Inspired by the adventure of Phileas Fogg’s extravagant 80 day adventure, The Global Party wrapped it all up into one long 2-day event.
By Shira Karsen
If ever you wanted to attend one of the world’s largest parties, Friday, September 16th (or Thursday September 15th depending on what hemisphere you’re in) was your night. Thanks to The Global Party, 80 cities from Shanghai to Frankfurt to yours truly were linked for one night with the purpose of raising money for any charity located on the continent you happened to be on. While guests at the Ocean in Copenhagen sipped champagne, party-goers at Bungalow 8 in London sampled vodka martinis and scotch on the rocks. Meanwhile back in the states, Manhattanites hailed cabs heading towards trendy hotspot Greenhouse, and here in the district our D.C. elite slipped on their heels for K street’s Lima Lounge to benefit and Rock the Vote.
Guests spent the night dancing to the beats of selected rotating DJ’s, including 8 mile star Taryn Manning (yeah, we haven’t thought about her since 2002 either) and taking bites of assorted “global” cuisine prepared in-house by chef Raynold Mendizabal. Everything in Lima was illuminated, from the brightly lit floor to the female models (what?) courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue and Roche Salon. Even young starlet and Dooney and Bourke model Hayden Panettiere made an appearance, chatting it up with local gallery and business owners, always remembering to occasionally stop and smile for the camera to show just how clear her Proactive-washed skin can be. At the end of the night guests were given a silver key meant to “unlock” the international Global Party, but we think it’s that little something to help with the age old problem of remembering what part of the world you went to bed in the night before.