It was a star-studded and fashionable affair at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles Saturday night as Jodie Foster, Sarah Paulson, Minnie Driver, and more gathered to honor artist-musician Laurie Anderson and filmmaker Todd Haynes at the museum’s annual Gala in the Garden.
The event, presented by Bottega Veneta, kicked off with a cocktail hour in the museum’s courtyard, with guests greeted with white wine, champagne and pineapple basil margaritas as they strolled inside in eye-catching looks by the fashion house.
Emma Roberts stunned in a blush Bottega Veneta dress complete with a pleated skirt and cinched waist, which she complemented with Ammanii earrings to reunite with her former American Horror Story costar Paulson. Roberts gave a big hug to January Jones, who was clad in a black, monochromatic Bottega Veneta ensemble (crop top, oversized blazer and high-waisted pants).
Fresh off the heels of her Emmy win, Paulson was glowing in a Bottega Veneta floral dress as she sat next to her good friend Amanda Peet at the affair. “Any time we get a chance to be together, and if it’s in public, and it involves some kind of wine, it’s always gonna be a good, good time,” Paulson told InStyle with a smile, before she grabbed a glass of white wine. The actress was on hand to present Haynes with his award, adding, “I love Todd so much it felt like something I could not say no to.”
Haynes, who told us he felt “very proud to be a recipient of the award,” also gushed over Paulson, whom he said interviewed his brother, sister, and dad as she prepared her speech. “She’s like an Emmy winner. She should just be in Barbados, but she’s working on my speech,” he said with a laugh. “She’s so gifted and so brilliant, so I’m very moved by that...it’s cool.”
Meanwhile, Driver, who told us she wanted to wear “Cher hair” to the gala, swooned over the event and the red and blue color blocking in her flowy Bottega Veneta dress. “When you’re tall, it’s a shame not to wear something really long and lean,” she told us with cocktail in hand, adding she loved that the bash was “very, very stylish and very chic.”
Gala in the Garden co-chair Foster, enjoyed the cocktail hour as well, sitting down on a bench in her sheer, floral, black Bottega Veneta dress alongside her wife Alexandra Hedison, Paulson, and Andie MacDowell, who rocked a plunging, patterned Bottega Veneta dress. “We had an awesome bench going over there,” Foster told us on her way inside. “It was good.” The Oscar winner also gushed over the honorees, adding, “they’ve just changed the lives of so many artists.”
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Laura Dern echoed those sentiments as she palmed a glass of red wine at the event. Clad in a sheer, black Bottega Veneta dress belted at the waist, she told InStyle, “In the same way that Laurie Anderson continued to subversively create the art she wants to make, Todd does that with such grace.” She continued, “ It's very apropos that we would honor him at a museum, because his work is so beautiful.”
It wasn't only chic power women on the scene. Will Ferrell was also on hand to celebrate Anderson and Haynes, telling us he wore mint green “cords” to the gala to coordinate with his wife Viveca Paulin’s ensemble. “My wife was wearing red pants, so I thought green. We're right on the verge of the holiday season,” he told us. Ferrell was one of many making fashion statements that evening.