Bang Bang on the Bridle Path: inside the after party with Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman

Bang Bang on the Bridle Path: inside the after party with Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman

Toronto's own Malin Akerman arrives at a private residence on the Bridle Path last night for the Bang Bang Club after party (Image: Sonia Recchia/Getty Images )

Toronto’s rich and not-so-famous mingled through the house that hair built Wednesday night at the after party for Ryan Phillippe’s South African photojournalist drama The Bang Bang Club. Ray Civello, owner of the Civello salons and the man behind many of Aveda’s Canadian institutions, threw the soirée at his Bridle Path residence. A dashingly suited-up Phillippe sank into the white leather sofas of the VIP quarters, overlooking the home’s wide-open courtyard, joined by his Canadian co-star Malin Akerman. One guest remembered when the 32-year-old actress was slinging drinks back at Bar 606. “I remember when she used to clean the bathrooms,” she says. “She was King Street before it was King Street.”

The California contingent at Casa Civello described the single-floor residence with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and minimalist decor as “very L.A.” Such extravagances as a chair were hard to come by, and the walls were lined with black and white photography and framed abstract images. “He must not have kids,” one guest noted, pointing out that the master bedroom’s windows faced out onto the courtyard and didn’t appear to have any coverings.

Phillippe left his sofa only to smoke and disappeared during the party’s peak, but Akerman, draped in a flashy bright red dress that exposed her back tat, stayed until after 3 a.m., laughing with girlfriends.

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