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Frock Stars

| February 7, 2014 | Parties

The Party
Guests in brightly colored J. Mendel day-dresses mingled outdoors at the Sunset Tower Hotel to honor the brand’s creative director, Gilles Mendel. The elegant lunch, co-hosted by Claiborne Swanson Frank, Rochelle Gores Fredston and Minnie Mortimer, proved to be a fashionable reprieve for the French designer, who’d flown in from New York just for the occasion.

The Scene
The decor seemed to match the stylish crowd, as guests took a seat at a Venetian table decorated with white peonies. Attendees—including Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims, Shiva Rose and Natalia Bonifacci—chatted over a light lunch of kale salad, organic chicken paillard and a trio of sorbets.

The Highlights
Gores Fredston, wearing a striped white Mendel dress, was excited to be at her first event since giving birth to her second daughter, Claire, just three weeks earlier. But her children weren’t far from her mind. She even booked a sitter for the following week: her sister, Lauren Gores Ireland, also in attendance. Mortimer, wearing a cutout Mendel dress, also revealed she was expecting baby No. 2. –Photos by Stefanie Keenan



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