Flaunt magazine honors Norman Reedus with Beverly Hills bash

Flaunt magazine honors Norman Reedus with Beverly Hills bash
Attendees at Tuesday's Flaunt dinner at Hakkasan included honoree Norman Reedus, left, Diane Kruger and Los Angeles Laker Nick Young. (Rob Latour / Invision / Associated Press)

Flaunt magazine and denim brand Cult of Individuality came together Tuesday night to throw a Beverly Hills dinner party so star-studded we walked away with a serious case of periodical envy.

The dinner was held to honor actor Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead") who appears on the cover of the L.A.-based magazine's "location issue"(#140), which is currently on newsstands. It might be tempting to dub the whole affair a pre-release party, but Flaunt's March issue actually hit the streets in mid-February.

Although Reedus was the man of the hour, he wasn't the only cover celebrity at the table. In a pre-dinner round of congratulatory toasts a Flaunt staffer lifted a glass in recognition of "three covers over the last six months" — the other two being Diane Kruger (issue #138) and Aaron Paul (#136).

Also at the table (well, three tables, actually) were burlesque queen Dita Von Teese (a former Flaunt cover herself who crops up in the periodical's pages on a not infrequent basis), recording artist Ty Dolla $ign and Los Angeles Laker / fashion plate Nick Young, who told us he's appearing in an eight-page fashion spread in Flaunt's next issue (the "elixir issue," #141), which should be hitting newsstands sometime next week.

Before sitting down to dinner we unexpectedly found ourselves elbow-to-elbow with Reedus and, since we're not regular "Walking Dead" watchers, we decided to ask him about his April 4 surprise in-character cameo during "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update segment.

"It was totally a bucket-list moment for me," Reedus said. "The real weird thing was, I'm standing there offstage waiting to go on and I look at the guys and they're sitting there at the [anchor] desk in shirts, ties and jackets from the waist up but from the waist down they're in shorts and sneakers."

Which means one of two things: Either the weird wardrobe combination at the anchor desk helps with quick costume changes, or this whole athleisure trend has gotten way out of control.

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