In Style's 7th Annual Diamond Show Luncheon

Atmosphere, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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In Style's 7th Annual Diamond Show Luncheon

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Minka Kelly and Leighton Meester

Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"Everything was so beautiful, Gossip GirlLeighton Meester said of the designs on display, each of which was accessorized with jewels from Bulgari, Cartier and Fred Leighton. Meester-who mingled with Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly-took plenty of mental notes on In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein's presentation. "Hal told us all to dress up, so I feel like now we all have to! I would definitely find a place to wear the jewels, I'll tell you that much."

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell in Jay Godfrey, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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Hollywood's hottest starlets and leading ladies got together at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, hosted by In Style and the Diamond Information Center. "It's like playing Barbie for adults!" said Kristen Bell (in Jay Godfrey), after getting an exclusive first look at the gowns and gems that trendspotters will be buzzing about this awards season. How did the petite starlet prepare for the fashionable fete? "I had coffee at my house. Wait, I shouldn't say that because one of my resolutions was not to drink it anymore. I did have someone do my hair and make-up!"

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Allison Janney, Sharon Stone and Angie Harmon

Allison Janney, Sharon Stone, Angie Harmon, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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Allison Janney

, Sharon Stone and Angie Harmon (in Dior by John Galliano) engaged in some girl talk before the models strutted their stuff. "I once wore a diamond necklace and a bathrobe to do Good Morning America," laughed the always-chic Stone, when asked why the timeless diamonds are her best friend. "Next year we'll come in tiaras and evening gowns!"

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Maria Bello

Maria Bello, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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After fueling up on chicken and mashed potatoes-and a mouth watering trio of desserts that included mini chocolate lava cake, crème brulee, and sorbet-guests like Maria Bello turned their attention to the runway for the main event. The fashion show featured a parade of 56 different looks, pairing gowns from designers like Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Chanel with more than $35 million worth of diamonds from Neil Lane, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels.

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Lisa Rinna and Melora Hardin

Lisa Rinna, Melora Hardin, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"I'm definitely looking to borrow some diamonds," said 27 Dresses star Melora Hardin (in Prairie New York), who had her mind on her future red carpet appearances. The actress, who chatted with Dancing With the Stars alum Lisa Rinna, found the decor in the Rodeo Room equally as elegant as the fashions on display. "There's a big beautiful crystal chandelier, a velvet curtain, and gorgeous orange lilies on the table. They made room for the clothes to shine," she observed.

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Debra Messing

Debra Messing, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"This is one of my favorite events of the year because I'm not ashamed to say that I am a rabid fan of diamonds," said Debra Messing, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for her starring role in The Starter Wife. "I blame it on genetics. My father has been in the jewelry business my whole life." Messing paired her vintage Valentino frock with a chic clutch from Jimmy Choo.

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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What's the first thing Jennifer Love Hewitt thinks about when she hears the word diamonds? "Audrey Hepburn!" said the actress, who had plenty of opportunities to show off her own engagement ring during the afternoon. "Every girl should have lots and lots and lots of diamonds!"

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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Patricia Arquette

scored another Golden Globe nomination for her role in the small screen hit, Medium, but she claimed her favorite memory of wearing diamonds didn't happen on a red carpet. "Getting engaged, getting married..." mused the actress. "I think diamonds are beautiful."

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Keisha Whitaker and Stacey Kiebler

Keisha Whitaker, Stacey Kiebler, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"I kept texting my stylist," said Keisha Whitaker (in Philip Lim), who shared a table with Stacy Kiebler (in Dina Bar-El). "It's Marchesa! Zac Posen! Angel Sanchez! I thought it was fantastic. I so agree with getting back to Hollywood glamor."

Get a fashion flashback! SEE PHOTOS from the 2007 diamond fashion show.

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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The Diamonds

The Diamonds, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"They give away diamonds! We have some, we need more," said Sharon Stone as she surveyed the rocks from legendary jewelers like De Beers LV, Harry Winston and Martin Katz. "I loved the cuff bracelets," said Leighton Meester.

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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Atmosphere

Atmosphere, In Style and the Diamond Information Center host the 7th annual diamond show luncheon, Los Angeles
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"In old movies, they used to have women who'd go shopping. Someone would usher them in to a private room, all the models would come out and they'd sit there and say, 'I'll have that. I'll have two of those,'" said guest Allison Janney of the event. "We had a wonderful lunch and drank champagne and looked at diamonds. It was a real treat, I look forward to it every year."

VIDEO Go behind the scenes to see how the diamonds and dresses were selected and to mingle with the stars.

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