When commemorating the stylemakers in Tinseltown, no party would be complete without the ever-fashionable Cate Blanchett. The statuesque Oscar winner was all smiles at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont Thursday night as she co-hosted a dinner with Net-a-Porter in celebration of Hollywood style.
Dressed in a black and gold-trimmed Alexander Wang ensemble, complete with black Gianvitto Rossi booties, the 46-year-old star joked that she went with the look because “it was dark, and I thought if I cross the road I won’t get hit by a bus.” She added with a laugh, “No, I love it. I love what [Alexander Wang] does.”
All jokes aside, Blanchett found the event refreshing, telling InStyle, “People don’t often associate L.A. with style and I think there’s really a lot of interesting designers who are not only emerging out of L.A., but who live and work here.”
“It’s seen as functional fashion, whereas I think it’s really adventurous,” she continued. “I think there’s a really interesting, dark underbelly to L.A. and the layers of history here that come across… it’s a really creative place. It often gets demonized, so it’s great that they’re celebrating L.A.”
Sarah Rutson, the vice president of Net-a-Porter’s global buying, echoed that sentiment, telling us, “We are about creating the future of fashion, and we have to acknowledge that the stylemakers now are the Hollywood stylists.”
After a cocktail hour and a brief speech from Rutson (who introduced her co-hosts, Blanchett and stylist Elizabeth Stewart), the intimate dinner began, with more than 55 guests, including Monique Lhuillier and Rachel Zoe (above, left to right), dining family-style on tables topped with white roses and candles.
While they dined on mixed local greens and poached tiger shrimp, guests caught up with old friends and made new ones. Celebrity stylist Monica Rose, for example, swooned over jewelry designer Suzanne Kalan’s stacked 18-karat gold diamond cuffs, and Rose gave guests a glimpse of the chic, gold-plated pieces from her own upcoming jewelry collection right from her cell phone.
Dinner wrapped up with white sea bass with curried cauliflower, New York strip steak with Béarnaise sauce, and chocolate mousse raspberry crumbles for dessert. As Zoe headed out with her hubby Roger Berman, she said goodbye to everyone with an air kiss.