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Party photos of the week: HBO Canada's Girls

The Toronto fashion set went wild for Girls star Allison Williams at a private party held by HBO Home Entertainment Canada to launch the Golden Globe-nominated first season on DVD. Held at House of Moments on Dec. 4, Ms. Williams got personal during a Q&A with Toronto celeb-whisperer Shinan Govani, revealing her Ivy League roots (a Yale graduate, no less), her Bieber-onian rise to stardom (a YouTube video caught Judd Apatow’s eye) and her sincere respect for Girls creator Lena Dunham (who everyone secretly wishes was there, too). Post prodding, Ms. Williams stepped out of her roped off area – actually, she physically removed the rope – so she could get close with her fans who were a mix of editors, fashion designers and lots and lots of girls. Local artist Beckie DiLeo did custom fashion sketches while the rest of the party crew sipped cast-inspired signature cocktails, including The Marnie, in honour of Ms. Williams’s character, which was a layer cake martini with Stoli Choco Raz, lemon juice, hazelnut and raspberries. Fans of the show will immediately ask, what was The Hannah? Why, a White Russian, of course.

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Randi Bergman during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Steven Wong from Greta Constantine (right) during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Alexandra Cioppa (left) and Ashley Lewis during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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JJ Thompson (left) and Jen Kirsch during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Amanda Etty (left) and Vanessa Falsetti during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Ali Clarke (left) and Natalie Ouelette during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Angelique Knights (right) has her picture painted by artist Beckie Di Leo during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Paige Dzenis (left) and Meredith Gillies during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Andrea Miller (left) and Gurbani Marwah during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Pasquale Casullo (left) and Isabel Slone during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Jonathan Nathaniel (left) and Angela Urquhart during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Lauren O'Neil (left) and Russ Martin during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Will Wong, Jane Man and Abby Ho during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Connie Sarvanandan (left), vice-president and general manager of HBO Canada, and Girls star Allison Williams during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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Girls star Allison Williams answers questions during HBO Canada's Girls event at House of Moments in Toronto.

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