On Saturday, the ladies wore pink — at least, Jennifer Garner and Rachel Zoe did, as they co-hosted Elyse Walker’s 10th annual Pink Party at Santa Monica Airport’s Hangar 8.
This year’s philanthropic party raised more than $1.8 million, benefiting the Women’s Cancer Program (WCP) at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Since the event’s inception 10 years ago, it has helped raise more than $11.5 million to support the program dedicated to cancer research and treatment.
Having taken part in the fashionable charity event in past years, Garner expressed hope for breast cancer cure in the near future. “Getting a tour [at Cedars-Senai], you realize that there is a cure,” the Men, Women & Children star, who arrived in a bright rosy Christian Dior dress and Christian Louboutin heels, told reporters on the carpet. “We’re so close, and it’s just about having these great minds in the same place, at the same time, and to see the different hospitals doing different cancer research, all collaborating all over the world. It’s so inspiring.”
One of those great minds included attendee Dr. Beth Y. Karlan, a renowned and leading expert in women’s cancers, who has been at the forefront of developing research programs and diagnosis to fight the deadly disease with the funds raised from the Pink Party.
This year’s star-studded guest list saw Shay Mitchell, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger, Molly Sims, Giuliana and Bill Rancic, Marcia Cross, Frances Fisher, Reid Scott and A.J. Cook showing their support for the cause.
Kicking off the evening’s extravaganza, Walker held a live auction featuring a one-year lease on a 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet from the Auto Gallery, a one-week stay at a San Jose del Cabo Luxury home called Casa Yvonne, and the Perfect 10 Package which included items such as a $100,000 shopping spree at Walker’s online boutique FWRD and dinner for 10 at Giorgio Baldi.
Attendees were treated to a fashion show shortly after, which featured runway looks from designers Barbara Bui, Belstaff, Chloe, J. Mendel, Giambattista Valli, Lanvin, Rachel Zoe and Reed Krakoff. Chaz Dean and his team of stylists provided hair styling and Benefit Cosmetics provided makeup.
The event also included a silent auction, where Lisa Rinna and other partygoers were spotted checking out designer handbags from Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Nina Ricci, Proenza Schouler and Roberto Cavalli.
Though this will be Walker’s last year leading the Pink Party, she noted, “I plan on being a huge supporter of other people’s events.”
“I started to know by year eight that I wanted to end on a high note,” the FWRD creative director explained to Pret-a-Reporter of her decision to step down after a decade. “It’s hard to keep the momentum going every single year. How do I keep people coming back? People want to come to this party, so every year I have to throw in a new thing, sometimes I switch locations — this year […] Jen Garner and I reached out to Rachel Zoe to co-host tonight, so that’s my little finale.”
And when Garner called Zoe, the power stylist only had one reaction: “You say, ‘Yes.’ I mean, look at her face [looks at Garner on the carpet] — can you say no to her? You can’t. Those dimples — it’s her. You can’t say no.”