The 3.1 Phillip Lim store in West Hollywood was shoulder to shoulder last night, packed with celebrities including Mandy Moore, Minka Kelly, Brittany Snow, Kristen Bell and other stylish Angelenos, all there to celebrate the launch of style expert and former Los Angeles Times market and style editor Melissa Magsaysay's new book "City of Style."
The book, which hit shelves Tuesday, takes a look at the different elements that influence and make up L.A. style and includes profiles of fashionable Angelenos and styling tips. Times fashion critic Booth Moore reviewed the book in this Sunday's Image section, calling it "an approachable field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations."
"I think ultimately everybody is a mix of all the different styles," said Magsaysay, who was dressed in all 3.1 Phillip Lim. "Everyone is influenced by these styles at some point in their life."
The party crowd was an eclectic representation of Los Angeles -- women in pretty sundresses, colored denim, vintage dresses and jumpsuits and men in everything from suits to rolled up skinny jeans. Reality television star and fashion designer Whitney Port, who is featured in the book, walked the party in hot pink jeans by Mother Denim, while actress Kristen Bell was spotted wearing a Creamsicle-colored dress.
"It’s cool because there are so many different people here that you really get a mixture of a lot of different styles," said Brittany Snow. The actress wore a tangerine skirt over her black Phillip Lim dress and a bright turquoise Prada clutch.
"I’m excited that it’s a book that’s celebrating L.A. style," said Mandy Moore, who chose a royal blue Phillip Lim dress for the party. "L.A. is pretty eclectic across the board, and I think that every different style moment deserves to have its time in the spotlight."
-- Jenn Harris
Photo: From left, actress Mandy Moore, author Melissa Magsaysay and actress Minka Kelly celebrate the release of "City of Style" by Magsaysay at the 3.1 Phillip Lim store in West Hollywood. Credit: Jesse Grant / Getty Images.