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The Beautiful People and Their Jeans from Los Angeles Daily News, August 11, 2002
by Elizabeth Snead
typed by Stacie

The opening night of the new Express flagship store at Hollywood & Highland drew more young celebs than the "Ocean's Eleven" premiere back in December.

With the sight of Orlando Bloom and Heath Ledger among the beautiful faces, the free jeans at the end of the night seemed almost unnecessary. Two of the biggest names in the guy category quickly became four, which became six and so on. Keeping up with who showed up five minutes before was the rule of the evening.

Among those joining ranks with the gorgeous imports were Matthew Perry, Vince Vaughn and British pop icon Robbie Williams. Add Rachel Hunter, Nicole Eggert, Jennifer Esposito and those cute brothers from "7th Heaven," and you've got a room full of beautiful people out to have a good time.

Bloom and Ledger hung out with their friends at a table near the bar, chatting with their pal Hunter. They did not run for the free jeans, but most women did sacrifice several minutes to dig out their favorite pair from the stack of styles on hand.

Express, a staple at most neighborhood malls, has changed its look this year, and people are starting to notice, said co-host and actress Samaire Armstrong.

"I really like their new stuff. I like that they are getting away from just jeans and basics. They seem to be growing into fun and funky." Armstrong hosted the event with Mike Erwin.