Bilson, Byrne, And More Hit The Street For Derek Lam’s EBay Block Party
Always the actress, never the bridesmaid? Rose Byrne may play a preternaturally polished bridesmaid in the upcoming comedy Bridesmaids, hitting theaters this Friday, but the Aussie actress has yet to be in a real-life wedding party off the silver screen. “I actually had to ask one of my girlfriends, who coached me on the whole experience,” Byrne admitted last night at the Derek Lam for eBay block party. “I had no idea bridesmaids had to buy their own dresses,” she added. “They can be thousands of dollars!” With early comparisons to The Hangover, Bridesmaids has been drawing early buzz for its humor, something Byrne was apt to discuss. “Obviously you see the movie poster and it has its market,” the Damages actress said. “But it’s not a chick flick: It’s not about nail polish; it’s not about earrings; it’s about friendship and funny is funny. It’s not isolated to women at all.”
Even so, with spring in the air, there was a batch of beach weddings ahead. Because of her work schedule, Byrne was missing out on her friend’s nuptials in Thailand this Saturday, but did note the Derek Lam for eBay boho floral print maxi dress was perfect wedding-guest material. Among the five dresses crowd-sourced by online voters for the collaboration—there was also a sixth dress, a pink or black T-shirt dress, that was available specially for mobile orders—that floor-length number seemed to be the frontrunner. “I’ll fight Rose to the death for it,” Zoë Kravitz, Byrnes’ X-Men: First Class cast mate, joked before heading outside to wander the fête’s other attractions: food trucks offering everything Belgian waffles to dumplings.
Rachel Bilson, however, beat both girls to the punch. Wearing the seventies-inspired style with a classic black blazer, the actress was direct from an eight-hour flight from Nice, France, where the Chanel Resort 2012 show took over the Hotel du Cap. “It was really phenomenal,” Bilson said, wide-eyed, of the runway show, the after-party, and the dinner. “There was this Old Hollywood element to the looks. The colors were so beautiful.” Bilson has been seeing a lot of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld lately; the Kaiser recently directed her in a series of short films for Magnum ice cream. But after a month of traveling, she was looking forward to the comforts of home. “Tomorrow morning, I’m catching a flight to L.A.,” she said. “I’m excited to sleep in my own bed.”
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