LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 7, Gwen Stefani hosted a private Harajuku-themed tea party at Royal/T to benefit Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. Guests were treated to a surprise performance by No Doubt.
200 lucky fans enjoyed a personal meet and greet with Gwen at Royal/T, Los Angeles' first-ever Japanese-style "cosplay" maid cafe and pop art space. Other special guests included her No Doubt bandmates Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young, and husband Gavin Rossdale. Gwen's former muses Love, Angel, Music and Baby were also on hand alongside Royal/T's "maid" servers. The event included a raffle featuring collectible vintage L.A.M.B. memorabilia from Gwen's own closet, Harajuku Lovers fragrance sets and other merchandise including UK-based Momiji message dolls.
Stefani said, "Meeting the fans who donated their money for Save the Children's relief effort in Japan was so inspiring. It was an incredible day filled with lots of emotion. I can't believe I had the opportunity to host an event that could actually help people. I never thought that in my life I could make a difference but through the power of music and fashion we were all brought together to help the kids in Japan. It feels amazing to give a little back to a culture that has given me so much."
"Gwen's Save the Children event was a beautiful evening. Not only could we do our small part in the effort to raise funds for those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, we got to play an extremely fun and intimate surprise live set for the very generous fans that donated a lot of money for a great cause," said No Doubt's Tony Kanal.
Following the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Gwen personally donated $1 million to Save the Children. To raise additional funds she hosted the Harajuku-themed tea party at Royal/T for 200 loyal fans and helped to raise nearly $120,000 more for the charity and their relief effort. Generous vendors who donated services for the event included UK-based Momiji, Eric Buterbaugh Flower Design, Lauren Hillary Photography, Rony's Photo Booth, Valet of the Dolls, and Classic Party Rentals. All funds will go to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. A high tea was provided by Royal/T.
Gwen Stefani and No Doubt arrive at Royal/T in Culver City, CA.
Gwen with Harajuku Girls and Royal/T's "maids"
Gwen with fans and the specially-created Momiji message dolls
Gwen with No Doubt bandmates at Royal/T in Culver City, CA.
Visuals of Royal/T and the featured merchandise in the raffle and gift bags
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(Photo credit: Photo by Lauren Hillary)
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LOS ANGELES – JUN. 7: Gwen Stefani hosts private Harajuku-themed tea party to support Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund at Royal/T in Culver City, CA.
• LOS ANGELES – JUN. 7: Gwen Stefani and No Doubt raise nearly $120,000 for Japan's "Save the Children" disaster relief fund at Royal/T in Culver City, CA.
• LOS ANGELES – JUN. 7: Gwen Stefani hand paints a Momiji message doll to raise funds for Japan's disaster relief at a private Harajuku tea party hosted at Royal/T in Culver City, CA.
Located in Culver City, Royal/T is a playful blending of cafe, concept shop, and art exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in owner Susan Hancock's art collection. Royal/T's cafe is inspired by the meido kissa (maid cafe) phenomena of Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic district. Re-contextualizing the underground culture of Japan that celebrates "cosplay" (costume play), waitresses dressed in maid uniforms with a Lolita-esque touch, while serving an amalgam of French and Japanese cuisine with local California style. The art space showcases curated exhibitions with a focus on Japanese contemporary art; and an inventive concept store emulates the collection's sophistication, a seamless merging of Japanese pop culture and high-end design. For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit www.royal-t.org. Royal/T is also on www.facebook.com/royaltcafe and www.twitter.com/royaltcafe.
Momiji are very proud to collaborate with Gwen Stefani and Royal/T for this charity event in Los Angeles. Like Gwen Stefani, Momiji has been hugely inspired by the culture, art, design and fashion of Japan. Drawing on this theme of creativity, Gwen invited Momiji to be part of the event by asking her fans to hand paint and customize a Momiji message doll. Momiji are message dolls; inside each one there's a tiny folded card for a handwritten secret message, dream or wish. The dolls will be sent to children whose lives have been affected by the earthquake, each one containing a message of love and hope from the guest who decorated it. All funds will go to Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. For more information, please visit www.lovemomiji.com. Momiji is also on www.facebook.com/momijihq and www.twitter.com/momijiHQ
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