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The Scoop: Inside the Toronto SMUT Soiree

Gossip and style lovers turned out in droves to get the good dirt at the sold-out 8th annual SMUT Soiree in Toronto

Lainey Gossip's Elaine Lui (second from right) with fellow co-hosts of The Social

Lainey Gossip’s Elaine Lui (second from right) with fellow co-hosts of new talk show, The Social / Photo by Pimentel and Mirza Noormohamed

If you’re going to gossip, gossip in style. That’s what 1,000 well-dressed guests did last night at the sold-out Lainey Gossip SMUT Soiree at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, where gossip blogger and eTalk host Lainey Lui mingled with fans—some travelling from as far as Spain—and then took the stage to talk smut. Lainey was joined by actor (and former FLARE columnist) Dan Levy, as well as the co-hosts of her upcoming talk show, CTV’s The Social.  It was the third Soiree this year in Canada, following sold-out events in Vancouver and Calgary. Check out our FLARE Was There photo gallery from all three cities to see what everyone was wearing.

The space buzzed not just with chatter, but with colour and pattern. The crowd, mainly women, was all about bright colours and eye-catching prints—including Lainey’s mother, the famous Squawking Chicken, in a turquoise, orange and lime-green button-up. We also spotted at least three floral headbands—Lainey Gossip style blogger Sasha Tong, also in attendance, must have been proud. In the sticky heat, guests sipped Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Jacob’s Creek Moscato, while TRESemme stylists tackled frizzy hair. Nibbles included cupcakes and chocolate treats from Skinny Cow. (Our favourite fashion statement of the night might have been the servers’ cow-print bow ties.)

Dan Levy addresses the crowd

Dan Levy addresses the crowd / Photo by Pimentel and Mirza Noormohamed

Onstage, Lainey gabbed with Levy and her fellow Social-ites—Melissa Grelo, Traci Melchor and Cynthia Loyst—about Taylor Swift (and her overbearing parents); Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively (“Blake runs that relationship”); Paul Rudd (“He’s THAT guy. He’s the douche in Vegas pulling out his iPhone and telling you how his stocks are moving”); and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow (Those rumours involving Kate Bosworth? “100 percent true”). The blogger also revealed answers to several of her (in)famous blind items…but we can’t tell you (sorry to be a tease!).

As for what Lainey was wearing: a baggy floral-and-stripes mixed-print shift dress, black matte nerd glasses from Levy’s new eyewear line, D.L. Eyewear, and her beloved Balenciaga nude oxfords with an enormous chunky heel. Opinion on her footwear was divided, but then again, Lainey always knows how to get people talking.

For more on Lainey’s blog-to-big-time success story, stay tuned for the August issue of FLARE, on newsstands July 15.

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