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Once again, I had the joy of attending the DPA Emmy’s 2009 Gifting Suite produced by Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko at the ritzy Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.

Me in my Envelope dress that Lilia Todd made for me

Me in my Envelope dress that Lilia Todd made for me with Simply Spray fabric paint

Founder, Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko creates a whole new distinct gifting experience tailored to the stars for each major award show and film festival around the world. She has hosted suites in Cannes, France, Venice, Italy and Dubai during their respective film festivals creating a timely momentum for the hottest and chicest stars to attend.

With over 42 brands for the Emmy’s suite, DPA gifting suites offer the newest and most unique products and services to celebrities, nominees and presenters for almost all the major entertainment Awards shows (Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy’s among others). A few celebrities who attended this suite were Vanessa Williams, Angela Basset, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Beau Bridges, and Kate Flannery and more.

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Angela Basset

Come with me into this fantasy suite and prepare to get relaxed, pampered and beautified…

Relaxation at the DPA gifting suite is part of the luxury package. Massages by THE MASSAGE EXPRESS were set up to get the tangles and twists out of the guests. For men only, FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP offered grooming services right inside the suite. For the ladies and metrosexuals, high-toned manicures by NETTIE SCRUB were provided. The famous New York spa, SPHATIKA, offered in house treatments and the introduction of their sensational skincare line utilizing the elixir of quartz crystal.

Beautification is the cornerstone of the pampered. High definition makeup and skincare by Japan’s KohGenDo was available for guests wanting to experience makeup perfect for high definition TV and film. Those craving lush lashes, eyelash extensions were offered by LONG MI LASHES. For that womanly scent, ‘Jus d’amour’ by PARFUMS MERCEDES were gifted in fetching sterling silver bottles.

Of course, the beautification continues with adorning your body with jewels and garments. One-of-a-kind evening dresses by SODALISCIOUS, casual, slinky dresses by EVA VARRO, all had merchandise on hand ready to dress anyone at a moment’s notice. Other garments at the DPA suite included French underwear designer PULL-IN, ANNA KOSTUROVA’S sexy swimwear, whimsical English knitwear and crochet designer DOMAKAYA, German luxury hosiery FALKE, and CHARLOTTE TARANTOLA (be sure to check out her darling Disney collection). ENERGETIX offered healing magnet therapy jewelry and Canadian jewelry designer FEENIEBEADIE with beautiful Swarovski crystals, silver and semi precious stones. To keep the flashing bulbs from blinding you, grab a pair of MARCHON sunglasses – my favorite? The gorgeous multi colored PUCCI sunglasses.

Kate Flannery with Sodaliscous

Kate Flannery with Sodaliscous

For unwinding after the festivities included soft and supple silk loungewear and bedding by KUMI KOOKOON. This was incredibly stunning and exquisite. Hong Kong’s MingCha TEA gifted the most amazing ‘blossoming’ tea fit for royalty served by the most charming lady, Vivian Mak.

Guests traveling to New York City must venture to Harlem for a new, experimental retailer called SWING. With exclusive items from around the world, you can find the very best and rare items from music to house-wares to accessories- all under on roof.

The most coveted gift in the DPA suite (also a DPA staple) was a one week stay at the ultra-luxurious French Polynesian resort, PEARL RESORTS and LE TAHAA private island and ST. REGIS BORA BORA. The lucky recipients of this premier resort can enjoy the serene sun, crystal blue waters, and five star service and accommodations that will be memorable for a lifetime.

And with that, now you know all you need to do to feel relaxed, pampered and beautiful is a DPA gifting suite!

Other gifts were provided by Tsila, Green House Soy Company, Wooly Pockets, Dandelion, Napa Soap Company, and Calibowls. Pupperazi and BowHaus represented the pet gift bags. The men’s gift bags included feature Ravi wine cooler, tequila Clase Azul and William Neely perfumes. Two gift bags for celebrity babies were featured by Dandelion, the other one featured Cloud b and Babychix.Finally, a Pilates bag courtesy of Kara Pilates and a wellness bag produced by Exhale Spa rounded out the spectacular gifts.

Premium mineral water from Argentina Gota, Steaz organic and trade free ice teas, as well as Brazilian Cabana Cachaca and St Germain provided refreshments and cocktails. Also featured in the DPA gift lounge were Expressive Fortune cookies, Ice Pan ice cream, and Fling chocolates, Zengari tents, and Gilles Marini calendars.

photos: Kerstin Alm , Ariel Bisbee

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Sir Ian McKellen at DPA gifting suites

 

 

I had the pleasure and delight to attend the DPA Gifting Suite produced by Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko at the ritzy Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.

 

I have attended past DPA gifting suites for the Oscars, and Golden Globes in previous years and it seems every year it gets better and better. What makes DPA better than all the other gifting suites around town during awards season? It is DuBois-Sissoko’s attention to detail, most unique gifts and experiences and the magnitude of luxury that exudes from all of her suites throughout the year and throughout the world. She hosts suites in Cannes, France, Venice, Italy and Dubai during their respective film festivals creating a timely momentum for the hottest and chicest stars to attend.

 

This year’s Golden Globe suite boasted the whimsical, Austrian jewelry designer, HENRI J. SILLAM. His elegant creations included a delicious ruby encrusted, gold strawberry ring (my favorite!).  Some more fantastical pieces include a diamond and pearl encrusted swan, a deer necklace, frog brooches, and rhino rings all encrusted in rare and precious stones, like Black Diamonds, Green Persian Turquoise, and Lavender Jade. Some pieces at the suite were specially made for a special celebrity to wear on the Golden Globe red carpet.

 

me wearing a yummy Ruby and Gold Henri J. Sillam Strawberry ring

me wearing a yummy Ruby and Gold Henri J. Sillam Strawberry ring

 

 

 

 

Kate Flannery wears Henri J. Sillam

Kate Flannery wears Henri J. Sillam

 

 

 

 

Designer, EVA VARRO, unveiled their casual chic dresses in retro prints that Pucci would adore. Her fun, fresh designs have graced the bodies of many TV and movie stars, including Eva Longoria- Parker of ‘Desperate Housewives’.  Her collections are available at Nordstrom’s and select Boutiques. As well as being travel friendly, the dresses are made in the US using high quality slinky fabrics perfect for the beach, a day of lunch and shopping or dress it up with accessories for a dashing evening about town.

 

AnneLynne and Racheal McCord for Eva Varro

AnneLynne and Racheal McCord for Eva Varro

 

 

Ever hear of elixir of Quartz Crystal being incorporated into your daily skin regimen? SPHATIKA prides itself on this unique line of products for any skin type. These ‘high quality pure, natural ad chemical-free botanical products’ are available as facial cleansers, facial toners, milk bath oil, and an intriguing ‘gold finish serum’. You may view all their wonderful products

Online. If you are lucky enough to be in my favorite city in the world, New York City, SPHATIKA has a beautiful spa near Columbus Circle offering probably your most tranquil time in the city that never sleeps.

 

Sir Ian McKellen and Sphatika owners

Sir Ian McKellen and Sphatika owners

 

DPA offered a most unusual beauty treatment provided by LONGMI LASHES BY DANIEL.  Lash extensions that are so real that I couldn’t tell if they were real lashes on one his models. Hollywood’s most sought after lash expert, Daniel, has provided Naomi Campbell, Miss Teen USA and Shannon Tweed, as well as many more celebrities with lashes to die for. Once each and individual lash is applied by hand, they will last about 4 weeks. Well worth it for not having to risk the Tammy Faye effect with mascara.

 

One exquisite gift that is truly unique to DPA gifting suites is the fabulous Tahiti, French Polynesia vacation provided by PEARL RESORTS and LA TAHA’A private island and resorts. This remarkable exotic escape is a signature of every DPA gifting suite.

 

Micheal Madsen

Michael Madsen

 

 

 

Other notables at DPA were PUPPERAZI, a super stylish boutique for the most chic dogs and cats, who also give a charitable 5% to fight against puppy mills. BAMBOO HUGS, a great eco-friendly line of bath towels made with one of the most sustainable sources, Bamboo- for babies and children. One of her creations includes a cat-hooded towel made of a cuddly, soft purple bamboo. Colorado designers, VAMP BAGSshowed off their animal friendly and Eco-friendly stylish handbags- my favorite was a red clutch with a bracelet attached, just so you never lose that pocketbook.

Leashes by Pupperazi

Another jeweler was present called HENDERSON DESIGN, which is designed and run by a mother and daughter from Houston, TX. They’re signature is being able to mix and match necklace strands of delicate gold and faceted stones creating the most personal, unique look of your choice. To go with the gorgeous necklaces, DPA introduced Cindy Renée Mathieu for SODALISCIOUS for enchanting handmade gowns perfect for the avant-garde actress walking the red carpet.

 

 

Henderson Design

Henderson Design

 

Sally Hawkins wearing Henderson Design

Sally Hawkins wearing Henderson Design

 

 

 

 

Ever wanted a shirt the exact color of the Mona Lisa’s eyes or Hyams Beach sand or the earth as seen from Apollo 17? French designer, BLUEBRETZAL specializes in those mythical colors translated into the most luxurious shirt you will ever own. The shirts are made from fair trade cotton mixed with either bamboo or cashmere for the softest touch.

 

As luxury is the focus of any DPA suite, beauty products were the highlight with treatments and products from the exclusive skincare line, NATURA BISSÈ with $1500 luxury gift boxes from their Diamond Collection; LEONOR GREYLTHE MASSAGE EXPRESS, along with SPHATIKA, and LONGMI LASHES BY DANIEL.

 

Leonor-Greyl beauty products

Leonor-Greyl beauty products

 

Other contributors to this lavish suite were Jil Sander eyewear provided by MARCHON, ROYAL BLUSH BAGS,SIGG eco-friendly bottles, SOLAVIECHOPRA CENTERPLANET BOTANICALSSPIRTUAL GANGSTER, Daryl Hannah’s DH LIFESOAPTOPIA, EXPRESSIVE FORTUNE COOKIESBIOTENEDR. FRESH, FRENCH SISTERS,BURRAY OLSON psychedelic canvas bags, PULL IN underwear, and BLUHORSE.

Expressive Fortune Cookies

 

Felix loves his Dr. Fresh singing Toothbrush

Felix loves his Dr. Fresh singing Toothbrush

 

Spiritual Gangster

Spiritual Gangster

 

As I wrapped up my pampered visit to DPA’s elegant gifting suites, I left recharged, informed, and ready for my close up. I look forward to the next gifting suite that DuBois-Sissoko produces bringing talented new designers and unique products to the full attention of the Hollywood’s discriminating elite.

 

VOLVICBADOITSTEAZ ICED TEASDRY SODADAMRAK GIN and ST. GERMAIN LIQUORS provided refreshments.

 

Me at the DPA gift lounge for the 2009 Golden Globe awards

Me at the DPA gift lounge for the 2009 Golden Globe awards

 

 

Photo credits: Kerstin Alm and Zach Lipp

Other photo credits: vendor websites. 

 

 

 

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