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.

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


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


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


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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."


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


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China Chow demonstrates a novelty: the jumper-dickie.


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


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


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


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


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


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Jager-bomb in the back.


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


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


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


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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.


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


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