Stars come out for Elton John's glamorous annual ball
It was an evening of glitz and glamour last night as a host of stars hit Elton John’s fabulous White Tie and Tiara Ball.
The guest-list at the Beach Culture-themed bash read like a who’s who of Hollywood and included Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Eva Herzigova and Chelsea and Bill Clinton.
Of course, Elton’s best pal Elizabeth Hurley put in an appearance, and swapped her usual white dress for an ice-blue strapless gown, which she teamed with her pre-requisite tiara.
Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Elle Macpherson followed the beach theme more closely and donned flat gold sandals with a stunning tasselled dress and long statement necklaces. Her tousled tumbling locks and pretty head band added to the hippy-chick vibe.
Other guests included Mischa Barton, Gordon and Tana Ramsay, and Agyness Deyn, who attended with her latest squeeze, the Strokes musician Albert Hammond Junior.
Held at Sir Elton and David Furnish’s £20 million Windsor mansion, the party has become a huge summer society event, attracting big-name celebrities from afar.
Elton’s partner David Furnish said: ‘The theme this year is ‘beach party’ so we’ve got Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys playing.
‘The aim every year is to get people to say that it was the best one yet.’
The 620 invited guests paid £3,000 a ticket in a bid to raise even more money than last year for the Elton John Aids Foundation.
The 2007 Las Vegas-themed ball – where guests were served by waiters dressed as Elvis – raised £6.1million.
In this year’s auction Mario Testino auctioned his first private client sitting.
The house was decked out with intricate floral arrangements by celebrity florist Rob Van Helden, who has customised the blooms for each of the ten White Tie parties, which have raised more than £26.9 million since the first one in 1998.