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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 was relatively unknown in Hollywood and 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)

"(They were) accepting and welcoming. You just feel a sense of gratitude," said the star of Showtime's "Guerrilla."

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)

Pinto was joined by fellow fashionistas Jaime King, in a belted, wide-sleeved gown, and Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men."

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)

Shipka said she was channeling one of her new favorite shows, Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," with her velvet cloak dress.

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) © The Associated Press 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)

"What Maria Grazia Chiuri doing is just insane," said Shipka of Dior's creative director. "It has this backbone of just championing women and just really honoring them and creating beautiful stuff."

Actress Jaime King poses 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 poses 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 in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas.

Actress Jaime King poses for photographers 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 poses for photographers 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)

"What I always expect from Dior is something that will be elegant, modern, chic, useful, timeless, pushing the bar forward," said King of Thursday's runway show. "It's great that people are now bringing high fashion, important fashion and these important designers to our city."

Twins TK, left, and Cipriana Quann arrive 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 Twins TK, left, and Cipriana Quann arrive 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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