Photos: George Pimentel Photography and Brian Summers
All par for the course at the affair put on by this very magazine in celebration of Hello! Canada's annual 50 Most Beautiful issue. With the party happily crescendo-ing way past its allocated time and a crowd that was clearly in the mood to celebrate dynamite DNA, it all started swimmingly enough when the one-and-only Dan Aykryod arrived there, on the third floor of the Shangri-La Hotel.
“It's my mother's favourite magazine,” Dan was heard to say.
Rocking his signature Blues Brother shades and literally opting for BYOB – Dan cannily cradled a ginormous bottle of his own famed Crystal Head Vodka – the legend also stopped to partake in some inevitable selfies. (What's a party without 'em?) “Did you know Aykroyd was once engaged to Carrie Fisher, in the early 80s?” I shared with some guests, some time later on the adjacent terrace (yours truly always being available to bring out a celebrity factoid from the mists of time).
In another quarter of the soiree, Olympic ice-dancing champ Tessa Virtue - looking sensational in Yigal Azrouël and sporting a very Katy Perry ponytail - talked sports with Rogers Publishing's head honcho Steve Maich. In another, those two tall drinks of water known as TV's Property Brothers – Jonathan and Drew Scott – caused various orbits of swoon in the room. “Together we make up one beautiful person,” they joked to me. Also working the room, among the many: that comely Canadian opera singer Sharleen Joynt, having escaped the clutches of Juan Pablo, with whom she appeared on the last cycle of The Bachelor.
There were so many waves of people from fashion, entertainment, and business that, at one point, Hello! Canada's enterprising editor-in-chief, Alison Eastwood, had to duck out to the restroom… to tweet! “People kept coming up to me, and I didn't want to be rude, fiddling with the phone,” she explained later, laughing. “The bathroom was the only place to tweet!”
And there you have it.
Photo: Unknown, Halston and Andy Warhol, ca. 1979, Courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum
To Pittsburgh I went last weekend where I happened upon Gloria Gaynor belting out “I Will Survive" at the 20th anniversary gala for the Andy Warhol Museum, held in his hometown. Considering that one of Warhol's silk screens fetched a record $8.7 million at auction the previous month, and the gala had managed to attract people from all over the world, methinks Gaynor's anthem was apt where the iconic pop icon is concerned.
Co-chaired by designer Diane Von Furstenberg, an early Warhol muse, and Baby Jane Holzer (pretty much the Kim Kardashian of her time!), the benefit also coincided with a very interesting exhibition called 'Silver and Suede,” an exploration of the way the worlds of Halston and Warhol (pictured above) collided in those gauzy days of Studio 54.
Speaking of tweeting… it was one party where someone quipped to me that it'd be rude not to! Mr. 15 Minutes of Fame was, after all, doing back then what the whole world is obsessed with now - documenting our lives. Oh, and just imagine what he – the first video artist – would have made of YouTube, and even Instagram?!
The Canadian contingent was well-represented here, by the way, courtesy of one of the country's very top collectors, Larry Wasser. He sits on the board of the Andy Warhol Museum, and he'd made the trip from Toronto with a whole tribe of black-tie-ready enthusiasts.
Back in Toronto, one of Hello!'s 50 Most Beautiful Canadians,Rachel McAdams, was just spotted grabbing some haute culture in The Distillery district. The hometown cutie and her beau, Patrick Sambrook, snuck into the Soulpepper Theatre Company for its production of Of Human Bondage, based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel.
Look for Shinan's “Last Word” interview in the print issue of HELLO! This week, he goes one on one with Fashion Police star Kelly Osbourne (who dishes on costar Joan Rivers!)