Last Night's Parties: Neil Patrick Harris, RuPaul Kick Off Outfest 2011; Taryn Manning & More Celebrate The Shay Todd Flagship

by Emily Green · July 8, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris, Rex Lee, RuPaul, Wilmer Valderrama, and Tori Spelling (don't ask) step out for the LGBT filmmaking community at the Outfest 2011 Opening Night Gala screening downtown; Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Taryn Manning and Maria Menounos snack on sushi and shop bikinis as Melrose gets a new place to snag some sexy summer beach gear with the opening of the Shay Todd flagship—summer is a little slow but not that slow, so get all the pressing details on what went down Thursday in L.A. with today's edition of Last Night's Parties. [Neil Patrick Harris, Kirsten Schaffer, David Burtka photo via]

Outfest 2011: 29th Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Opening Night Gala Screening Of Gun Hill Road

Where: Orpheum Theatre Who Was There: Calpernia Addams, Chaz Bono, Dan Bucatinsky, David Burtka, Dean McDermott, Esai Morales, Fenton Bailey, Jai Rodriguez, Judy Reyes, Madison Hildebrand, Maria Conchita Alonso, Neil Patrick Harris, Q. Allan Brocka, Randy Barbato, Raquel Castaneda, Rex Lee, Richard Ruccolo, RuPaul, Sheldon Larry, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Tori Spelling, Travis Wall, Wilmer Valderrama, Jennifer Elia, Harmony Santana, Drew Droege, Nicholas Downs, Noah Schiffman, Houston Rhines, Kristen Schaffer, Tyler Ross, Mike Manning, Jeremy Dozier, Kyle Blitch, Keo Woolford, Ryan Boggus, Ryan O'Connor, Graham LaBass, Glen Gaylord, Jen LaFronte, Kathy Huang, Michelle Bonilla, Veronica Kedar, Amir Fishman, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Matthew Ludwinski, Allison Lane, James St. James. Other Details: Outfest 2011, L.A.'s oldest continuously-running film fest celebrating the gay and lesbian independent filmmaking community, kicked off last night with the grand premiere of Gun Hill Road. For this first night of the 11-day film fest, stars Judy Reyes and Esai Morales of Rashaad Ernesto Green's film walked the red carpet outside downtown's Orpheum Theatre, along with supporters of the event including Neil Patrick Harris, Rex Lee, and one of the original NY Club Kids of the '80s James St. James. And, probably to remind the world they still exist, a very pregnant Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott were also in attendance. Don't worry guys, unfortunately we have not forgotten about you despite how much we wish we could. [RuPaul, Maria Conchita photo via]

Shay Todd Flagship Store Opening

Where: Shay Todd Flagship Store, West Hollywood Who Was There: Allison Melnick, Apollonia, Bill Kaulitz, George Blodwell, Heidi Blair, Kendra Cole, Lawrence Bender, Leila Askarnia, Maria Menounos, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Michael Baruch, Rachel Sterling, Rachel Zalis, Shay Haley, Shay Todd, Shiro Gutzie, Shoshana Bush, Slade Laura Wiggins, Ryan Walsh, Justin Resnick, Greg Link, Karim Abay, Laura Vienonen, Martin Genis, Paul Weinberg, Michael Babil, Michelli Buback, Grace Burr, Nicole Haase, Michelle Marie, Leila Askarnia, Bella Dayne, Jessica Martin, Tracy Cunningham, Tyler Mahoney, Gareth Bromell, William Moore, Leslie Pam, Ann Petersen, Amanda Leibel, Willie Maldonado, Stefanie Keenan, Taryn Manning, Tom Kaulitz. Other Details: In honor of their new Melrose digs, last night resortwear designer Shay Todd and the line's co-founder Shiro Gutzie hosted a swanky Shay Todd flagship store opening event. Although eating and drinking aren't necessarily conducive to trying on bikinis, guests like Maria Menounos and Taryn Manning happily enjoyed the passed trays of sushi and cocktails through the night as they shopped the line's summer collection. The glistening white store was packed with swimwear, cover-ups and summery staples like breezy dresses and rompers, giving L.A. a new place to hit for all those last minute beach and poolside style needs. [Taryn Manning photo via]