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CALIFORNIA GURLS: Having grown up in Hollywood, Emma Roberts has been relatively scandal-free. That is until she hits the big screen as a pop star in the film “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” “I got to dress inappropriately and act obnoxious,” Roberts said of her character, who wears what she described as “a lot of bright bras and high heels.” Roberts cleaned up nicely in a black and white tea dress by Kate Spade New York to co-host a dinner at Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood on Wednesday. The guests of honor were her longtime stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, who launched a bag collection called Westward with Kate Spade New York just the day before.
“We love bags, we buy bags,” Current said of her jump into bag designing. “Some bags [in Westward] are perfect for a portfolio, laptop and a pair of flats. Some bags are perfect for the red carpet,” Elliott added. Kate Spade New York creative director Deborah Lloyd said partnering with the stylists, who also founded L.A. premium denim label Current/Elliott, allowed Kate Spade to tap into what she characterized as the “L.A. chic that girls in New York aspire to.”
L.A. chic was on full display with guests including Jaime King, Ali Landry, Sasha Spielberg and Roberts’ boyfriend, Chord Overstreet. Other famous attendees played a role in the fashion industry. Gia Coppola recently directed a short film for California fashion label Wren, while Michelle Trachtenberg, who will portray a drug dealer on “Weeds” and a former heroin addict in “Sexy Evil Genius,” will showcase a pair of studded platform pumps she designed for Stuart Weitzman at Fashion’s Night Out in New York. Zelda Williams is testing her fashion limits for a Web comedy series in which she plays a Wal-Mart employee donning, in her words, a “superplain color polo shirt and black Dickies and comfy shoes.”