My VIP Guide to Fashion Week

Take a deep breath New York Fashion Week is about to begin!

First I will model at Bloomingdales for FNO. Next, I am off to cover the trends that come down the runways, get backstage and up close & personal with the pros that make it happen!
One of the coolest things about fashion week are the VIP and celeb lounges and gifting suites! If you’re not at the shows the Empire Hotel will be the place to see and be seen this Fashion Week -located just steps away from Lincoln Center the hotel will play host to a number of activities throughout the week.    

This year I was invited to attend the premier GBK gift lounge.
This event will be visited by celebrities, stylists, models, buyers and industry VIP’s. Yours truly scored and invite! Last year’s guests included Lindsay Lohan, Kirstie Alley, Star Jones, Phillip Bloch, Broadway star Constantine Maroulis and more. This year’s event is shaping up into another must-attend Fashion Week event for celebrities and industry icons alike.

I got the buzz that this year’s lounge will be styled with the artistic fresh floral artwork of Flowers of the World with a special fashion-themed signature piece. Within this luxury setting, guests will enjoy complimentary beauty services including makeup applications from Presenting Sponsor Hard Candy. Celebrity makeup artists will be utilizing the award-winning brand and each attendee will be gifted a selection of the best sellers in the Hard Candy collection. Nail designs will be provided by imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails – the revolutionary way to apply polish allowing you to get salon-perfect manicure in seconds with no glue. Simply peel off, press on and you’re done! Also on site to enhance the lounge: Scunci – Can’t commit to bangs? Scunci stylists will be providing complimentary Scunci faux bangs.

Other luxury sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor Pilot Pen, known for offering superlative writing instruments renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction, will be gifting their Frixion (pronounced friction) erasable pens and their Ageless pen; Izlla, eco-luxury face and body products, gifting their Fresh Sweet Carrot Facial Day Crème, Urban Elements Defense Serum and Peace Facial Serum; G Wear, unique recycled fashion shirts; New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry, New York City’s top private concierge cosmetic and general dentistry provider, gifting $1500 gift certificates towards exclusive private “on location” concierge dental and medical services; Baan Unrak Conscious Collection : SUK pants, hand woven pants by Thai locals and mothers of Baan Unrak – a community in Thailand that cares for 150 children from difficult backgrounds; MODAY, gifting sexy, classy contemporary slips and camisoles for the everyday modern woman; RevitaLash, DramatEYE’s and beautify with the RevitaLash® family of conditioning and color cosmetics, gifting Hair ADVANCED, RevitaBrow ADVANCED and more; gift certificates from Beyond the Rack, North America’s premier online shopping club, offering its members the most sought-after designer brand apparel, accessories, beauty, and home décor products at up to 80% off retail; Jada Toys, Inc., gifting their Cutie Pops which are trendy fashion dolls that come with special “style pops” that allow you to decorate them from head to toe creating the ultimate fashion looks; and Caribbean Living Magazine will be gifting each celebrity a one-week stay in the Caribbean.

Fashion accessories and jewelry are always a highlight of GBK lounges where various styles from funky and fresh, to high-end luxury pieces satisfy the many tastes of our trend-setting guests. This year’s Fashion Week Styling Lounge will highlight Misahara Jewelry, inspired by world travel and featuring quality gem stones, will be gifting their unity charm representing their first collection of their ultra luxury jewelry collection; Hot Rock, gifting custom gold-plated pendant and chain featuring their flaming diamond logo and message “Your Life Has Meaning”; a watch collection by Marc Coblen - an innovative, new fashion brand that boasts over 40,000 style combinations all in one watch; and BLINKZGEAR, Urban+Life Messenger Bags with cool graphic designed zip out front covers. Artist Candice Shaw will compliment the BLINKZGEAR bags with a custom designed GBK logo in honor of this year’s Fashion Week event.

While exploring the selection of gifts and latest fashion finds, guests will enjoy gourmet refreshments from Coco Café, the new coffee drink with the buzz of organic espresso and fresh coconut water creating the perfect pick me up –morning, noon and night;Brugal Extra Dry Rum, the pride of the Dominican Republic as the only 100% Dominican rum; Wine Chateau, one of the most experienced wine retailers online offering a vast selection of wines from around the world; and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co., providing “fresh from the farm” all-natural, hand-crafted cheese from Point Reyes, CA.

Its not just about celebs & swag! Remaining true to GBK’s foundational belief of giving back, this year’s Fashion Lounge will benefit Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, please visit