John McCain and Will Smith hugged, Ralph Nader and Al Franken whispered, and Martha Stewart marveled in the elevator about the reception for Queen Noor.
It was just another day, just another party celebrating Time magazine’s Time 100 issue, hosted Monday at the Time Warner Center’s Frederick Rose Hall before a dinner in same.
A few others with some name recognition dropped by, including Stephen Colbert, Condoleezza Rice, Dan Brown, Jerry Bruckheimer and Korean phenom Rain, the last accompanied by preadolescent squeals that echoed down Broadway upon his entrance. (Diddy made a more fashionable entrance, avec entourage, after the cocktail hour.)
The glitzy hodge-podge that is the issue was reflected, for the second year, by the glitzy hodge-podge that was the party. Photographers weren’t limited to the three separate red carpets that led to the event; they also moseyed around the reception, lending the entire party the feel of a red carpet.
Anonymity was not an option. A host came over to ask a quietly chatting Ralph Lauren if he wanted to meet McCain, while TW’s Richard Parsons greeted a steady stream of entertainment-world royalty.
Even one veteran of the red-carpet was fazed. “There’s so much press. It’s astounding,” said Isabella Rossellini, unassumingly mulling the Cartier jewels in a quieter corner of the hall. “You just want to get through to the other side,” she continued — as Stewart hurried over to comment how Rossellini’s shawl matched the room’s decor.