Not Your Average Book Party

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When Hamish Bowles signed copies of Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People at the Oscar de la Renta boutique in West Hollywood on December 4, it was definitely not your average Barnes & Noble-style affair. Fashionistas, including Jacinda Barrett, Angie Harmon, and Jennifer Morrison upped the glam factor in elegant dresses from the designer. “I think it’s fantastic,” Barrett tells PEOPLE as she picked up her signed copy of the book, which includes Madonna’s English countryside retreat along with de la Renta’s posh pad on the coast of the Dominican Republic. “I’ve seen a lot of these stories in their original prints so I was very excited to come see the compilation,” added the new mom, who showed off her post-baby bod in a black and cognac print dress. While Harmon fawned over a sweater coat and jacket hanging on the racks, and Morrison pointed out a dress in the window which she had worn to a previous event, a vintage-clad Ginnifer Goodwin checked out the housewares, which were displayed upstairs in the first and only Oscar de la Renta Home store. “Do you think they’d notice if I took the mother-of-pearl-dinner tray and stuffed it in my purse?’” joked Goodwin. Despite getting spilled on earlier, Harmon sums up the night: “When you get Vogue and Oscar together in this setting, it’s just perfection.”

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