Donna Langley And Diane Von Furstenberg Co-Host Women's Oscar Lunch at The Designer's Chic Beverly Hills Home

Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Langley - Getty - H 2016
Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

The third annual event was attended by 33 of the 51 female Oscar nominees: "the women in the room exemplify everything that's right about this business," said Langley.

Power ladies who lunch: Designer Diane von Furstenberg and Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley co-hosted the third annual Oscars luncheon honoring the female nominees of the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

The super chic gathering took place at von Furstenberg’s canyon home in Beverly Hills. Guests including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Marisa Tomei, Malin Akerman and Ellen Burstyn as well as industry powerhouses Sherry Lansing, Cherly Boone Isaacs, Dawn Hudson and Sue Kroll were greeted by von Furstenberg at the front door before being ushered into the designer’s indoor/outdoor living space.

Opting for a more casual and intimate vibe (no assigned seating), ladies were encouraged to get a plate of food and make themselves at home—whether cozied up on one of the living room sofas by the fireplace or perched on oversized Moroccan floor pillows in the yard. A colorful assortment of salads (nicoise with green beans and quail eggs; heirloom beets and avocado; duck confit with asian pears; and lobster quinoa) as well as a raw bar, black cod and eggs benedict were all on the menu.

Langley thanked von Furstenberg for opening up her beautiful, sunlit home and for giving everyone the chance to “pretend we’re in the South of France” for an afternoon amidst Oscar week—adding that, “Diane really does epitomize the words icon, pioneer, trailblazer.”

In light of #OscarsSoWhite, Langley said: “I do feel that this year’s Academy has had a bit of a cloud over it with the diversity conversation and not to suggest that that conversation isn’t real and important and happening and it should be happening and it will continue to happen, but I think we can take this afternoon to celebrate and to honor…because I think progress is as much about talking about what we’re not doing as it is talking about what we are doing. Diane had the foresight to start this beautiful lunch honoring the female nominees three years ago.”

Von Furstenberg explained the origins of her event: “I asked who does anything about female nominees? I was told no one, so I said let’s start. Last year we had 22 and this year we have 33 nominees of the 51 women [nominees].”

The bicoastal fashion designer, who’s married to IAC’s Barry Diller, added: “We have a lot of work to do in getting more women’s stories told…. And, we have to be better women so there are more stories about women, more stories told by women…and now Donna will make sure with her big studio that you are green-lighted. Lots of green lights.”