"I have to get back to the roulette table," was her only answer to my request to search her headgear for robins' eggs.
BARAJAS, a big, gregarious man who moved to L.A. in 1990 from Caracas, where he sold suits for a living, has built a reputation as one of L.A.'s more interesting party throwers and devoted decadents. The parties at his mansion, a Spanish Colonial in Beachwood Canyon, are well known. They are also, like the mansion parties of old, hard to get invited to. So as Flaunt, which he started in 1997, has gained a following -- in no small part due to the parties -- Barajas has had to outsource.
"As you grow your business you're going to associate more and more with people you work with," Barajas, who speaks as a social macher should, with devilish laughter and profane asides, said of the corporate presence. "But I hate logos and throwing it in people's face."
Thinking about this for a moment, he added, "At Oscar time you have to, of course."
He found the Flaunt house, a Palladian knockoff on a hilltop near Mulholland Drive, through Sunset Locations, a film and TV locations firm that has broken into the booming Mansion McParty rental market. They also handled the Soho House and W houses. Sunset would not say how much the Flaunt house cost, but they did say it was at the high end of their property "library," which ranges from $5,000 to $35,000 per day.