About Last Night... LOFT Style Studio Launch Party at the Bowery Hotel

Elizabeth Thompson, Photos by Caroline Torem Craig

Mena Suvari, Alexis Bledel, Amanda Hearst, and Alexa Chung stopped by the Bowery Hotel last night for the launch of Ann Taylor's new offshoot LOFT Style Studio. Geared for a slightly younger shopper, the collection features ensembles curated by stylists Tina Chai, Kate Young, Joanne Blades and Alia Ahmed-Yahia for young women whose night looks are their day looks. Chung started the evening off with a DJ set featuring lots of '60s pop and some Pulp thrown in for good measure, and was surrounded by a coterie, including friend and designer Henry Holland, who shooed away reporters and photographers from the DJ booth. Maggie Gyllenhaal, however, was up for a chat. Gyllenhaal, dressed in a flowy ACNE top and a striped cardigan by LOFT, says, like most New Yorkers, she's determined to dress for spring despite our yo-yoing temperatures. She's also looking to stock up on "some practical dresses that you don't have to wear a bra with and can get dirty" for summer. (But she'll probably just end up getting something from American Apparel, she supposes). Meanwhile a group of tweed-coated young men lingered near the stage, waiting for Ra Ra Riot to begin their set and a group of girls decided that the weather was too nice outside not to drink their champagne in the outside garden.

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