As Vanity Fair and USA celebrated the cable network's 2010 Character Approved honorees -- folks like Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, Blue Hill's Dan Barber and Narciso Rodriguez -- last night at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC building, Alexandra Richards kept the suits and the slinky cocktail dresses moving with her selections from behind the DJ booth.
"This isn't really a dance music crowd," said the 23-year old iTunes jockey, surveying the space from her perch above with a hint of amusement. "But it's a nice after-work party, and it's been snowing all day, so I'll just kind of funk it up with some new stuff."
Funk it up she did, crouched over her laptop, blond hair draped over silvery headphones that were wedged between ear and shoulder, and burning through tracks from the likes of MIA, Santigold and even Bob Marley.
Tinsley Mortimer and Constantine Maroulis certainly seemed to dig the sounds, swilling Veuve Clicquot and gracefully chatting up every hobnobber who infiltrated their radius without ever losing synch with the beat. But you had to wonder, what would dad think?
"You know when he's around, I try not to play it cool. I am all about oldies and reggae." Then, considering the slightly bass-heavy remix that was emanating from the speakers, she added, "but I never play this kind of music with him... it doesn't happen."