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This week in Los Angeles was out of this world—literally. The biggest and brightest moment belonged not only to top athletes at the ESPYS, but to former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who celebrated the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing with the most fabulous soiree of the week, presented by Omega. Without further ado, here is our roundup of the hautest happenings of the week.
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OMEGA AND BUZZ ALDRIN CELEBRATE THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING
Buzz Aldrin was the guest of honor at Omega‘s chic soiree celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The evening also commemorated the history of the original, and now iconic, Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch,” which Aldrin wore on his spacesuit when he was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. To commemorate the occasion, Omega also launched its Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch.
HANS ZIMMER HONORED AT GALA
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American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra honored composer Hans Zimmer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic performed a program of legendary film score favorites composed by Mr. Zimmer. Remarks were made by Event Chairs Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem, as well as actor Armie Hammer, honoring the music legend. Zimmer’s A-list pals including George Lucas, Kelsey Grammar, Edythe and Eli Broad, Barbara Davis, Frank Gehry and Amy Pascal all turned up in support of Zimmer at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday evening.
LARRY ELLISON’S LANAI DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS PLANS FOR ITS INAUGURAL EVENT
The Lanai Documentary Film Festival (Lanai DFF), established by Oracle chief Larry Ellison, unveiled the theme for its inaugural film festival. “Governance for Africa” will be the theme of its first annual festival, which will take place on the Hawaiian island in February 2016. Each year the festival will choose a new theme focused on an urgent global issue. The festival will showcase paradigm-shifting, conversation-starting short and feature-length documentaries in five supporting categories: women’s rights, education in developing countries, animal welfare, innovation in sustainability, and technology accelerates economics. Films in the various supporting categories may address issues and stories from anywhere in the world. The objective is for the films to educate, empower, and inspire individuals and communities to go out into the world and make real change—an attainable goal given Lanai DFF’s unique, year-round festival structure.
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BEST OF THE REST
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RUSSELL WESTBROOK HOSTS ZENITH COCKTAIL PARTY After winning an ESPY award for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year, Russell Westbrook headed to Westime Sunset to host an intimate cocktail party presented by Haute Living, Westime, and Zenith; the Thunder point guard is a brand ambassador for Zenith. The event was attended by Haute Living publisher Kamal Hotchandani, Aldo Magada of Zenith and Westime president Greg Simonian.
LOS ANGELES HOSTS THE 2014 ESPY AWARDS The top athletes in the world headed to L.A.this week to be honored at the ESPYS, an awards ceremony presented by the cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year. This year’s big winners included: Richard Sherman, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, Peyton Manning, Chris Davis, Ronda Rousey, Kevin Durant, the Seattle Seahawks, Jamie Anderson, Sidney Crosby, Miguel Cabrera, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Bubba Watson, Russell Westbrook and Floyd Mayweather.
THE WORLD CUP WINNING TEAM GERMANY TO RECEIVE GOLD-PLATED HEADPHONES FROM BEATS BY DRE Beats by Dre will be gifting the World Cup winning German team and its manager each with an individual pair of headphones dipped in 24 carat gold in celebration of their victory. Even sweeter, supermodel Naomi Campbell appears in the ad campaign for the luxe new items.