Julia Roberts, Ice Spice, Robert De Niro and More Party Before the Oscars Even Start

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“It’s like a little party,” Julia Roberts said Friday afternoon, standing in a hotel suite in West Hollywood, decked out in black tuxedo pants and a crisp white shirt from Celine.

Her red hair was pulled back in a perfect bun. On her face, she wore hunter-green eyeglasses.

To Ms. Roberts’s left was her longtime stylist, Elizabeth Stewart. To her right was her longtime publicist, Marcy Engelman. At a table by the windows was her new friend Edward Enninful, the outgoing editor in chief of British Vogue.

It was two days before the Oscars, and the parties were already in full swing.

At some, the movies were the main thing being celebrated. At others, the upcoming awards merely served as a pretext for luxury brands to place their products on actors and actresses, rappers and singers, basketball players and TikTok influencers.

Julia Roberts with Caroline Scheufele, Chopard’s co-president and artistic director. Credit…Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for The New York Times

In the late 1980s, when Ms. Roberts’s career took off, she mostly dressed herself for appearances, she said.

“And did my own hair and makeup,” she added, flashing her luminescent smile. “That was back when a friend could call you and say, ‘I have a movie premiere,’ and you’d say, ‘Oh, I’ll come,’ and you’d just get dressed.”

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