Golden Globe Treats
DPA's GG Suites
by Amanda Bellafiore
Rodeo Drive was busier than usual this past “awards weekend” as tourists took to the street – eyes peeled – for celebrities rushing into last minute appointments and fittings before their Golden debut. But little did they know below, that all they had to do was look up to see the stars perched atop the penthouse of The Luxe Hotel, soaking up a spectacular, one-of-a-kind, pre-awards gift lounge.
|Nathalie DuBois and "Modern Family's" Rico Rodriguez|
After six major suites in the past year, Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko and DPA were back at it, pampering the nominees and presenters for this years Golden Globes. From Jan. 12-14, 2012, the stars brought home the newest brands and items from all over the world.
|Nathalie DuBois & "The Office's" Oscar Nunez|
Transforming one of the suites into a fashion studio, unique designers from around the globe were on hand to showcase their specialties. From embroidered Brazilian dresses to high fashion from London and luxury Lebanese jewelry fit for a princess, all of the red carpet necessities were there for the taking. Norwegian designer Cecilie Melli, known for her simplicity and fine detail, created a buzz for her brand after dressing Christina Simpkins (actress, producer and girlfriend of Jim Burke, producer of ‘The Descendants’) for both the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
|Twilight Saga's BooBoo Stewart|
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|Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Chambers and Nathalie DuBois|
Picked up by several stars, The Golden Halo headband by Mona Lisa was well received by Kevin Dillon (‘Entourage’), who requested pieces for his daughters. Worn by Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Aniston, Golden Halo headbands are bendable and stackable semi precious metals that can be worn in a layered fashion to create a shimmering “halo” like glow in your hair. “By the end of the weekend I was pleased to see that I now have a couture, must have hair accessory,” said Mona Lisa on her experience.
Separated by cupcakes and teas, the second suite of the rooftop was recreated into a spa and housed the best of beauty treatments. Discovered in Vogue by Dubois herself, guests were introduced to The It Kit by vbeaute, a new customizable skin care system. Also available were spa products from Kerstin Florian and Manuka Doctor.
But it wasn’t the massages or pedicures, not even the trips to French Polynesia that was the most talked about – it was the brain exercising. Edgeneurofitness, a brainwave monitoring program designed to improve your attention and relieve emotional distress by simply putting on a pair of light up sunglasses, left guests excited to use their gift certificates for a future complimentary session.
As the penthouse filled and the gift bags were collected, the three-day lounge also brought awareness to charities supported by Dubois: Husky Haven of LA, African Millennium Foundation and Southern Thoroughbred California rescue.
Many celebrities were in attendance, including Sarah Drew (‘Grey’s Anatomy’), Titus Makin Jr. (‘Glee’), Elisabeth McGovern ('Downton Abbey') and Berenice Benjo, Missie Pyle, Adria Tennor and Ed Lautner (‘The Artist’).