One major new component this year: For the first time, the mag worked with a big-name chef, Giada De Laurentiis, to design the menu, which was executed by the hotel’s catering staff. Her dishes fused Italian cuisine with California influences. Apart from that well-received new addition, In Style
’s Kelly Austing explained that the party tends to stick with the same vendors year after year. “One of the reasons we have such a cohesive event is that everyone’s been around a long time,” she said. “We’ve really gotten it down to a science. Because we have such a collective audience with each other, everyone is very vested in making the party better than the previous year.” Vendors included Goodman Audio
for sound, and DJ Pesce
who spun for the crowd.
Photo: Nadine Froger Photography