The NBC Universal's Press Tour Cocktail Party at Pasadena's Langham Hotel was clearly one of those mandatory company events, which maybe explains the wide range of stars - and the passive-aggressive acts of dressing on display.

Rashida Jones shows that, in L.A., you can wear a summer dress in January. California dreamin', indeed.


Aimee Garcia is on Trauma. I like retro-modern prints. And that really says it all, really.


Paula Garces demonstrates the ever-expanding boundaries of "cocktail party attire" in our brave new world.


You know how sometimes a fashion magazine will say to "toughen up" something soft? Yvonne Strahovski is doing that, methinks.


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Lisa Ann Walter: this is not what anyone in the world had in mind by the words "peephole."


Yvette Nicole Brown, apparently thrilled by being so warm and comfy.


China Chow demonstrates a novelty: the jumper-dickie.


Lauren Graham: interview-ready. For what, I couldn't say.


I think, in the recession, the recycling of bridesmaids' dresses should be encouraged!


Ah, the thigh-high and jeweled tunic look. Alison Sweeney didn't want to choose!


Joy Bryant, per usual, looks effortless. Ecco: "Cali boho."


Alessandra Torresani: weird, uncomfortable party with strange food in the front...


Jager-bomb in the back.


Holly Robinson Peete's death stare actually competes with this print, no mean feat.


Mel B: that's right, I'm looking classy.


Amy Poehler shows why the LBD is a perennial "must-have," even when the other alleged "must-haves" (ie, leopard) are kind of ludicrous.


My mother once told me, "don't wear black and blue together, it reminds people of bruises." Later, I learned she had made this up and no one else actually thinks anything of the kind, certainly not Michelle Trachtenberg.


...in which Tori Spelling fails to evoke the crazy glamour of the 20s.


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