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ON YER BIKE: InStyle’s annual Los Angeles Summer Soiree bash was a welcome distraction during an otherwise sleepy August in Tinseltown (of course when it rains it pours, so Alice + Olivia and Kate Spade and Current/Elliott also had parties the same night), drawing an arm-long list of actresses currently at work on TV shows or promoting movies. Jenna Elfman, fresh from promoting “Friends With Benefits,” showed off photos of her son as she said, “I’m trying to savor the last of summer.” Jessica Chastain hung out with her “The Help” co-stars Ahna O’Reilly and Allison Janney, whom she hadn’t seen since filming wrapped last year. “We had to get our picture taken in the photo booth because it’s the most amazing lighting,” said Chastain, examining the black-and-white print. “Everyone looks gorgeous.” Which was a good thing since the images were projected onto the white wall of The London Hotel rooftop where the party was held.
The advantages of an open-air party are many, including permitted smoking. “It’s not very InStyle,” commented one guest of the jars of cigarettes provided on the tables. “Well it’s relaxing and everyone was relaxed,” replied stylist Jessica Paster. One actress not lighting up was Erika Christensen, who instead filled a plastic bag with over a pound of candy from the self-serve bar on the way out. She and her date even tore into the gift bag at the distribution table before deciding they actually didn’t need the Clarisonic skin care brush and Essie nail polish. “I love Essie, but I don’t need to take this,” she said. Once downstairs in the hotel’s driveway, the reason for her desire to travel light became apparent. “We’re going to get out of here so much faster than everyone waiting for their cars,” said Christensen as she swapped her heels for biking shoes and took off on her bike.