GBK and Sparkling Hill Resort Celebrity Gift and Styling Lounge – 2013 New York Fashion Week

All Images provided by Ana Martins PR and GBK Productions 

Fashion Week Celebrities, Stylists and Designers and the Media were exposed to an Array of Fashionable Lifestyle Products and Services Including an Unforgettable Stay at the Sparkling Hill Resort

In honor of 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week, Gavin Kelly and GBK Productions hosted a Luxury Gift and Styling Lounge on September 6th and 7th at the Empire Hotel. The annual GBK event, as to be expected, featured a diverse selection of lifestyle brands, fashion and accessories, all of which catering to the discerning industry’s best. The GBK’s yearly event is consistently a “must attend” festivity during New York Fashion Week. This year, GBK added touch of glam with a crystal-infused luxury lounge setting in honor of Sparkling Hill Resort – a European-inspired wellness resort known as the first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. VIP guests received complimentary resort stay certificates featuring Deluxe Lakeview Rooms and Penthouse stays up to $6,000 in value.

Designer Phillip Bloch with CEO & Founder of GBK Productions, Gavin Keilly at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

Designer Phillip Bloch with CEO & Founder of GBK Productions, Gavin Keilly at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

J. Alexander at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

J. Alexander at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

VIP guests also indulge in a special gift selection from luxury lifestyle brands including Presenting Sponsors Hard Candy and Pilot Pen. Hard Candy amazed with off-the-chart products, intense color, wild packaging and a flair for the dramatic, while also using the opportunity to introduce new additions to the product line, including a new collection of fun and youthful nail polishes. The name invokes all things girly and sweet while the brand brings in an edge and attitude. The lovely ladies of Pilot Pen graciously demonstrated the amazing technology behind some of their superlative writing instruments, which is renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction. Polit Pen gifted an assortment of goodies including their FriXion Clicker, Acroball Pure White and G2 Fashion FriXion Clicker erasable pens. I personally LOVE my new FriXton Clicker Erasable pens.

Emma Kenney of Showtime's 'Shameless' at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

Emma Kenney of Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ at NYFW Style Lounge by GBK

Jack Noseworthy of 'Killing Kennedy' at NYFW Style Lounge By GBK

Jack Noseworthy of ‘Killing Kennedy’ at NYFW Style Lounge By GBK

Katie Findlay of 'The Carrie Diaries' samples LuLu Avenue products at GBK Style Lounge, NYFW '13

Katie Findlay of ‘The Carrie Diaries’ samples LuLu Avenue products at GBK Style Lounge, NYFW ’13

NYC cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Rosetta Garries at GBK Style Lounge

NYC cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Rosetta Garries at GBK Style Lounge

Some must-have beauty brands will be a highlight of this lounge, including products from: Tibolli ®, a newly launched beauty company (a personal shoutout to the fabulous Missy!) gifting their Tibolli Moisture Must Leave-In cream and Tibolli Hair Oil; ReVival Labs gifted youthH20 – Age Defying System (the only ‘Daily Superfood Nutrition’ supplement with Age Defying Benefits enhancing your Beauty, Performance and Wellness all in one); Denise G. Jolley gifted her d’Mademoiselle ® Pure Mineral Makeup and Skincare Product ™; Ann McDonnell of EcoGenics Active Botanical Skin Care, a unique combination of nature and science, paraben free and ideal for all skin types, ages and ethnicities gifted full samples of their lines to VIPs and their TSA-ready Travel Kit featuring the top selling pieces in the line to others; Nikki’s Magic Wand – gifted a singularly new and innovative cosmetic tool designed to retrieve all of the hard to reach left-over make-up from tubes and containers; and Lashem – your go to brand for your lash and brown needs!

On the fashion front, the lounge showcased the beautifully evocative Cynthia Gale Jewelry collections (her collection of New York city-inspired pieces are to die-for!) – gifting Modern, Urban Eclectic, Art Inspired, Fine Craft, Sterling Silver Jewelry; d’andrea handbags – handbags that are classic with a contemporary edge, relatable to the modern day woman (with individual designs named after the designer’s ex-boyfriends); Lulu Avenue designs by Jude Frances, a line of quality fashion jewelry that is dramatic, elegant and affordable (she also designed wonderful men’s pieces); and The Artisan Group – featuring a collection of jewelry, stationery, fine art photography, spa and bath products.

Po Johnson

Po Johnson

"Ryan Serhant visits GBK and Sparkling Hill Resort Luxury Lounge at NYFW.

“Ryan Serhant visits GBK and Sparkling Hill Resort Luxury Lounge at NYFW.

Other unique gifts include Walk Japan – the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan with authentic and enjoyable tours to discover Japan, its people, society and culture; Visit San Luis Obispo County and Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, gifting two VIP tickets to Sunset SAVOR Central Coast Food & Wine Festival; and Rivé –, a company whose sleek shapes, bold colors, and fashion-inspired artwork are on the cutting edge of water bottle design.  Rivé water bottles transform colorless, odorless, tasteless substance into an experience that excites the senses. On the occasion of the 2013 GBK Celebrity Styling Lounge, Rivé collaborated with Patricia Field to design a one-of-a-kind bottle for the guest of the lounge.

No lounge would be complete without a selection of sweets and treats. Luxury food and beverage sponsors include: Viva Diva Wines by GBK LOGOChristina Milian (the mango wine was unexpectedly delicious), the hottest flavored Moscato in the US; Connecticut Cookie Company – cookie and treats made with grandma’s hometown vanilla; Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine providing a selection of refreshments and gifting a cooler bag with certificate for flavor of the month for an entire year; Prima Dolce Company Bella’s Fruit Compotes; and Latta Russian Kefir – the most authentic, natural probiotic kefir on the market – sampling Latta Russian Kefir probiotic yogurt and non-dairy green teas (loved the green tea with lemon!).

Remaining true to GBK’s foundational belief of giving back, GBK and The Fashion Group International will benefit LIM Fashion Education Foundation and held an opening party hosted by Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award winning film and television Costume Designer Patricia Field.

 "Ice-T, Coco Austin, and Jay Manuel visit GBK and Sparkling Hill Luxury Style Lounge at New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel."

“Ice-T, Coco Austin, and Jay Manuel visit GBK and Sparkling Hill
Luxury Style Lounge at New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel.”

Founded in 1977, the LIM Fashion Education Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt 501 © 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for student scholarships and educational enhancements – from study abroad scholarships to technological resources for LIM College students. For information about the LIM Fashion Education Foundation, please go to: http://www.limcollege.edu/about-lim/FEF.aspx .