-carpet-worthy pumps and pouchettes while their pouts are painted by Elizabeth Arden representatives.
Suite nothings: For Weitzman followers already double-booked with other primping appointments, the Stuart Weitzman boutique on Rodeo Drive is available for private appointments during the week.
Swarovski's Runway Rocks
Tuesday at ACE Gallery Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Celebrities with a sparkle in their eye
A la carte: Oscar-nominated costume designer Patricia Field is styling this parade of jewelry, with designs making their way down the catwalk from Cate Adair, Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen, among others.
Suite nothings: Swarovski is designing the crystal curtain for this year's Oscars stage, weighing in at 1 ton.
Wednesday through Feb. 24 at Taryn Rose Beverly Hills
Parting the velvet ropes for: Industry types
A la carte: Orthopedic-surgeon-turned-sole-whisperer Taryn Rose will debut her Red-Carpet Collection of chic yet ped-friendly heels -- not to mention handbags, which include a diamond-encrusted clutch.
Beneficiary: The company will donate Taryn Rose heels trekked down the red carpet on the soles of Oscar nominees to the Clothes Off Our Back Foundation.
Suite nothings: Your arches will thank you.