GQ's 2010 'Men of the Year' party: Kid Rock, Rosario Dawson, the Situation and a gaggle of 'Glee'
In one corner of the garden party, actor Corey Stoll ("Law & Order: Los Angeles") and girlfriend Nadia Bowers stood beside the towering hedgerow chatting with an animated Rosario Dawson, who added a splash of color to the evening's otherwise somber palette with a red floral-print cap-sleeve Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress.
Across the courtyard, Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") and Mindy Kaling ("The Office") could be seen earnestly discussing the merits of the indoor versus the outdoor bar, while familiar folks like Steve Buscemi, Johnny Knoxville and Jesse Eisenberg milled about.
There was a whole gaggle of "Glee" folks in the house (more than half a dozen by our count) -- including an Armani-clad Corey Monteith, Jayma Mays in a black-and-white chiffon Paule Ka cocktail dress and honoree Chris Colfer (dubbed GQ's "diva of the year"), in a navy blue, two-piece Dior Homme wool suit.
Menswear designer Simon Spurr (one of GQ's three designers of the year -- along with Michael Bastian and Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg) was a notable standout in a gray-and-cream exploded-gingham three-piece suit from his own fall 2010 collection, and Kid Rock ("musician of the year") continued to write his own fashion rules, turning out in jeans, cowboy hat, sunglasses and what technically must have been a shearling vest but looked like a cross between a bearskin rug and a feather boa.
One of the night's most interesting situations surrounded Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Yes, the serial ab exposer from "Jersey Shore" and casualty of "Dancing With the Stars" spent most of his evening posing for personal pictures with party-goers on the patio. In just the 10 minutes we were chatting with him, he must have posed for at least 10 cellphone photos.
The last thing we remember before lapsing into a Q-rating-overdose coma was actor Zach Braff ("Scrubs") approaching Sorrentino with a camera in hand.
"With all these people here, my girlfriend would really like to have her picture taken with you," Braff said with a mix of incredulity and admiration. "Is that OK?"
Of course, Sorrentino was more than happy to oblige, making that photo op easily the strangest situation of the night.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: From left, Kid Rock, Chris Colfer, Rosario Dawson and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino were among the constellation of stars that turned out to GQ's 2010 "Men of the Year" party at the Chateau Marmont on Nov. 17, 2010. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images