By Lesley McKenzie
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Kate Walsh shares a laugh; A glimpse of the Dior Beauty Dinner invitation; guest sitdown to dine at a candlelit table; vice president of public relations for Dior Beauty Dianne Vavra and Sharon Stone; newfound friends Lucy Hale and Lily Collins; a radiant Christina Ricci; Sharon Stone, Angie Harmon and Amber Valletta are all smiles
What: The annual Dior BeautyDinner
Where: The garden of the chateau Marmont, Hollywood
When: February 2009
Who: Vice president of public relations for Dior Beauty Dianne Vavra and a bevy of Hollywood beauties, including Ginnifer Goodwin, Camilla Belle, Lucy Hale, Lily Collins, Sharon Stone, Kate Walsh, Rose Byrne, Amber Valletta, Bridget Moynahan, Christina Ricci and Angie Harmon
It is nearly impossible to define beauty in a town as obsessed with it as Los Angeles, but for the last six years, Dior has done its best to capture its essence with the Dior Beauty Dinner. A host of stunning A-listers gather each year to see friends, make new ones and, of course, celebrate the distinguished fashion house's beauty line.
As attendees begin to arrive at the garden of the Chateau Marmont, friends greet each other, including brand spokeswoman Sharon Stone and model Amber Valletta. There is a palpable energy in the air — it is after al, Oscar week, and the town is humming with star power and glamor. As introductions are made, Hollywood newcomers Louise Roe (style expert and London transplant) and Australia's Rose Byrne of FX's television show Damages exchange tales of their Los Angeles driving adventures, both having moved to town less than a month prior.
In between chatter and Champagne, the women begin to take their places at a long table positioned under the colonnade, aglow with candles in glass candelabras. White roses, tulips, freesias and New Zealand heather are everywhere, creating an ethereal atmosphere. "The dinner table was set in the garden, so we continued that feeling down the center of the table," says David Rodgers, who worked with floral designer Joseph Free to evoke the feeling of a French garden with the décor.