“Tonight’s the big kickoff party!” said Jennifer Garner when she took a look around at the 68 stars and fashion industry faces who joined her at Bill’s in midtown Manhattan to celebrate her being named the first celebrity face of Max Mara. “The campaign came out this week and I didn’t even know it was coming out. People said, ‘Oh, I see you’re doing this.’ And I said, ‘Yes, yes, I am!’” She was thrilled to toast to the accomplishment with free-flowing white and red wine and a three-course meal alongside the Max Mara team and some of her closest star pals, including Molly Sims (Garner’s kids go to her friend’s pre-school) and Gretchen Mol (the pair worked on a movie together two decades ago). Throughout the night, Christina Hendricks kept fielding congratulations for her Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nomination, which had just been announced that morning. “Everyone is so happy, it’s so exciting,” she told InStyle.com. “I’ve been getting a lot of messages today, so that’s really fun.” Meanwhile, Solange Knowles, in a sunny Max Mara dress that “fits great because everything is sucked in,” treated the evening as alone time for her and boyfriend Alan Ferguson, sans son Julez. “My mom is keeping my son tonight. This is date night!” she said. “I’m just happy to be out in Manhattan on a summer night in a great dress and having some nice one-on-one time.” Click to see which Max Mara design each star chose for the celebratory evening.

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