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On Monday evening, a pressing question was being put to bed: What does Amy Adams carry in her bag? “This evening it’s pretty simple,” she said. “It’s my cell phone, blotting papers and lip gloss.”

The actress was at the Four Seasons Restaurant’s famed Pool Room, where she was cohosting the launch of Max Mara’s “A” bag and spring accessories campaign, which she fronts. The actress had arrived at the restaurant wearing head to toe Max Mara, a sleek all-black ensemble (save for a bold star-printed jacket she quickly removed — all the better to show off her roomy tote).

“A good bag is like a good coat. It’s timeless, you can wear it season after season, it’s practical and stylish,” said Maria Giulia Maramotti, granddaughter of the Italian fashion house’s founder, Achille Maramotti. “Amy is exactly all of the above. She’s elegant, she’s real, she’s talented, she is a working mother — she embodies all the core values of Max Mara.”

That “working mother” thing was the first and foremost consideration when it came to Adams’ checklist for what makes a bag work for her. “I look for versatility, and something I can carry with me all day,” she said. “I tend to leave the house pretty early and then get home quite late. I sometimes will take a small satchel inside that I can transfer things to, but mostly I get attached to one purse and carry it for quite some time.”

Despite its generous dimensions, Adams clutched her tote for the entirety of the evening, which she spent seated under a wall-sized poster of the campaign. Around her, guests including Lauren Remington Platt, Genevieve Jones, Kelly Framel and Heather Marks swilled Champagne and snacked on caviar-heavy passed hors d’oeuvres while Harley Viera-Newton played a Top 40 playlist.

It was an evening of brand loyalty for Adams, who was due to hang with another fashion bestie in the coming days: “Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford’s latest feature in which Adams will take on the leading role, starts filming Wednesday. Any pre-film jitters? “No, I tend to be pretty focused on the moment and am pretty good at compartmentalizing. Right now, I’m just happy to be here.”

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