By Lesley McKenzie
Delicately placed at each chair is a Dior gift box, which opens to reveal an assortment of lipsticks, blushes nail polishes and a Lady Dior Charm Radiant Couture handbag-shaped mini compact, complete with mini Dior charms. For actress Camilla Belle, the Dior Vernis Bubble Gum nail polish in a bright coral hue was the winner, hands down. "I can't wait to try it!" she says.
The evening's menu is as delightful as the setting with a buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula appetizer, followed by a main-course choice of roasted-pumpkin risotto topped with mustard greens and pine nuts or thyme-roasted chicken with celeriac-parsnip purée and caramelized Brussels sprouts, each paired with a French Cabernet or Pouilly Fumé.
In between the courses, conversation flows easily, turning— inevitably, considering the company— to all things Hollywood. Ginnifer Goodwin catches up with stylist, Penny Lovell, while some of Tinseltown's newest guard, actresses Lucy Hale and Lily Collins, get to know each other.
So how does a group of such gorgeous women define beauty for themselves? "Someone who is comfortable laughing at themselves is a beautiful person in my book," says Kate Walsh. "I grew up with the motto 'Pretty is as pretty does,"' adds Angie Harmon.
A seasonal cobbler is served as dessert, although many of the guests— not surprisingly— politely refuse,
As the night draws to a close, attendees begin to slip out with their gift boxes and Diorissimo scented candles—flown in from Paris especially for the dinner— tucked under their arms. The luckiest depart with the most beautiful gift of all— new friends.
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.