Gwyneth Paltrow Fetes Decorator Windsor Smith at Intimate Dinner
To celebrate her new coffee table book, 'Homefront,' Smith invited friends Maria Bello, Minnie Mortimer and Monique Lhuillier to her luxurious home.
A gentle fog was rolling in at 7 p.m. and the weird misty drizzle seemed to be almost misting sideways. It felt like being in San Francisco but instead, Monday evening's setting was at Mandeville Canyon, where guests arrived to the dramatic home of decorator-to-the-stars Windsor Smith. Known for her mix of eclecticism and modernism, Smith has helped adorn the homes of Ari and Sarah Emanuel, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Colleen and Brad Bell, and Darian and Allen Shapiro.
Smith's close pal and client Gwyneth Paltrow — who resides across the street in her own Windsor decorated masterpiece — hosted the candlelit garden dinner in celebration of Smith’s new coffee table tome, Homefront. The duo were joined by guests Maria Bello (wearing a red poncho coat she created in Africa that she’ll start to sell soon), Alexandra von Furstenberg, Embeth Davidtz, Eric Buterbaugh, Culver City gallerist Ray Azoulay, Nick and Kelly Styne, Brian and Quinn Ezralow, Minnie Mortimer, Monique Lhuillier and the aforementioned Falchuk (rumored Paltrow paramour).
Smith chose a rust-colored caftan-style dress from The Row to greet her guests, while Paltrow donned a skintight, white Alice and Olivia frock (covering it later that night with a short sleeved fur jacket). While everything about the dinner was the picture of elegance and sophistication, a stripper with feathers surprised the crowd during cocktails. But that's not all — two strippers came out to dance in the midst of Paltrow's toast to Smith. "Am I supposed to be a stripper too?" Paltrow quipped. Then they went on with the show.
Paltrow lauded Smith by calling her "savvy with space, and she invokes so much heart and texture, beauty and imagination — it’s an honor to live in the home she designed."
"Gwyneth and I are twins separated at birth — only she got the great hair and long legs," joked Smith. "She’s been so amazing to me; she made me cool. I was never cool."