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Dior lands in LA with beachfront bash ahead of runway show

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/11/2017 By NICOLE EVATT, Associated Press
Actress Freida Pinto mingles at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Freida Pinto mingles at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freida Pinto is loyal to Dior, a company that took a chance on her before she was famous.

Actress Freida Pinto arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Freida Pinto arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

During a beachside party hosted by the French fashion house Wednesday, Pinto recalled how Dior was one of the first brands to dress her while promoting her Academy Award-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" in 2008.

Actresses Kiernan Shipka, left, and Jaime King pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actresses Kiernan Shipka, left, and Jaime King pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

She said Dior was "accepting and welcoming" to her, a relatively unknown actress who had been turned down by other designers.

Actress Jaime King arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Jaime King arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Pinto was joined by fellow fashionistas actress Jaime King and Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men."

Actress Kiernan Shipka arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Kiernan Shipka arrives at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Shipka praised Dior's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri for honoring and championing women through her designs.

Chef Flynn McGarry, left, and actress Kiernan Shipka pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chef Flynn McGarry, left, and actress Kiernan Shipka pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The relaxed, sunset soiree was a held on the eve of Dior's cruise collection show, presenting Thursday night in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas.

Socialite Olivia Palermo, left, and actress Freida Pinto pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Socialite Olivia Palermo, left, and actress Freida Pinto pose together at the Dior Cruise Welcome Dinner at the Dior Surf Club on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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