Reese Witherspoon Hosts Southern-Style Ladies Lunch to Launch Draper James x Net-a-Porter
Magnolias floating in the pool, a julep bar and a bluegrass band set the scene. Southern hospitality came to Beverly Hills on Tuesday afternoon when Reese Witherspoon hosted a ladies lunch to celebrate the launch of her brand Draper James on global ecommerce site Net-a-Porter.
Witherspoon borrowed her friend Benton Weinstock’s house for the shindig, welcoming guests as they were ferried by golf cart up the driveway. Benton, who hails from Arkansas, is a member of what Witherspoon affectionately refers to as her “Southern mafia.”
“We always sit around and work together to come up with the phrases for my tote bags. One of my recent favorites is ‘What would Dolly do?’ the Big Little Lies star said, referring to the Southern queen Dolly Parton.
Witherspoon launched her clothing line Draper James in 2015, inspired by her Southern roots in Nashville and named after her grandparents Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon.
The range includes such ladylike styles as “Love Y’all” totes ($165), cherry-bedecked sweaters ($135) and the magnolia-embroidered sundress ($550) Witherspoon was wearing to the luncheon, where that Southern delicacy to end all delicacies, fried chicken, was served, along with gilded pineapple upside-down cakes.
Witherspoon said she was ecstatic to have the line launch on Net-a-porter, a fashion website she’s been a loyal customer of since its inception, when she realized she could “order Gucci and Chloe and get it in a day with fancy London people picking it out!”
Guests included L.A. designer Monique Lhuillier, who is readying her first collection to show during Paris couture week next month; handbag designer Clare Vivier, who was carrying a pouch in gingham print, the pattern of the afternoon; and Hollywood friends including Jennifer Garner, Camila Alves, Shannon Rotenberg and more.
Net-a-porter editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans was in town for the launch, which she deemed a success, noting a few styles had sold out in the first 24 hours of going live on the site. It was the second time in a month that the London-based site had touched down in Los Angeles. The first was to celebrate a collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop timed to Mother’s Day.
A few days ago Reese attended the unveiling of Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell’s stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, which she was very excited about! During her speech, which you can watch below, Reese said that Goldie is her idol, and talked about how Goldie helped pave the way for women creating their own films in Hollywood and inspired Reese to become a producer. Reese was joined at the event by Goldie & Kurt’s daughter – and Reese’s friend – Kate Hudson, and director Quentin Tarantino. Reese looked chic in a purple dress by Roland Mouret, with Louboutin shoes and Jennifer Meyer jewellery. We have photos in our Gallery for you, and videos from the event further down this post:
As posted about on the day, Reese was a speaker at the Milken Institute Global Conference earlier this week in a panel about how Hollywood and modern media is developing. You can watch a video of the panel in our original post and HQ photos have now been added to our Gallery:
Reese is currently taking part in a live panel at the Milken Institute’s Global Conference. She’ll be talking about starting and developing her businesses in the panel entitled ‘That’s Entertainment: Looking for the Next Stage’. She talks about how she had the choice of whether to take Big Little Lies to Netflix or HBO, how she identified a market for more female-driven work, and how seeing how her kids interact with media has influenced her business choices, e.g. using YouTube and social media. Watch the live stream below, and we’ll have more coverage for you after the event too…
The 20th Annual
Milken Institute Global Conference
“Building Meaningful Lives”
April 30 – May 3, 2017 | Los Angeles
The Global Conference convenes the best minds in the world to tackle the most stubborn challenges. That commitment to the power of ideas has set this event apart for two decades. It is a unique setting in which the individuals with the capital, power and influence to move the world forward meet face-to-face with those whose expertise and creativity are reinventing industry, philanthropy and media.
Expand your network of accomplished and influential people — 3,500 attendees from 50 countries, all senior decision-makers in their fields.
Julia Boorstin, Senior Media and Entertainment Correspondent, CNBC
Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation
Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix
Reese Witherspoon, Actress; Producer
Jeremy Zimmer, CEO and Founding Partner, United Talent Agency (UTA)
Is bigger better in the entertainment industry? Scale matters in the quest to profit in expanding overseas markets and compete with the giants created by mergers among media and entertainment providers. This session will bring together senior industry leaders to address a range of questions on the effects of megamergers and intensifying global competition.
How will new competition in new markets, both domestic and abroad, realign the landscape and affect the prominence of Hollywood?
Will overseas markets influence the nature of the content produced domestically? Could it lead to greater diversity of stories and narratives?
How stable are the new revenue streams generated by new technologies? How do companies and individuals invest in new products and creative people in this environment?
Reese attended the annual Costume Institute Gala in New York City last night, and she wowed with a dramatic look! Reese wore a custom blue and black gown by Thierry Mugler, with Louboutin heels, and Tiffany & Co. jewellry – I love this look on her, it’s a very different choice from her and she pulls it off perfectly! The first HQ photos have been added to our Gallery, and further down this post are a few videos from the event:
Last night Reese attended a party in New York City to celebrate Harper’s Bazaar magazine’s 150th anniversary. She looked chic in a little black dress with crystal embellishment, and posed with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey. So far only a few pictures have become available – they’ve been added to our Gallery, and we’ll keep an eye out for more…
Updated: 17 beautiful HQ photos from the event have been added to our Gallery!
Last night Reese attended the annual Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Gala in New York City. Reese looked elegant in a floor-length teal gown by Brandon Maxwell, accessorising with Tiffany jewellery. She posed on the red carpet with other celebrities including Claire Danes, Jennifer Hudson, Hayley Bennett and Ruth Negga, and spoke to reporters about why she loves Tiffany’s and her jewellery must-haves. The company are backing an initiative to stop global trafficking for elephant ivory, and Reese voiced her support for this too. We have the first few photos from the night in our Gallery (more are sure to follow), and further down this post are articles and videos from the red carpet:
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