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LOS ANGELES — The 80 guests at Tuesday night’s West Coast launch of the Dior Christal watch had plenty of firsts to talk about. The watch is the first John Galliano-designed timepiece, while the party at the Getty Center was the first evening fete held in the atrium of the Richard Meier-designed compound.

Co-hosts Jamie and Steve Tisch and Kelly and Ron Meyer greeted guests such as Charlize Theron, Kirsten Dunst, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer, Lisa Kudrow, Camilla Belle and Eva Mendes amid twinkling blue stars and crystals projected onto the limestone walls and glass ceilings, as well as tunes spun by cult favorite DJ/makeup artist Kathy Jeung. The event was in aid of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, to which Dior president and chief operating officer Marla Sabo and LVMH’s Daniel Lalonde made a donation of $50,000.

Most people, including pals Gwen McCaw, Elizabeth Wiatt, Colleen Bell and Julie Jaffe, gathered to chat in the entryway, while some opted for a tour of the museum’s Julius Shulman exhibit, which was open for guests until 10:30 p.m. But Amy Adams and her boyfriend preferred to slow dance to “Dream a Little Dream” in a quiet corner. Meanwhile, Theron and her entourage (agent, manager, stylist and mother) opted to do a little shuffle of their own with the place cards so they could all stick together.

It’s a busy season for many, but Angie Harmon saw no reason not to come out. “I have a premiere tomorrow, and I’m moving from Texas to Los Angeles this week, so why not? I’m a multitasker. Plus, this dress is amazing.”

Joy Bryant traipsed around the party in her full-length Dior couture gown desperately in search of the caterer’s crab cakes. She’s used to it, though: The winsome actress used to model for John Galliano, at both Givenchy and Dior. “He was the first designer who gave me a chance,” Bryant said. “I hope he comes out to Los Angeles for the next party.”

This story first appeared in the December 15, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

But what got design junkies Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette and Jacqui Getty charged were the Lucite and chrome furnishings of ubermodernist Charles Hollis Jones — who’d never before allowed anyone to plunge into his archives. “I think I might have that very table at home,” beamed Getty.

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