On the Town with Shinan: Taylor Swift and Mick Jagger mingle at the Brit Awards bash

By Shinan Govani

With the Oscars done like dinner, the celebrity axis moved, definitively, to the UK this week – to the Brit Awards! After everything was said and sang and fallen (if nothing else, Madonna knows how to get maximum publicity from a tumble!), the most A-list after-partiers beat a path to a bash hosted by Universal Music at a secret Soho House pop–up in London.

Hosted jointly by BACARDI and Soho House, it was clearly the party to beat on one of the most important nights in the British music calendar, as even Mick Jagger will tell you. Mick, who is a great-grandfather at this crucial point in history but forever and ever au courant, held court with Taylor Swift at one point. (Side-note: What was Mick doing in 1989, the seminal year of The Swift? Ah, yes: While she busy being born, he was already inducted that year into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame!)

Jagger-Swift? I like the sound of it. Can we expect to see them taking a page out of the recent Paul McCartney-Rihanna-style collaboration? One can hope. One can extrapolate.

Mixing nicely, too, at the party was Ellie Goulding and Karlie Kloss, who – having left her precious wings behind for the night – huddled with the Victoria’s Secret elite, including Cara Delevinge and Rosie-Huntington–Whitley. Karlie and Cara hit the dance floor with Taylor, dancing to the beats of Nick Grimshaw, the “It Boy” showing off his DJ skills. Rosie did likewise when her boyfriend, Jason Statham, showed up sometime later.

VIP artists, arriving in style in chauffeured Audi Cars from the awards, entered through a sensory tunnel into a transformed space dominated by the sprawling branches of a tree-like installation. Decorated in signature Soho-House style, with low-level lighting and vintage furniture, guests – some of whom whom were only happy to escape the deep freeze in New York – were served bespoke BACARDI cocktails such as the “Perfect Storm” and “Old Cuban.” The food was definitely non-Buckingham (think: hot dogs and sausage rolls).

Meanwhile, back at home:

Bryan Adams had the right idea when, passing through Toronto this week, he made a middle-of-the-day visit to the major Basquiat exhibition, on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Checking it out with a friend, he followed up the artsy pilgrimage with a drop-in at the Soho House on Adelaide, where the “Everything I Do, I Do It For You” singer – looking oh-so Dorian Gray – had himself some apple pie and ice cream.

Also:

Well, that’s a wrap: TV’s How To Get Away With Murder just had its extra-juicy season finale. Next stop for Viola Davis? Toronto. As eTalk confirmed this week, the top leading lady will indeed star in the latest DC film, Suicide Squad, set to shoot in Canada this spring – and it’s a casting that got some die-hards in a tizzy. Viola will play Squad handler Amanda Waller, a groundbreaking figure in the comics universe, with one Vulture columnist describing the role as “a more energetic Dick Cheney, expect black and female and (slightly) less evil.” In addition, Viola joins a conga line of previously announced stars in the production, including Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.

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