Cate Blanchett Hosts a Dinner (November 12)

Cate hosted a Dinner yesterday (November 12) at the Chateau Marmont

“The reality is that stylists are the new image-makers,” said Sarah Rutson, vice president of global buying at e-commerce giant Net-a-Porter, as she presided over a dinner to celebrate Hollywood style at perennial hot spot Chateau Marmont last night. Cohosting the event was power stylist Elizabeth Stewart, wearing aRoksanda crepe de Chine minidress, who modestly demurred, saying, “I think the people wearing the clothes are the influencers.” Longtime client Cate Blanchett then elegantly settled the chicken-or-the-egg debate: “I love working with people with a great eye,” said Blanchett, who wore an embellished black wool vest and wide-leg pants by Alexander Wang (a nod to the fact that temperatures in Los Angeles finally dropped below 70 this week). “I send [Elizabeth] stuff that I’m interested in, and she sends me stuff that’s she’s interested in . . . it’s an ongoing creative dialogue.”

What there was no debate over, however, was the power that Hollywood style is punching these days, as Los Angeles’s fashionable set, including stylist Rachel Zoe, Mary Alice Haney, and Rodarte duo Laura and Kate Mulleavy, joined jewelry designers Jennifer Meyer, Daniela Villegas, and Anita Ko for an intimate, candlelit dinner. Tables were laid with black cloths and white roses to evoke the chic Net-a-Porter signature black boxes and white-trimmed ribbon so beloved by shoppers, and guests Rosetta Getty, Kendall Conrad, and Monique Lhuillier were served white sea bass with curried cauliflower, rose petal gremolata and grape vierge, followed by chocolate mousse. “There’s always been a history of Hollywood and fashion, and it’s an important part of it,” said Laura Mulleavy, as the evening came to a close. “I love L.A., so I love when people want to celebrate it.”

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