British aristos, American royals and music divas flocked to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on Saturday to ogle the display of vintage cars and motorbikes at the annual Louis Vuitton Classic. They spent the atypically beautiful English summer evening drinking Veuve Clicquot, eating potted shrimp and dancing to Lionel Richie, who performed after dinner.
The guests — many of whom arrived by helicopter — included Waddesdon’s owner Lord Jacob Rothschild, his wife, Lady Serena, and his son Nathaniel; Prince Pavlos and Marie-Chantal of Greece; Eugenia Sliussarenko; India Hicks; Matthew Mellon; Alexandra von Furstenberg; Tim Jeffries, and Patrick Cox.
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Hip-hop diva Kelis, dressed unapologetically in jeans and sparkly emerald green boots, showed off her new gold teeth stamped with letters that spelled out T-A-S-T-Y.
“I just got them done in America,” she said with a big, glittery smile. (For the record, she removed them before she ate her dinner.)
Even Amanda Hearst, who’s been working at the Michael Hue-Williams Gallery in London, was wowed by the grandeur of it all.
“That house is just so beautiful,” she said, gazing at the sprawling estate that’s modeled after a 16th-century French Renaissance chateau. “You don’t see many like them in America.”
On Tuesday, American benefactors of the London Symphony Orchestra — including Christine Schwarzman, Audrey Gruss, Susan Gutfreund and Sharon Bush — descended on The Orangery at Kensington Palace for a luncheon, joining designers Jacques Azagury, Bruce Oldfield and Zandra Rhodes, who have all in the past designed for members of the Royal Family. The Americans’ visit marked the 100th anniversary of the LSO. That night, they met Prince Charles for dinner and a private concert at Windsor Castle, and on Wednesday they attended a concert at the Barbican with Queen Elizabeth II — who wasn’t wearing Zandra.