If you were watching the 66th Emmy Awards show on Monday night, August 25, there's a part of the show that you didn't get a glimpse of. That's the private part that happens behind the scenes, where the presenters and performers hurried in to check out the Backstage Creations Gifting Suite, where a plethora of plenty awaited.
Which is why everyone from host Seth Meyers to a crowd of seriously famous faces – think Billy Crystal, Katherine Heigl, Josh Charles, Hayden Panettiere, Joe Morton, Mayim Bialik and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – made their way into the swag suite near the Emmy show's green room, where some seriously good stuff was being handed out to the stars.
The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa gifted stays in their two-story, over-water Presidential Villa, a perfect spot for 2014 double-Emmy winner Allison Janney to go to rejoice. She met up with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, her co-star in “The Help,” and the two agreed to go there together; meanwhile another of the night's winners, Ty Burrell, celebrated by planning a vacation with his wife to Turkey, since the Richmond Nua Spa was gifting stays at that ultimately luxurious spot just outside Istanbul.
There were also local hotels offering the celebs the chance for a closer getaway, including the brand-new Triada Palm Springs and the gorgeous La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. The Container Store threw in free Eagle Creek luggage for the trips, too, and Waltzing Matilda leather added in sleek purses, iPad carriers and backpacks to make travel a snap. Travel loving celebs scooped up free shoes from Supra Footwear, Bose electronics to bring the music along and even some Bartenura Moscato wine, Coldstone Creamery ice cream and Sabra snacks for the limo ride to the airport.
Earlier in the days rolling into Monday's Emmy show there was plenty of other swag to be had. On August 21, Doris Bergman held her annual Bergman's Style Lounge and Party at Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood and nominees Jon Voight (he was up for “Ray Donovan”) and Kate Burton (“Scandal”) led the charge to collect some extra-special gifts. The event, hosted by MD Sun Skin Care and presented by Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightning, filled the patio section of the place that was packed with those products and more.
Voight headed straight for Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers, where that famed custom clothier was ready to fit him for a sharp suit and shirt to match (Lewin was gifting some gorgeous silk ties to all), while stars of top TV shows like RJ Mitte of “Breaking Bad,” Khandi Alexander of both “Treme” and “Scandal,” and Josh Close from “Fargo” gathered around to scoop up GUESS watches done in the hot new denim-and-rose-gold style, Twisted Silver and Perch jewelry, Single dresses designed by Galina Sobolev, Bling It Hats and even a Traveler's Choice piece of luggage to haul everything home.
As the nominees, presenters and stars rolled on into the big pre-Emmy weekend, they had plenty of other places to collect special gifts, including the always-classy HBO Luxury Lounge Featuring Pandora Jewelry held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
There, HBO series favorites like Wendell Pierce (“Treme”), Patricia Arquette (“Boardwalk Empire”), Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex”), Gary Cole (“Veep”) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) joined familiar TV faces including Al Roker, Ellen Burstyn, Owain Yeoman, Gabrielle Anwar and Christine Baranski in choosing sporty Nautica watches, beautiful Brahmin handbags, cool Logitech electronic devices, kicky sneakers from Creative Recreation (their Osano Black White High Tops were a big hit) and soothing spa treatments from the Four Seasons.
Everyone played Pandora Jewelry's fun pick-a-prize game, including “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio, “Dancing with the Stars” beauty Karina Smirnoff and “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner; that presenting sponsor offered up rings, earrings, necklaces and their trademark charm bracelets (always our favorite!).
Also on the gifting list was the Proper Pillow, created by chiropractor Dr. Rick Loos to give celebrities (and everyone else) a perfectly aligned night's sleep – but there really was no time for snoozing when there were more swag suites to hit!
At impresario Gavin Keilly's annual GBK Luxury Gift Lounge presented by Michael Todd True Organics (who gifted their SONICLEAR skin cleaning system) at L'Ermitage Hotel, the party started with Sequin Wines (who poured bubbly Pinot Grigio and Moscato for Judd Nelson and everyone else), and perhaps the oddest thing offered at any suite – LIQRpops, frozen popsicles with booze inside that you squirt into your mouth and lick off.
There were Barry's Gourmet Brownies to indulge in, too, decadent little bites of heaven, but we watched Angela Bassett run away from those (and we ate her share!). She loved her Foster Grant sunglasses, however, snapped up the six-month gym membership offered by David Barton Gym, tried out the Maxim Mattresses, picked up some ultra-pure Skinny Coconut Oil and was happy to grab cash for her favorite charity at the StarPower Money Booth.
Edie Falco and Viola Davis arrived at the GBK suite at the same time, and both picked up some amazing travel gifts, ranging from a five-night stay at The Mulia, the stunning new resort and villas located in Nusa Dua, Bali, all the way to three nights at the Palace Resorts' signature, all-inclusive Moon Palace in Cancun (courtesy of Caribbean Living Magazine) and on to multiple-night stays with lift tickets included at Aspen's fabulous slopeside hotel The Little Nell.
Crowds formed around The Artisan Group's booth, as veterans of GBK's gifting suites know that that is the place to be to receive beautiful handcrafted items, ranging from formaldehyde-free nail polish from Nail Nation 3000 to funny doggie bow ties from Four Black Paws, crocheted washcloths from Andrea Designs, soaps from Three Sisters Apothecary and a large assortment of notecards, bath products and jewelry as well.
There were other jewels to be had at GBK, as Couture Rocks Fine Jewelry and Di Modolo Milano respectively offered the stars gift certificates and amethyst-encrusted bangles, but the place for serious red-carpet bling was a few floors up in the L'Ermitage Hotel, where Stylelab had their lending suite set up. Literally millions of dollars of jewelry from Dena Kemp, Takat, The Leo Diamond Collection and other top-flight designers awaited nominees, presenters and their stylists, who took dressing advice from design guru Michael O'Connor and borrowed the pieces to wear at the big show on Monday night. But sadly, those gems had to be returned!
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