Friday, February 20, 2009

Sir Elton's "Room 23" Portrait


The rooms at the Peninsula Hotel aren’t exactly haunted with legendary tales of debauchery or wild celebrity parties, but "Room 23," a coffee table book featuring a long list of celebrities intimately photographed behind the closed doors of a room in the hotel, gives a tiny glimpse of what the scene might be if such stories did exist.

Shot by L.A.-based photographer Deborah Jenkins and produced by socialite/entrepreneur Diana Jenkins, the book snaps such celebs as George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Donald Sutherland lounging in a room at the Peninsula. Some images are mild and straightforward, black and white candids, others are provocative, suggestive and sexually overt images of some of your favorite stars.

Jenkins hosted a launch party for the book at the Peninsula ballroom Tuesday night and the celebrity turnout was no less impressive than the ones who fill the pages of "Room 23." Sir Elton John, David Furnish, Cindy Crawford, Lindsay Lohan, Cheryl Tiegs, Larry King and Anthony Kiedis all came out to support Jenkins, a mutual friend and the reason most of them agreed to take part in the book. Proceeds from the sale of the book will support programs at the Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on International Justice and the Irnis Catic Foundation.

The eclectic crowd made people-watching feel like sport. There was '80s MTV veejay Downtown Julie Brown holding a dance party reminiscent of “The Grind,” Sir Elton John and David Furnish greeting Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic, and perennial party-goer Lindsay Lohan making her way through the crowd to say hello to Jenkins.

Guests dined on upscale comfort food like black truffle mac 'n cheese, French fries, quesadillas and mini cheeseburgers, and washed it down with Jenkins’ new line of nutritional supplement drinks called Neuro Brand, which address everything from mood enhancement to sexual performance. Hopefully Jenkins has one for hangovers in the works.

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