It’s the ultimate local crib-sleek, sweet and sensational. Every year, Esquire magazine sets up shop at a fab LA pad for a series of high profile events. This year’s festivities were kicked off with songbird and hot, new momma Christina Aguilera hosting a rockin’ “Rock the Vote” party. Christina definitely had her pre-baby bod back hitting the red carpet in a skimpy, black mini and black leather boots. Pals like Kim Kardashian and AJ Michalka joined in for the dazzling design ‘do which is inspired by Esquire mag’s motto, “Man at his Best.”
High in the Hollywood “Bird Streets” near Blue Jay Way, revelers wandered through the spectacular 7,500 square-foot modern marvel. With windows on the world, panoramic views of the city lights and contemporary furnishings, you felt like you were in Julius Shulman’s iconic 1950s photo “Case Study House #22,” or swinging with the Rat Pack back in the day. With a trio of elegant ladies sipping martinis on a spacious sofa in their LBDs, party-goers looked the part too. Others got in the political spirit by donning red, white and blue. Sean Scott broke out a patriotic pair of canvas shoes with a donkey on one foot and elephant on the other. “Like those?” he asked. “I added the peace and dollar signs and customized them on the way over.” Christina’s “Rock the Vote” ads played on the wide screen while computers were set up for online registration.
After pledging their patriotic duty, hipsters toured the home’s amazing spaces. The stunning $15 million abode was designed by noted architects Xorin Balbes and Paul Ashley. It features floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls which make for the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience. There’s also an 800-bottle wine cellar, splashy pool, spa and private screening room.
Even guys were drooling over the huge walk in closet where they were greeted by Glenlivit Whisky representative Richard Edwards dressed in full tilt kilt. “I’m in the closet and I’m wearing a skirt,” he said with a smile. The booze ambassador was eager to pass out glasses of 16, 18 and 25 year old whiskey. Edwards was also offering lessons in the fine art of enjoying single malts. “It’s not wine,” he note. “Just let it touch your lips like little kisses. That’s the best way to pick up the notes of orange, chocolate and vanilla.”
There were plenty of other tasty tidbits floating around, with servers passing out everything from kobe beef sliders to mac and cheese.
From Hugo Boss to Hennessy, the space is used to showcase some of the world’s most exclusive high-end brands.
Other charity events include star-studded benefits for The Hollywood Entertainment Museum, Oxfam, City of Hope and VH1’s “Save the Music.” It’s enough to keep social butterflies busy, indeed, with Esquire rocking the scene all season long.
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