Select fashionistas attending New York Fashion Week 2012, knew where to go between the shows, to get the scoop on what was hot beyond the runway. They headed directly across the street from the Lincoln Center, to a luxury suite inside the Empire Hotel; the GBK Celebrity Gift and Styling Lounge. GBK is the brain child of Gavin Keilly the company’s founder and is a luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company. Who offers its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs, and media an opportunity to explore new products and enjoy a luxury environment and beauty services.
This year the GBK Lounge was styled with the artistic fresh floral artwork of Flowers of the World. Guests walked into the Lounge where a beautiful fashion-themed signature piece stood greeting them. Flowers ofthe World is a high-end floral design studio, providing exceptional design services for discerning clientele.
Within the luxury setting, guests enjoyed complimentary beauty services like makeup applications from Presenting Sponsor Hard Candy. Celebrity makeup artists were on hand utilizing the award-winning brand and each attendee was gifted a selection of the best sellers in the Hard Candy collection. They also introduced their new Hard Candy clothing line, which will soon be available inNorth America.
Nail designs were provided by imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails – who have incorporated great nail art designs with a revolutionary way to apply polish. Allowing their customers that salon-perfect manicure in seconds with no glue. Simply peel off, press on and you’re done!
For Fashionistas who wanted a completely different look but no commitment. Scunci stylists provided complimentary Scunci faux bangs and pony tails.
Pilot Pen, known for writing instruments of quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction; showcased their pen maxi skirt crafted out of 500 Pilot Frixin pens. The new Frixion (pronounced friction) is a state of the art erasable pen.
Izlla, the eco-luxury face and body products, made with 100 % natural organic ingredients. Gifted their Fresh Sweet Carrot Facial Day Crème, Urban Elements Defense Serum and Peace Facial Serum.
G Wear, unique recycled fashion shirts gifted custom T’s designed exclusively for this Fashion Week.
The Kenkou Group and Hollywood Smiles New York City’s top private concierge cosmetic and general dentistry provider, gifted $1500 gift certificates towards exclusive private “on location” concierge dental and medical services
Baan Unrak Conscious Collection : SUK pants, was there to raise awareness by gifting hand woven pants. Made by Thai locals and mothers of Baan Unrak – a community inThailand that cares for 150 children from difficult backgrounds
MODAY, gifted sexy, classy contemporary slips and camisoles for the everyday modern woman.
RevitaLash®, conditioning and color cosmetics, gifted their Hair Advanced, RevitaBrow Advanced.
Gift certificates were given from Beyond the Rack,North America’s premier online shopping club, offering its members the most sought-after designer brand apparel, accessories, beauty, and home décor products at up to 80% off retail
Jada Toys, gifted their Cutie Pops which are trendy fashion dolls that come with special “style pops” that allow you to decorate them from head to toe creating the ultimate fashion looks
Caribbean Living Magazine will be gifting each celebrity a one-week stay in theCaribbean
Katherine Kwei brought her collection of hand bags. Timelessly designed her handbags feature a unique blend of modernity and Chinese traditions, incorporating unique texture and luxury materials.
Misahara Jewelry, inspired by world travel and featuring quality gem stones, will be gifting their unity charm representing their first collection of their ultra luxury jewelry collection
Hot Rock Jewelry.com, gifted custom gold-plated pendant and chain featuring their flaming diamond logo and message “Your Life Has Meaning”.
The Marc Coblen watch collection was there with their innovative, new fashion brand that boasts over 40,000 style combinations all in one watch
Xela Fashion;Kspin Designs - a children’s designer and boutique who featured their unique custom made Children’s Couture Clothing.
BLINKZGEAR, Urban+Life Messenger Bags with cool graphic designed zip out front covers. Artist Candice Shaw will compliment the BLINKZGEAR bags with a custom designed GBK logo in honor of this year’s Fashion Week event.
Designer Nora Sahraoui ofDubai flew in for the event and brought with her collection of fashion forward designs. Which she made available to celebrity for their red carpet events.
Tweezerman, The award winning beauty tool experts featured their Cynthia Rowley Designer Series, Ultra Precision Series,
Gourmet refreshments were plentiful with choices from Coco Café, the new coffee drink with the buzz of organic espresso and fresh coconut water creating the perfect pick me up –morning, noon and night. As well as Brugal Extra Dry Rum, the pride of the Dominican Republic; the only 100% Dominican rum, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., providing “fresh from the farm” all-natural, hand-crafted cheese from Point Reyes, CA. Fresh baked goods were plentiful from See Jane Bake.
Wine Chateau, one of the most experienced wine retailers online offering a vast selection of wines from around the world.
Remaining true to GBK’s foundational belief of giving back, this year’s Fashion Lounge will benefit Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
VIP guests made time between shows to visit the GBK Lounge.
Some of this year's guests include: Sherri Shepherd ("The View") Angela Simmons ("Pastry" Shoes / "Run's House"), Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock"), Countess LuAnn de Lesseps ("The Real Housewives New York"), Mark Cuban and the cast of ("Shark Tank"), Gordana Gelhausen, Mondo Guerra, Seth Aaron Henderson, Valerie Magen all from ("Project Runway"), Paul Sparks, HBO's ("Boardwalk Empire") Jennifer Ashton, ABC's ("The Revolution") Tamara Tunie, NBC's( "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") Olivia Culpo- Miss USA, Leila Lopes- Miss Universe, Jana Kramer CW's ("One Tree Hill"), Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Live") and Fashion Designer Walter Baker who snuck over to the lounge for a little indulgence after his show.