Lauren Conrad made a rare appearance with the entire cast of The Hills last night on the series’ finale special. Among all of the girls on the show, Lauren has come to the forefront as the breakout style star. Teenagers all over the country emulate her looks (especially that side braid), and the phrase “as seen on Lauren Conrad” can cause an item to swiftly sell out. We’ve watched her taste evolve from that of a sporty high-school senior to a sophisticated young woman who counts Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim among her favorites. She’s no Jane Birkin, and we aren’t sure that she should be considered a fashion “expert” as her yet-to-be-released style book professes, but the girl’s come a long, long way since she made her debut on Laguna Beach back in 2004.
Take a look.