Cute brunette girl invites people to sample the hors d'oeuvres at the Tastemakers “Class of 2008” public exhibition, spearheaded by style-guru Laurie Pike. Exhibit (of fashion, art, jewelry, home design, music, graphic design, etc.) runs through March 30th at Hollywood Plaza at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Offering a vodka martini concoction.

This was Machine Project's contribution to the evening. A large wooden box made of plywood with a small hole on top. You look in the hole and see a live feed projection of happenings within the gallery, located in Echo Park. People didn't know what to make of it. They were sitting on it and seemed to think it was a stage of some sort. There were traces of blood on the plywood by evening's end. This news made Machine Project's founder Mark Allen very happy.

A strange metal chair designed by John Brady and Willard Ford of Fordbrady. One woman said it didn't look comfortable. I suggested a pillow might make it so.

Christopher Beroiz on the left, ballroom dance legend and co-creator of the Gay Ballroom Dance series of classes in West Hollywood.

All photos by Gendy Alimurung. More after the jump.

A delicious treat. Mark Allen of Machine Gallery said, “What IS that? It looks like bird poop with a piece of parsley and cheese on it.” It wasn't, however. It was actually quite tasty.

Guests at the Tastemakers party.

Douglas Little of D.L.& Co., master of all things decadent, delectable and modern Victorian. The fountain was filled with perfume. You dip a handkerchief into it to experience the scent. Read the LA Weekly's article on Douglas Little here.

The little black dress reimagined by Elena Manderdini of Atelier Manferdini.

A hand in a jar wearing jewelry designed by Melissa McClure of Jewelry Alchemy. The setting was gorgeous with all manner of old fashioned, vaguely science lab-style jars to hold the necklaces, rings, bracelets, etc.

Invitation designs by Marc Friedland. Attendees were invited to write cards, slip them into envelopes, seal the envelopes with these little stamps and place them into a mailbox.

Also see our photo gallery for more from the exhibit.

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