BEVERLY HILLS — Sightseers got an eyeful Thursday as their Hollywood tour bus made its way up Carolwood Drive: an elusive Jennifer Aniston bidding farewell to Reese Witherspoon before she hopped into a car.
Aniston was on hand to serve as honorary co-chair, with Oscar de la Renta, of the first annual Couture Cares luncheon, benefiting the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. De la Renta’s entire spring 2006 runway show, models and all, was transported to Colleen and Bradley Bell’s lush estate for the occasion, which drew 350 guests, including Brittany Murphy, Rose McGowan, Calista Flockhart, Lilly Tartikoff, Tory Burch, Alexandra von Furstenberg, Allison Sarofim and Vanessa Getty.
“It’s all gorgeous, gorgeous!” breathed Witherspoon as the gowns floated by. The designer was clearly tickled by his company, decreeing Aniston “the sweetest, kindest woman,” and Witherspoon “adorable.”
After lunch, event co-chairs Crystal Lourd and Stephanie Murray corralled ladies into the Bells’ enormous ballroom for a trunk show, where Jacqui Getty bought an entire rack full of clothes, squealing, “I feel like Cinderella!”
A few hours later, events took a more casual turn as de la Renta donned cream trousers and the ladies changed into jeans for an intimate dinner at Jeff Klein’s Tower Bar restaurant, which was teeming with fashion types. Alberta Ferretti entertained Lucy Liu, Lisa Eisner and Cornelia Guest at one table, while Katie Ford and the young turks of Ford Models held their own soiree at another. Mischa Barton arrived late and squeezed in next to her host, who, like the gentleman he is, offered her some of his French fries. Jamie Tisch conspired to set the starlet up with her 18-year-old stepson.
“This has been a wonderful day,” concluded de la Renta, who’s hunting for a permanent retail home in Los Angeles. “I’m in love with all the women here, especially those who wear my dresses.”