The awards season is going full blast and so, too, are the celebrity gifting suites that lavish the rich and famous with bangles, bobbles, beads and more.
One of the best and highly-anticipated gifting suites is the invitation-only 4th Annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party, produced by Hollywood insider Doris Bergman in association with Michelle Lee Faulkner.
Held at Café La Boheme in Hollywood, the event, sponsored by world-renown couture designer Sanaz Afsar for SAFIR, attracted a galaxy of stars that included Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Obba Babatunde, Michael Clarke Duncan, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, Eric Roberts, Chris Lemon, Karina Smirnoff and more.
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN
"I’m here with my girlfriend, Omarosa,” said Michael Clarke Duncan. “I thought I’d come along and check out everything. I’m a former Academy nominee so it’s geared for nominated actors, so here I am. This is a nice event.”
MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN, OMAROSA MANIGAULT-STALLWORTH
& OSCAR WINNER LOUIS GOSSETT JR.
“I’m here for the nice stuff,” quipped Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr. as he tried on a Barons hat. “Look at all this stuff. It’s impressive. I’m having a good time.”
“This is nice, real nice,” said Obba Babatunde as he stood surveying the many gift items around the room. “I’m here because I’m thrilled to be part of an industry that gets to shape the images of people that look like me from around the world. Plus, they told me I could donate something to a charity. Whenever that opportunity presents itself, I’m there. I brought four of my own shirts. It’s an opportunity to give back. We’re all in the business of service in one way or another. I’m the repository of something that someone gave to me.”
“I feel so honored to have been invited!,” said Dancing With The Stars dancer Karina Smirnoff.
The stars were gifted with a bunch of high-end goodies that included an array of fashions for him and her including bespoke tuxedoes and suits, skin care, jewelry, fragrance, couture gowns, custom hats, sexy lingerie, couture handbags, the finest in electronics, hand-rolled cigars, gourmet cuisine, delectable sweets, exotic spirits and more!
“Evander Holyfield, Chris Tucker, Eddie Griffin, Mike Tyson and a lot of other athletes are just some of our clients,” said Art Lewin of Art Lewin & Co. Custom Clothiers.
When asked why the celebrities come to him for their wardrobe, Lewin, who has been in the business for 22 years, said it was because his company can not only provide “flash,” but can also make them look “awesome”.
Rebecca Aghalarpour, representing NICKEL skin care line for men, which was made in France 15 years ago, gave away samples of a morning after rescue gel that will rejuvenate a man’s face.
“It’s nice to be able to expand and introduce our product to celebrities,” said Anel Utajara of Dulcenea, which manufactures sexy lingerie. “Some of the celebrities who are using our product include Selma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mini Driver and Jane Fonda. We’re popular because we hand-make all of our patterns.”
“Qmadix is a leader in tech gadgets and accessories,” said Beth Bernstein. “The quality of our earphones is phenomenal. You have to try them to understand what I mean.”
“Baron Hats has been around about 50 years,” said Mark Majia of Baron Hats. “A large percentage of our business is making hats for the movies. We do all kinds of custom hats.”
Elaine Binder said of Spongeables, “Celebrities love us. They come back every time because they like the product.”
“I just invented it, said Denise Haman of Nu-4-You Eye Make-up Fallout Protector, which is made of silicone. The one-time pharmaceutical rep got laid off and decided to start her own business. “I played around with a lot of things and this is what I came up with.”
“We want to encourage positive energy and looking at the brighter side of things,” said Brittany Tamintua of her family-owned t-shirt and cap company called, Smyle. The best thing in life is a smile.”
The hot jewelry item went to Twisted Silver, with rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces made of mixed metals.
Gifts and services were provided by Twisted Silver®, Art Lewin & Co. Custom Clothiers, LYON Fine Jewelry, Michael Marcus Cosmetics, Nu-4-You Eye Make-up Fallout Protector, Lusciouss jewelry, evening bags and accessories by Charlie Lapson, exclusive chapeaus designed by Baron Hats, Single® by Galina Sobolev, eclectic and vintage-inspired accessories by Road Kill Boutique, colorful Tee’s & caps for men and women by SMYLE, sexy lingerie by Dulcenea, fabulous fragrance Insatiable Blu & Insatiable Pink by Azure Skye™, bath and shower treats by Spongeables® LLC, NICKEL Skin Care Line for men, ObeyYourBody® Decorin Age-control Day Cream SPF-15 Anti-Wrinkle Treatment, hair care by BodyWealth & Ms. Jessy’s, the ‘Holland Collection’ by OPI, nail-art kits by Nail Glam, iharmonix™ Qi-7 Extreme-Performance Mobile Earphones and Metalix Premium Snap-On Phone Cover by Qmadix, Pauline’s Pecan Brittle, Honest Tea, California Girl Chronicles, authored by Michelle Risley, Kusmi Tea, Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata Tequila, Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka, The Chocolate Traveler, Leon Cigars, Bootleg Chocolate and Café La Boheme’s cuisine created by 5-star executive chef, Christine Banta.
In the spirit of giving back, guests brought new or slightly-worn clothing to donate to Operation Dress Up!, a student-run California non-profit organization.