By Darlene Donloe
It’s becoming tradition! Doris Bergman throws a party and celebs show up!
This week, in honor of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy® Awards, Bergman hosted the Fifth Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. The Emmy Awards are set to air Mon., Aug. 25 on NBC.
Considered one of the hottest tickets in town, the invitation-only event was hosted by MD Sun Skin Care and presented by Gerard Cosmetics & Whitening Lightning.
The lavish event, for those lucky enough to snag an invitation, honored the television industry’s Emmy-nominated actors, former Emmy winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPS. Celebs mixed and mingled while vendors showered them with high-end swag that included jewelry, cosmetics, customized hats, skin and hair care products, watches, spirits, shoes, plus a gourmet luncheon prepared by Fig & Olive Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange.
Actress Carolyn Hennesy (Devious Maids)
Bling It Hat Designs and Khandi Alexander
(l-r) Actor Harrison White, Christie Bird (Jones & Rose)
and Kelsey Scott (12 Years A Slave)
Celebs on hand included Emmy nominees Kate Burton (Outstanding Guest Actress Scandal), Jon Voight (Supporting Actor Ray Donovan) Joey King & Joshua Close (Outstanding Miniseries, Fargo), Khandi Alexander & Ntare Mwine (Outstanding Miniseries Treme), R.J. Mitte (Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad), Jamie Brewer (Outstanding Miniseries American Horror Story), Marina Toybina (Triple Emmy Award Winning Costumer/Designer), Meneses (The Goldbergs), Ashley Argota (The Fosters), Asia Monet Ray (Dance Moms & Raising Asia), Boti Bliss, Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Elaine Hendrix (Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll), Eric Martsolf, Eva La Rue, Hal Sparks (Lab Rats), Jesse Henderson (Finding Carter), Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave), Marilu Henner, Rosa Blasi (The Thundermans), Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Tiphany Adams (Push Girls), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) and Gregg Daniel (True Blood).
Gregg Daniel (True Blood) and his wife, actress Veralyn Jones
“I came because I wanted to contribute,” said Gregg Daniel, who attended with his actress/wife, Veralyn Jones. “This was a great opportunity to give back. I like the idea that we were asked to give something to help Wednesday’s Child. I’m having a great time.”
Wednesday’s Child is a program that works with children in the LA County foster care system.
Antrelle Brown a designer for Origami Owl Jewelry
My Sweet Cupcake
(l-r) Adam Pratt and model Lesley Bazant of Radar Watches
Olive Designs Jewelry
My Saint, My Hero
Tequila Azul Imperial
Gifts and services were provided by: Jones & Rose, IdefyneMe Inspirational T’s, Go Fore Broke Sportswear, Telic Footwear, “My Saint, My Hero,” Radar Watches, Nature’s Flavors, Twisted Silver, Perch Jewelry, Bon Bon Home & Garden, Honest Tea, Spongelle, Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers, Kaya Di Koko, Single Dress, Single Underwear, GUESS, Tequila Azul Imperial, Veved Ice Vodka, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Intemporelle Designs, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, Dawn Lee Cosmetics, Stacy Vason Haircare, Roadkill Boutique, Origami Owl Jewelry, Ooh La Bra, Bling It Hat Designs, Unity Vintage Jean Company, Clothing Nation, My Sweet Cupcake (Winner of “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network), Olivia Designs Jewelry, Model Call and CDs from vocalists Lea Anderson and Devyn Rose.
(l-r) Christie Bird and Cecily Lewis of Jones & Rose
One of the popular items at the event was the natural skin care products by Jones & Rose (www.jonesandrose.com).
“We have a natural baseline,” said the company’s founder, Christie Bird (Rose). “ We use only natural ingredients.”
Bird, who at one time worked for Proctor & Gamble, makes the products herself. According to Bird Melinda Williams, Sherri Shepherd and Cynthia Bailey are just some of the celebs who have used the products.
Anabel Baltazar of GUESS
According to Anabel Baltazar, who represented GUESS at the event, the company recently donated a number of GUESS bags to Wednesday’s Child.
“The company loves to give back,” said Baltazar.
(l-r) Daryl Doris and Ashaki Rucker of IdefyneMe Inspirational T's
Ashaki Rucker launched IdefyneMe Inspirational T’s with a specific purpose in mind.
“I wanted to surround our children with positive messages,” said Rucker. “They are surrounded by negativity on a daily basis. I want them to be able to find their way to success.”
Dr. George Sun, his wife and Emmy-Nominated Actress Kate Burton
Celebs flocked to talk to Dr. George Sun, whose company, MD Sun (www.mdsun.com), was one of the sponsors. Everyone wants to have flawless skin. Dr. Sun talked about the benefits of his products.
“This is high grade cosmeceuticals,” said Sun whose office is in Arcadia, CA. “This system is essential for those who need and are seeking highly effective, but gentle products. Whether you have acne, oily skin, pigmentation problems or superficial blemishes, it doesn’t matter.”
Ashaki Rucker launched I Defyneme as a means of surrounding children with positive messages.
“We want kids to find their way to success,” says Rucker.
Carlos Robles, owner of Clothing Nation launched his online company with 20s-30s demographic in mind. Some of his clothes range from $20-$50.
Verby Nix, whose apparel company, Go Fore Broke (www.GoForBroke.com) launched last May, was excited to be at the event for the first time.
“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss,” said Nix. “So, I jumped out in faith. I have something for everyone.”
Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors)
In the spirit of giving back, guests & sponsors donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 15-18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefitting Wednesday’s Child -- a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. Wednesday’s Child highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, William Wong. “Gift and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive has been overwhelming and, most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow -- giving the public permission to embrace our kids. I believe that people are inherently good and want to do good things. Additionally, Bergman invited two foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it felt like to be treated as a VIP -- the love from the guests and sponsors was tremendous!” added Wong.
Marqual W., one of the foster children invited to the party, responded ‘yes,’ when asked if he was having a good time at his first ever Hollywood, red-carpet event.