The Event: Vanity Fair's Cocktails to Celebrate the Eleventh Tribeca Film Festival
The Date: April 17, 2012
The Venue: The State Supreme Courthouse in Manhattan
The crowd: Actors, movie producers, millionaires... and media and party reporters
The Bar: Champagne, a selection of liquor, Stella Artois and loosie cigarettes
The Food: Foie gras and other passed apps by Thomas Keller
The Swag: Don't be greedy.
Conde Nast ownership and a Hollywood-centric editorial mission seem to have combined to leave Vanity Fair as one of the last titles in position to throw a really glamorous magazine party in New York.
Time magazine's annual Time 100 Gala next Tuesday should at least match Vanity Fair's Tribeca Film Festival for actors, and ought to easily outdo it for D.C. heavyweights, but there aren't many other magazine events where photographers line up outside to bark at the stars walking in while civilians loiter across the street .
It helps attract onlookers, of course, to throw a party outside in Manhattan, but there were still more than enough big shots around to put a little charge in the air on their own, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, maybe-next-mayor Christine Quinn, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Katie Couric, Judd Apatow, Wendi Murdoch, Dakota Fanning, Billy Crystal, Gayle King, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Donna Karan, Tommy Mottola, Nora Ephron, Eric Schmidt, Tom Freston, Judy McGrath, Jets owner Woody Johnson, Helena Christianson, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Diane von Furstenberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and his son and Fox 5 news anchor Greg Kelly.
Also on hand, of course, were the hosts -- Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Gradyon Carter, Robert De Niro and Ronald Perelman -- and Conde Nast President Bob Sauerberg.
The encouragement to smoke, with cigarettes from Kamel Red and other brands on offer at both bars, were another reminder of an era that seems to be fading -- no less so because it didn't seem right to light up in front of Mayor Bloomberg.
Among a very few pinpricks in the glamor, Judd Apatow showed up in jeans and a plaid shirt. So he wound up defending to New York magazine both the new HBO show "Girls," on which he's an executive producer, and his wardrobe. In his defense, he's right that the invitation did not list a dress code. But as a public-service reminder to guests at the Time 100 next week: That one's black tie.