File Fêtes Fabulous Fran

One thing appears clear after last night’s Capitol File soiree: If nothing else, the city’s new deluxe super-luxury celeb glossies are going to move the District’s evening life beyond the basic black tie dinner. Last night’s party had more in common with one of the Big Apple’s Sex and the City episodes than the typical District Nancy Reagan benefit going on across town. You might even say it had Style.

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File’s well-hyped event–honoring (of all people) Fran Drescher and her work on women’s cancer issues–took over the Adams Morgan hotspot Chloe for the evening, attracting a broad swath of about 350 of the city’s partying elite, including a mix of business people (read: potential advertisers), buzz makers, Hill and media types, and the city’s professional publicist crowd.

One guest looked around in wonder at the young stylish crowd–many straight out of a Niche Media photo shoot–and commented, “This certainly isn’t Washingtonian‘s audience, is it?”

Neither of the evening’s titular hosts–Sens. Arlen Specter and Tom Harkin–ended up in attendance, but Capitol Hill still had bipartisan representation in Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) and Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R-FL), who gave early evening guest Larry King a run for his money as “best preserved attendee.”

Wolf Blitzer worked the red carpet with Drescher and File’s playboy backer Jason Binn for a while, enjoying a social life while he can before he starts 17 hours-a-week of live TV time. Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff chatted with Time colleagues Matthew Cooper and Margaret Carlson, who took full advantage of the latter half of the party invite’s promise of “Hot personalities and cold martinis.”

More photos and notes after the jump.


AOL’s Jim Kimsey, Joe Robert, and Mike Crowley also worked the crowd, as a glowing Binn made remarks and introduced his editorial team up the sprawling center spiral staircase–which became more deadly over the course of the evening as guests imbibed further and headed out onto the roof deck for the first time of the season.

Waiters circulated with bacon-wrapped scallops, jumbo cocktail shrimp, and mini-crab cakes, as overworked bartenders hurriedly attempted to keep up with orders at the three open bars, and copies of File’s sister publications, Gotham, Hamptons, LA Confidential, and Aspen Peak littered side tables.

The two questions of the night: Could the D.C. version possibly be as thick with advertisements as Gotham? And where were you when Washington was evacuated?

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Jason Binn introduces his Capitol File beauties, a.k.a. the editorial team, as Fran Drescher looks on.

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Drescher, who was in town to push legislation on the Hill regarding women’s cancer issues, spoke briefly and was sans her trademark laugh.

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The crowd listens to Drescher.

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Wolf Blitzer greets on the red carpet, as Binn lurks in the background.

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Skadden Arps partner and former Clinton lawyer Bob Bennett chats with Binn.