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Amber Valletta, Amber Heard Honor Women Behind the Lens at Net-a-Porter Luncheon

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Amber Valletta, Amber Heard and Amanda de Cadenet

Held on Friday afternoon in the garden of the Chateau Marmont, the event drew an impressive list of females, including 'Porter' magazine editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, Amber Valletta and Amanda de Cadenet.

If the fall fashion shows going on now in Milan were being held in warm weather and celebrated at a major garden lunch — well, you wouldn't see better hair and makeup than this occasion on what is affectionately known as "Oscar weekend."

A very large sampling of L.A.'s "fashion crowd" — and we can now take the quotes off of that, as there's no more irony there — dressed to impress in their best new spring 2016 looks, and many had clearly spent the morning in hair and makeup. From Amber Heard in a chic cream-colored silk pantsuit to Amber Valletta in a long summer gown, hair was flowing and wavy, lips were painted and arms were bare.

Dotting the crowd was a cream-of-the crop L.A. social list that included Alexandra von Furstenberg, Minnie Mortimer and Crystal Lourd; designers Monique Lhuillier, Jennifer Meyer, Rosetta Getty, Emily Current, Meritt Elliott, Alice Temperley, Rachel Roy and the team behind Co; actresses Minnie Driver, Saffron Burrows, Claire Forlani, Emily Ratajkowski, and stylists Cristina Ehrlich and Rachel Zoe.

It was a heady, almost giddy celebration of both female power and female shopping power. And a little male power, too. Super manager Jason Weinberg actually got to hang out with lady friends — for a while, anyway. And popping in right before the speeches was stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, in from her adopted home of London, who's been working with Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan all season, and who no doubt has one busy weekend ahead of her. "It helps if you work with the best," she laughed, not wanting to take all the credit for creating a new red-carpet queen.


GLAM SQUAD: Makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury (left) and stylist Cristina Ehrlich at Chateau Marmont. (Photo: Wire Image)

"I'm not here!" laughed Cristina Ehrlich in a panic, accompanied by her agency head Kent Belden (of The Only Agency). The superstar stylist has spent the last many months dressing Brie Larson, Tina Fey, Penelope Cruz, Uzo Aduba, Alison Brie and so many others, that she hasn't had any kind of real break in about a year. "Luckily I have a great team," she said in a chic camisole and long skirt. "But it's going to be quite a weekend! For the moment, I'm not thinking about anything but lunch — but that moment won't last long." Certainly Larson and Fey have their gowns picked out by now, but there are still Vanity Fair party dresses, Independent Spirit Awards dresses, and jewelry, shoes and sunglasses to think about. 

Charlotte Tilbury, in town from London to make up some nominees and presenters (but won't tell names) and launch some new products from her own very successful cosmetics and skincare line (Miracle Foundation just came out and is flying off shelves like hotcakes), took to the microphone in a burnt orange off-shoulder ruffly dress with gold pattern by none other than Zoe, who was sitting few tables away. "I saw her after her New York show," said Tilbury, "and I said, 'Rachel — I'm obsessed with that dress! I have to have it!" Clearly, Zoe complied.

A panel discussion ensued, where photographer and interviewer Amanda de Cadenet asked Valletta, who's on the cover of the new issue of Porter, where the photographer and photo crew were all female, if it's different being shot by a male photographer than a female one. "One isn't better than the other," said Valletta. "But women don't objectify other women, and are coming at it from a more emotional place, like women do. It does feel different, I think."

Afterwards, the ladies scooped up their giant Net-a-Porter bags filled with hot Charlotte Tilbury products, sipped their the last of their rose and skipped off for an afternoon, evening and entire weekend on the town. Many clothing changes will ensue. 

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