Windsor is normally a quiet, restrained town – but not last night when hordes of A-listers (like Glee’s Matthew Morrison, David Walliams and Lara Stone, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Cole, Scissor Sister’s Jake Shears), descended upon Elton John’s palatial pad for the 12th annual White Tie and Tiara Ball.
You can’t half tell Gaga is in town – because she clearly inspired the theme for the evening. As soon as I enter Sir Elt’s gi-normous garden I feel like I’m walking into a scene from A Clockwork Orange via a mental asylum on the way to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Think waiters wearing white doctor’s jackets and black bowler hats with one eye heavily mascara’d; “patients” dangling from trees via the straps of their straight-jackets; statues with bandages wrapped around them; plates and tea-cups lying smashed around tree beds; tea trolleys set haphazardly with crockery sitting abandoned…
Despite the very cool, but slightly macabre vibe, the 680 guests are sunshiny and happy. And rather stylish. Glee’s Matthew Morrison (aka teacher Mr Schuester) is looking extremely dapper (and so much sexier in the flesh) in a Dolce and Gabbana suit. And he wins me right over when he admires my vintage dress (well, it’s not every day an all-singing, all-dancing hunk with the body of a God gives me compliments). And ladies, the good news is that he’s in Blighty for a little bit longer. “I’m sticking around in London at the moment because I’m making an album,” he says. Hurrah!
I get chatting to an adorable Alan Carr who tells me he’s lost his pal Gok Wan and I stroll into dinner behind David Walliams and Lara Stone (Mr W is so loved up that he can’t stop hugging his gorgeous new missus and whispering in her ear). As I’m ordering an extra serving of bread with my meal, a gorgeous Kate Beckinsale (wearing Marchesa) sweeps past looking trim and, well, pretty much perfect. I cancel my bread order.
But at around midnight, the woman whom Elton John announces as “my hero” takes to the stage. Gaga is in the house and she causes such excitement that even the most elegant female guests hoik up their gowns to rush to the stage. The divine Lady G manages 5 costume changes in 45 minutes – well, frankly, we wouldn’t expect anything less. But needless to say, they all required a very good bikini wax.
As well as having the most awe-inspiring voice (the girl can belt out a tune) she’s got the most toned, taut bottom I’ve ever seen. Forget Michelle Obama arms – I want a Gaga butt.
But we can’t forget the reason for the evening – to raise much-needed funds for the Elton John Aids Foundation. For further information on the the White Tie and Tiara ball and how you can donate to this important cause, click here
By Danielle Hine