By Anna Sekula Posted April 21, 2008, 1:36 PM EDT
Every year Condé Nast Traveler draws hundreds of celebrities, advertisers, and journalists to its Hot List party, taking over the latest hotspot with a vast array of sponsors. This year's event, held Thursday night at Mansion (the club in the space that once housed Crobar), was no different—except it was bigger, with a larger guest list and more sponsors than ever. Hosted by the magazine’s editor in chief, Klara Glowczewska, and vice president and publisher Elizabeth H. Hughes, the 1,100 attendees (among them Adrien Brody, Ashlee Simpson, Delta Goodrem, and the San Diego Chargers’ Shawne Merriman) joined 13 sponsors including Qantas, Patron, Porsche, and the Mandarin Oriental.
Building on last year’s themed lounges, the party's individual vignettes offered more than static displays. Sheraton created several areas to showcase many of the hotel’s offerings, including a Wii golf station. Australian airline Qantas flaunted its fancy new first-class seats, and Porsche paraded its newest vehicle in front of the DJ booth. The travel publication brought in DJ Lady Miss Kier of '80s band Deee-Lite to spin tunes for the event.