Party Reports

Leather meets the lace of Carmen Electra, Roselyn Sanchez and Catherine Bell

Carmen Electra, Roselyn Sanchez and Catherine Bell were definitely the hostesses with the mostest at the Leather & Laces party Friday night at Galleria Corporate Centre. All three women were gracious, beautiful and showed just what a proper celebrity should act like.

Mark C. Austin

Carmen Electra will be rooting for the Patriots on Sunday. She co-hosted Leather & Laces with Catherine Bell, left, and Roselyn Sanchez. Watch a slideshow from the red carpet.

Unlike other parties, the red carpet walk was inside, much to the relief of celebrities and press alike, who didn't have to bear chilly temperatures. Of course, there was no actual red carpet, but that didn't stop the chorus of flashes from popping as each bold-faced name was announced. As expected, there were some of the usual party suspects. American Gladiator Wolf howled his way in, mellowing out during interviews. The National Football League was well-represented by a string of linemen who seemed surprised to be in the midst of the media frenzy.

The arrival of Sanchez in a long, flowing gown reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez' revealing Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys, sparked the attention of fans and reporters. Soft waves framed her face as she floated down the press line, all smiles.

Bell arrived in a simple, short black sheath dress, accented by colorful heels, just minutes after Sanchez. Her longer locks were a pleasant departure from the style she sported during her years on JAG.

"I started growing my hair out the last season of JAG. I was so tired of having short hair. I love that it is long again," Bell said of her shoulder-length hair. "Plus I love that I get to go glam for fun parties like this."

Mark C. Austin

We're diggin' the new 'do, Catherine Bell. Watch a slideshow from the red carpet.

Despite the Deal or No Deal models trying to steal some of Electra's entrance thunder, it was clearly her party. She confessed to battling the stomach flu, but was ready to party in her curve-hugging sequined dress.

"I can't wait to get in the party and dance. This is a good weekend for me. My movie is number one and I have my commercial coming out and I am hosting this party. It's a great time," Electra said.

While her fedora-clad manager held her black patent-leather bowler purse, Electra worked the crowd, chatting with press and happily taking pictures with men who infiltrated the press line from the ongoing party. She also confessed who she will be rooting for from her Los Angeles home Sunday.

"The Patriots. It will be exciting to watch the game," she said.

Sugar Ray and Access Hollywood's Mark McGrath caused a stir when he hit the paparazzi row. An affable guy, he practically bounded from interview to interview. For him, Super Bowl Sunday couldn't come quickly enough.

"A six-pack of beer is always good to have when you are watching the game because you can yell at the TV, but I am always ready for my team...the Giants," McGrath said. He also shared that he was happy to be back in Phoenix, one of his favorite cities.

And then, with the crush of celebs over, press row went dark and the action moved into the party. Music ranging from Fergie to Michael Jackson got people, mainly women, on the dance floor while their male counterparts admired their dance moves and other assets. Cirque USA performers took over the floor flipping on bouncy stilts to the beat of the music. Party-goers clamored around bars made from solid blocks of ice that were dripping with Snow Queen Vodka, one of the parties sponsors. The VIP section was blocked off simply by a waist-high black curtain and people on the "special" side of the party danced, drank and chatted.

Another night, another party. That's life during Super Bowl week.

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