Not many lunches in the fashion industry feature opening remarks by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Jeanne Shaheen, a former Secret Service agent as a tablemate, and a coat check shared with Georgina Chapman and Sky Ferreira. But then, not many industry lunches are hosted by Cosmopolitan editor in chief Joanna Coles.
“Honestly, I just put together a list of women I wanted to have lunch with, and who I thought would enjoy having lunch with each other,” Coles said of the the massively impressive guest list gathered for her second-annual Cosmo 100 lunch Monday afternoon.
A tradition she started after taking over the mag last year, Cosmo 100 came from a revelation Coles had about women networking together. She confessed it’s a skill set she feels men are “much better at” — at least, for now. “I realized spending some time in D.C. and a lot of time here that the two worlds needed to be brought together, and Cosmo is the fun, neutral thing in the mix,” Coles explained. “I felt like the people in this room are really impressive, and the most useful thing I can do is introduce them to each other.”
So Coles hosted a hefty mix of celebrities, businesswomen and politicians in New York for an intimate lunch free of awards or speeches. “This is my fantasy dinner party,” she told Fashionista. “I am such a nerd that I just love spending hours figuring out seating arrangements — which table will laugh the most, which will get into arguments, who needs to meet whom.”
It’s precisely the type of message she wants to send to the Cosmo reader: Amazing women at the top of their respective fields mentoring one another and, yes, cheering each other on through the glass ceiling. For Coles, the afternoon was summed up when one attendee went to take home her gift — a beautiful Smythson notebook.
“Funnily enough, Adrienne Arsht, who’s a great philanthropist, picked up the Smythson box and said, ‘I love Smythson, I nearly bought Smythson 30 years ago,’” Coles shared with a smile. “What a great line — she nearly bought the company 30 years ago. That’s a Cosmo girl.”
Equally epic and Cosmo-worthy? The first-ever meeting of Carrie Bradshaws past and present, aka Sarah Jessica Parker who played the iconic lady on Sex and the City, and AnnaSophia Robb, who plays the younger version on current spinoff, The Carrie Diaries.
Sex, politics, and two Carrie Bradshaws? Sounds like the perfect Cosmo lunch to us.
Check out more images from the event at Cosmo.com.