Glamour for Good: ECOLUXE Lounge Returns for 96th Academy Awards, Spotlights Animal Welfare

A night of elegance and advocacy for Debbie Durkin's 18th annual ECOLUXE Luxury Lounge, which returned for the 96th Academy Awards as Hollywood's elite support animal welfare and environmental protection.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Debbie Durkin/ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge)


In the glamorous whirlwind that defines Hollywood’s award season, the intersection of luxury, philanthropy, and environmental consciousness often finds its most dazzling expression. Ahead of this year’s 96th Academy Awards, veteran producer Debbie Durkin returned with her 18th annual ECOLUXE pre-Oscars Luxury Lounge, transforming the iconic Avalon venue into a nexus of innovation, fashion, and compassion.

This exclusive event, which took place on March 8, benefited The Wild Beauty Foundation and Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue Ranch, where both organizations showcased its commitment to environmental and animal welfare causes, in addition to several other ECOLUXE sponsors.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: Slade Smiley attends the ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Debbie Durkin/ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge )

The premiere of JEMZ SMILE, which holds itself out as “the world’s first and only chewable teeth whitening gum,” alongside the Fountain of Uth, an all-in-one beauty and recovery treatment harnessing the power of oxygen and hydrogen, underscored the event’s focus on innovative wellness solutions. These products promise to revolutionize their respective industries, offering sustainable, health-conscious alternatives to traditional beauty and wellness regimens.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: Judith Schuman, Lawrence Zarian, Gretchen Rossi and Gregory Zarian attend the ECOLUXE Oscars luxury lounge at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Debbie Durkin/ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge )

Fashion took center stage with all-day runway shows from The De La Cruz Collection, NYLA Couture, and Fayah Athletics, previewing their Spring & Summer ’24 lines. These presentations not only highlighted the latest in fashion but also emphasized the industry’s ongoing shift towards more sustainable and ethical production practices, resonating with the event’s overarching theme of eco-conscious luxury.

RevealU’s debut of the GOLDLUXE Collection, along with musical performances, artisan guitars, and an array of gourmet foods, added layers of sensory delight, showcasing the seamless blend of luxury and eco-friendliness. The event’s partnership with pet brands like SPLEASH and La’au Products K9 Skin Rescue, coupled with the presence of therapy dogs and adoptable puppies from Marley’s Mutts, underscored a commitment to animal welfare, integrating compassion for all beings into the fabric of the celebration.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Debbie Durkin/ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge )

The Wild Beauty Foundation’s involvement a non-profit partner, alongside the presence of Topanga Mindful Mustang horses, raised awareness for wild horses, highlighting the critical issue of animal conservation. Mustangs Pinzón & Marté proudly joined to represent wild horses all across this country.

In 2024, the BLM @mypubliclands plans to spend “millions of dollars” using helicopters to round up over 20,000 wild horses from the public lands. According to the Foundation, there are already 100,000 once-wild horses in government holding (horse jail) never to run again because our public lands are being cheaply leased to big business for cattle feeding.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 08: Ashley Avis and Edward Winters attend the ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on March 08, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Debbie Durkin/ECOLUXE Oscars Luxury Lounge)

The long-term concern, according to Wild Beauty, is that there will be no more wild horses in the United States, and we the taxpayer will still be footing the bill so rich businesses can get fatter! You can watch Ashley’s film to understand more about this and how to protect these living legends and icons of freedom for the children and generations to come. This, coupled with the nomination of “Wild Beauty – Mustang Spirit of the West” for Best Documentary Film at the 2024 Oscars, spotlighted the symbiotic relationship between Hollywood and broader social causes, championing narratives that inspire and provoke change.

Celebrity attendees, from Gretchen Rossi (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”) and Shaun Toub (Iron Man”) to Will Roberts (“Oppenheimer), stars of Netflix’s “Too Hot To Handle” Linzy Luu, “Love Island’s” Kyra Lizama and Will Moncada, MTV’s “Siesta Key” star Joe Jenkins and 2x Olympian Willie Gault brought star power to the event. Their participation underscored the entertainment industry’s newly proactive stance in promoting environmental awareness and animal welfare, hoping to lessen the gap between glamour and activism.

Durkin’s annual ECOLUXE Luxury Lounge stands as a testament to the idea that luxury and sustainability can coexist, setting a benchmark for future Red Carpet events in Hollywood. In a world where the urgency of environmental and ethical issues cannot be overstated, events like ECOLUXE shine a light on the path forward, demonstrating that the journey towards a more compassionate and sustainable future is not only possible but already underway. It just requires each and every one of us to remember that this is our world, not AI’s.