The Boldfaced Time 100 Party

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Nothing quite so surprises the leftward-slanting media elite as the disclosure that ogres can come wrapped in pretty packages. How else to explain the ceaseless exclamations of wonder -- "Wow, who knew she was so beautiful/elegant/sexy?" -- as Condi Rice skillfully worked the cocktail hour-and-a-half of the Time 100 party, held last night at New York City's Lincoln Center.
'Time' editor Jim Kelly and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People black-tie gala.
'Time' editor Jim Kelly and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People black-tie gala. Credit: AP

This black-tie bash has earned a spot alongside the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Costume Institute gala and Michael's Cobb Salad Appreciation Day as one of the year's must-attends for pop culture's ruling class. They were all there, splitting sides over Stephen Colbert and bopping to Paul Simon -- who drew his own laughs when he altered a famous lyric ("We was all on the cover of Newsweek") by falling silent and waving his hands vaguely just where he would have mentioned his host's archrival.

Questions of the night: Why was P. Diddy wearing shades in the men's room? How did J. Lo's butt look in that dress? Why was Harvey Weinstein being so nice? How was it that Wynton Marsalis could deliver a stirring toast without notes while Katie Couric had to stiffly read off a teleprompter? Was Martha more or less riveting minus last year's ankle accessory? And what were Mort and Arianna whispering about? Adland was ably represented by the likes of Sir Martin, Pat Fallon and adman-cum-dreamy-talk-show-host Donny D. Almost-out-of-Time Jim Kelly basked in a warm glow that rubbed off his boss, Ann Moore, and his boss' boss, Dick Parsons.
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