Pre-Oscars Party at Hermosa Inn Features 'Edith Head'

By Lynette Carrington

Pre-Oscars Party at Hermosa Inn Features 'Edith Head'

Pre-Oscars Party at Hermosa Inn Features 'Edith Head' and Vintage Fashion by Robert Black

Photos by Debby Wolvos of DW Photography

Each year, Hermosa Inn hosts a beautiful dinner party that celebrates Oscar season with a touch of fashion, whimsy and elegance. This year’s annual pre-Oscars party had a wonderful theme of a “Touch of Grace.” Grace Kelly, that is! was honored to take part in the fun event.

Guests were entertained and treated to a fashion show by Robert Black, Founder of the international model and talent agency, Ford Robert Black Agency, and owner of Fashion by Robert Black in Scottsdale. The fashion show for the evening featured vintage fashions inspired by the elegant and classic looks that the Oscar-winning actress-turned-princess, Grace Kelly brought to life on the big screen in films such as “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” “The Country Girl,” “High Society,” and “To Catch a Thief.”

The evening was hosted by Black and actress Susan Claassen, performing in-character as 8-time Oscar winning costume designer, Edith Head. Head was the most prolific costume designer in Hollywood working in movies from 1925-1982. Her costume designs can be seen in more than 400 films including “A Place in the Sun,” “Roman Holiday,” “Sabrina,” “Samson and Delilah,” “The Sting,” and her final film was the Steve Martin flick, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.” As Edith Head, Claassen remained completely in character and provided a running narrative of the Grace Kelly-inspired vintage fashion show. “Head’s” Hollywood knowledge was exceptional, and she even had a fantastic photo scrapbook that she shared at the tables outlining her career in costume design.

In addition to the fashion show, LON’S at Hermosa Inn’s Executive Chef, Jeremy Pacheco orchestrated an Oscar-caliber dinner for our group. To kick things off, we had a shrimp and crab “Louie” salad with gem lettuce, hearts of palm, blackstone dressing and a mini quail egg for a tasty Sonoran accent. Next was an outstanding French onion bisque topped with a parmesan tuile. The delicate flavor combined with the rich texture set the stage for the entrée – braised beef shortrib stroganoff and Tristan lobster over egg noodles with asparagus, crème fraiche and blue oyster mushrooms. Finally, dessert was a fun throwback – baked Alaska! It’s been years since I had it and LON’s version was outstanding.

Ongoing events at Hermosa Inn are always special and often include a variety of local, regional and global personalities offering their unique insights, expertise and experiences. Visit online for a list of upcoming events.

About The Hermosa Inn, LON’S & LON’S Last Drop - #UnmistakablyArizona

Ranked among the top hotels in the Southwest, the AAA Four Diamond Hermosa Inn is a jewel of a hideaway surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley, and minutes from Scottsdale and its many attractions. Handcrafted in the 1930's by cowboy artist Lon Megargee as his residence and art studio, the Inn’s adobe architecture has maintained its “authentic Arizona” character and charm. The 43 new and newly renovated guest casitas are nestled in a garden setting with breathtaking vistas of the lush desert and Camelback Mountain. Accommodations reflect the southwestern design of the original Casa Hermosa (beautiful house) and most include deep soaking tubs, beehive fireplaces and private patios.

The culinary centerpiece is LON’s at the Hermosa, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant serving globally inspired Arizona fare. A recipient of Wine Spectator's 'Best of Award of Excellence', the restaurant is complemented by a subterranean wine cellar, a celebrated outdoor dining patio, and its bar and casual dining counterpart LON’s Last Drop, named after one of Megargee’s iconic paintings, many of which are displayed throughout the resort. For more information, visit or call 602-955-8614. To become a fan, visit on Facebook at www.facebook/HermosaInn, follow on Twitter at or share with on Instagram at The Hermosa Inn is located at 5532 Palo Christi Road, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253.