White Tie & Tiara Ball
Another star-studded party was held by Sir Elton John yesterday in his Windsor home. Hardly had celebs said good bye to Nelson Mandela in Hyde Park as they were invited to Elton John’s 10-th Annual White Tie & Tiara Ball raising money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The Ball is an annual event hosted by Elton John and David Furnish and one of the premier fundraising events of the UK. This year the ball marks its 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the United Kingdom. This year’s sponsors include Chopard and OK! Magazine. The Ball has already raised more than £26.9 million (over $53m) since the first event in 1998.
The event is famous for its wealth of A list celebrities attracted. This year’s list included former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Sir Michael Caine, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Elizabeth Hurley with husband Arun Nayar, The O.C. star Mischa Barton, Kelly Osbourne, Rob Steward with his family, model-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn, Chris Tucker, American Idol judge Simon Cowell, Natalie Imbruglia, and many others.
Guests looked gorgeous. Jada Pinkett Smith was wearing a tight black gown with a very long train making her look just amazing against her really stylish hubby.
As for Liz Hurley she chose a stunning aquamarine strapless gown and a diamond tiara to make her look like a real princess (or a queen?).
Mischa Barton was wearing a lemon green dress with a black lacy inset and embroidered headband making her look flirty and girly. I liked the headband, not the dress.
Mischa wasn’t along to pick a headband. Model Elle MacPherson dazzled in a gold evening look, beaded gold headband and vintage embroidered shawl that made her look hippy but really glam.
Eva Herzigova was wearing a very lovely Gracian-style white gown with a yellow-brown chain ornament. Cute.
Naomi Campbell showed up too.
Generally, every year the party has a theme. “The theme this year is ‘beach party’,” says Elton’s longtime partner David Furnish. “So, we’ve got Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys playing. The aim every year is to get people to say it was the best one yet. It’s still a party in your home and Elton and I like to shake everybody’s hand personally. There is no us and them.”
Though it was a beach party, most celebs preferred more classical glam style. I personally liked Natalie Imbruglia’s black dress that stressed her slender body really well.
Elton John and David Furnish invited 620 guests who had to pay $6000 a ticket to raise even more money than last year though last year they raised $12 m at the Las Vegas party.
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