PHOTOS Amanda Bynes makes rare public appearance — how is she doing now?

Amanda Bynes Now - 2015

Amanda Bynes seemed happy and healthy during her first public outing since early June — and that is in especially stark contrast to last fall, when she was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold.

The former child star, now 29, was photographed on Thursday night with friends after designer Michael Costello and Style PR’s capsule collection launch party in Los Angeles.

Amanda Bynes Michael Costello Event

Another person who attended the event told E! News Amanda stayed for an hour, during which time she seemed to be “in good spirits” and wasn’t “out of control.” She wore a form-fitting, mesh dress, black pumps and (despite the darkness outside) oversized sunglasses.

How is Amanda Bynes now

The last official word from her attorney, David Esquibias, came in June when he told People Amanda is managing much better these days. He added, “She appreciates all of the love and support she received from her family, friends, and fans.” Her parents’ lawyer, Tamar Arminak, added Amanda was working on her fashion designs.

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  • Guest

    She looks so much better! Happy for her and her family, and hope she keeps up the progress!

    • jennifer.fie
  • Guest

    The Queen is back!

  • twelfthnight

    She looks good! If that’s her real hair she needs a new stylist because it looks like a halloween wig, but otherwise she’s looking much healthier.

  • Amber

    Her story, much like Britney’s, was incredibly sad. While entertaining at first, before it became obvious that she was suffering from untreated mental health issues, it was heartbreaking to see it unfold and for what seemed like a long period of time. I’m glad she is doing better and on the right path. Hopefully she finds long term stability, peace, and happiness. Best wishes to her!

  • BEBE

    Good for her!