It was a lady’s lunch all right, but not in the old school sense. Well, not completely. Sure the guests who came to the Sunset Tower Hotel’s Terrace Room yesterday turned out mostly in dresses, mostly bejeweled, and mostly in the fiercest heels. But fierce is exactly what the occupants of these expensive shoes are—writer/producer Diane English, Dreamworks talent head Leslee Feldman, ICM head Nicole Clemens and HBO casting head Carrie Frazier, among many, many more.
A major tête-à-tête, for sure for a bunch of influential women who hate to admit that despite their strides, equality is still the exception in Hollywood. But the genial afternoon among these supporters of the Women in Film group was spent toasting the next generation, in this case Ginnifer Goodwin, recipient of the MaxMara Face of the Future. Goodwin, who will share the stage with Salma Hayek, Diane English and several other winners at the WIF Lucy Awards next month, charmed the crowd with her unaffected speech–delivered on stationary cheesily imprinted with puppies and kitties. "I was telling Lauren [Graham], it's the use of school supplies that I appreciate most about being an actress," she joked.
The Italian mega fashion brand not only picked up the lunch tab, but ensured plenty of attendees, particularly of the photographed kind, appeared suitably attired, including Lauren Graham, Rose McGowan, Navi Rawat, Summer Bishil and Goodwin herself (in a chicly modern tie-dye silk sheath I must hunt down).
Lunch co-hosts Jane Fleming, the current WIF prez and an indie film producer Jane Fleming and Krista Smith, west coast ed for Vanity Fair, also represented.
Not so Jeanne Tripplehorn, who immediately offered her beautiful vanilla Prada was a score at the Barneys New York sale. And the fabulously grand gold hoops? H&M, she dropped, without missing a beat. Now that’s fierce.
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