Temperatures climbed to the mid-nineties yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles, and guests at the Burberry Beauty tea party were feeling the heat. “On the way over here, I was worried my makeup was melting off,” said Kate Bosworth (for the record, it wasn’t). But should Bosworth have needed a touch-up, there was certainly no shortage of products on hand. (The British company’s first foray into cosmetics launched at Nordstrom and online at the beginning of the month.) “It’s very natural, very wearable,” Burberry’s Christopher Bailey explained. “The colors are all based on the trenchcoat.” In fact, one of the foundations is called simply Trench.
The party was hosted in the garden of a sprawling private estate in Beverly Hills, rumored to be the former residence of Tom Cruise. “This is so quaint. It’s like my place but a little smaller,” deadpanned Lake Bell. Bailey joked that he had been trying to pass off the mansion as his own.
Sweeping white canopies and chilled Champagne and elderflower cocktails went a long way to protect Bosworth and fellow partygoers like Serena Williams and Liberty Ross from the sweltering summer sun. “I think they’re doing a good job of keeping us fashionably cool,” said Bell. Glee star Jayma Mays was just happy to be enjoying some off time before the show starts recording again in a few weeks—not that her workplace isn’t without its unique perks. “This season, they’re bringing in John Stamos to play my love interest,” she said. “I flipped when I heard. I mean, it’s Uncle Jesse! And he’s aged so well.”—Evelyn Crowley
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry