'Tis awards season and time once again for those fabulous celebrity gifting suites, commonly called swag suites. HBO’s Luxury Lounge always is one the hottest of the Emmys, Golden Globes and Oscar suites, due in part to the level of the products given away and the proximity to the celebrities: It's always held at the Four Seasons, where so many of nominees are staying on Globes weekend.
This Globes weekend, there was the added celebrity draw of the BAFTA pre-Globes tea and the InStyle Beauty Suite, both held at the Four Seasons on Saturday.
What goodies did the stars snag? To start, the brand-new Tivo 4 and a free subscription to live-stream Tivo. For life.
Also free: Motorola’s S11-FLEX HD wireless headset, Pandora individually designed charm bracelets in sterling silver or leather, Nautica crew and V-neck sweaters, Michael Antonio eco-friendly vegan footwear, Sophia Fiori “Hollywood Dreamweaver” sterling silver cable-style pendant and Boiron homeopathic medicines, especially appreciated by nominees during this nasty flu season.
L’Oreal did free mani-pedis, hair and makeup touchups, gifting everyone with Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, Colour Riche Colour Shine Stain and Revitalift Miracle Blur Skin Smoother. And so many stars wanted Eddia Beverly Hills skinny silk ties that they had to run back to the nearby stores to get more.
Despite the name, the suite is not limited to HBO stars -- though talent from HBO's hit movies and shows True Blood, Game of Thrones, Enlightened, Veep and Treme did show. Spotted in the suite: Tony Kushner (Lincoln screenwriter), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Sarah Paulson (Game Change) and Toby Jones (The Girl).
Even Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump popped in with her daughter. They picked out matching Pandora charm bracelets. Vanderpump also chatted with the Sophia Fiore folks about developing her own high-end jewelry line.
Vanderpump left her BlackBerry with the Motorola folks so they could set up her new bluetooth while she browsed the suite. She even gave them her password, her dog's name. “Don’t go through my contacts!,” she admonished.
Curb Your Enthusiam star Jeff Garlin definitely was the life of the suite, introducing himself to every sponsor as “the most handsome man voted by his peers.” When he saw a woman holding her pet Maltese, he joked, “Where are they giving away the dogs?” Garlin also brought along his mother, and he e-mailed his wife a photo of several pairs of Michael Antonio shoes. She texted back that she wanted the “gold and black pumps.”
Another RHOBH star, Brandi Glanville, posed for photos with her new Motorola Flex wireless headset but warned, “You can take my pictures, I’m just not really photogenic!” After checking out the Eddia ties, she joked (we think), “No man in my life deserves a gift from me.”
Dancing With the Stars Karina Smirnoff actually changed clothes at the Luxury Lounge. She left wearing her new wedge Michael Antonio vegan boots, a Nautica sweater and Sophia Fiori diamonds to wear to the Globes on Sunday.