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April 16, 2009

Hot List 2009: Party On!

by Beata Loyfman

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler sends scores of writers out all over the globe to find the hottest new hotels, spas, bars, and restaurants (anonymously, of course). Their experiences are then compiled into the annual Hot List.

This sort of thing calls for a celebration, and last night the Hot List was feted at NYC's Pranna restaurant. Yours truly (wo)manned the red carpet to chat with the travel-loving celebs who turned out to party with us. Here's a look beyond the velvet ropes:

Justin Tranter arrives in style.
Photo: Patrick Butler

Justin Tranter, of the band Semi Precious Weapons, christened the red carpet with a bang. Wearing a pair of stiletto boots with tights, a leather jacket, and some of his custom Fetty jewelry, Justin set the bar high for red carpet shock factor. But he was as passionate about travel as he was about getting our attention. His travel must-haves: exactly three pairs of pantyhose and black eyeliner. Never leave home without 'em.

Bronx-born singer Kat Deluna usually brings more than that, but she had a great packing tip: roll your clothes into "egg-rolls" to save space and put all hair and make-up products into zip-lock bags. Next up for Kat is choosing the destination of her new video, either Cuba or Brazil. It's a tough call, Kat. We sympathize.

Actress Kim Raver told us about her upcoming trip to France. Traveling with two young children has its own challenges, but Kim has some tricks up her sleeve: bring plenty of hand wipes and doubles of everything, that way you're never caught off guard with baby, ahem, fluids. 

The award for the coolest celebrity guest goes to actress Sherri Saum of HBO's In Treatment. Not only did she tell us all about her amazing recent trip to Israel and her favorite hotel (the Four Seasons Chicago), but she also hung out and chatted with us until the party's end. At one point, she was checking out baby pictures from the wallet of our very own Ombudsman, Sanjay Surana.

Check out the video (above) for more inside the Hot List festivities. Click here for a list of all the winners.


Scenes like this actually make me feel bad for celebs. The way the photographers talk to to them and try to get them to pose...that's how I would talk to a mildly intelligent puppy. The highlight was the Fleetwood Mac notes at the end.

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