While gamers and the gaming-enthused headed to Take-Two’s annual E3 kickoff party Monday night, the interactive software company’s bash was anything but an evening focused on video games and tech. Instead, attendees and stars like Tracee Ellis Ross (above, left), Rashida Jones (above, right), and Freida Pinto were treated to a music- (and grub-) filled fete at Cecconi's in West Hollywood, Calif., with many on hand to catch a glimpse of Chance the Rapper’s high-energy performance.
“Chance the Rapper is the reason I’m here. Giant fan. That’s my favorite mix tape album in a very long time,” Jones, who rocked a black cape DKNY jacket, Suno floral printed dress, and black Steve Madden heels to the casual-chic party, told InStyle. As for what song she hoped to hear that night, the Angie Tribeca star told us the hip hop star’s “Smoke Break” was at the top of her list.
It was sort of a girls’ night out for Jones, who met up with her good friend Ross inside the bash. The ever-fashion forward Blackish star stunned at the event in a yellow floral Marni jumpsuit, Dior heels, and her “trusty” Alexander McQueen black jacket. While she topped her look with “T-Murda” emblazoned gold hoop earrings, the actress kept her rapper alter ego at bay for the night. When asked what song T-Murda would choose to battle Chance the Rapper with if she had the chance, Ross told InStyle, “I would never. I wouldn’t even. No, no. T-Murda would bow down is what she would do. She would say, ‘Give me some pointers, buddy. Can we rub shoulders, and can you tell me how this works?’”
Pinto (above, right) also joined the duo inside, bringing on the glam in strappy blue Stuart Weitzman stilettos and a colorful, sequined Burberry dress she told us felt “very LA.” As the actress enjoyed a cocktail and mingled with friends, partygoers munched on a large assortment of bites, including stacked lamb skewers, tuna tartare cones, and short rib grilled cheese sandwich bites. They were also privy to the three signatures cocktails on hand, the Union Mezcal Paloma, the Antigua, and the Moscow Mule.
Chance the Rapper soon hit the stage for a nearly 20-minute performance, and as he did, A-List founder Ashlee Margolis walked with Jones and Ross towards the front of the crowd, with the ladies smiling and holding hands as they made their way up. Meanwhile, Empire star Serayah (above) and Russell Simmons enjoyed the show from their seats in the elevated outdoor VIP area.
After the show, DJ Mia Moretti spun hits for the crowd in a black maxi dress, with the fashionista bringing guests clad in distressed denim and summer dresses to the dance floor with a hip hop-top 40 mix. While it was a bit chilly, the indoor/outdoor event not only felt like a kick off for E3, but also for summer.