Story by Leslie D. Weinberg and John Forrester Photos by Leslie D. Weinberg
2013 Brit Week Celebrates Downton Abbey party was delightfully decadent while being oh so proper and elegant. British high-style and culture ruled the night with gentlemen in top hats and tails, and the ladies resplendent in very large hats, gloves and beaded finery.
The dress was less dowdy than Downton Abbey as the guests channeled the flamboyant flapper era of crazed jazzy decadence.
Perhaps this was also an homage to the expectant ‘Great Gatsby’ movie. British design icon Zandra Rhodes looked ‘absolutely fabulous’ still rocking flaming pink hair. She is the eternal queen of punk elegance. Other notable guests included; Downton Abbey Executive- Producer Gareth Neame, Star Laura Carmichael, (Lady Edith,) Actors John Savage, Blanca Blanco and Fred Willard, Comedienne Jo Anne Worley, and Designer Sue Wong.
The lush gardens and terrace of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows served as a stunning backdrop for this A-list glamorous party. Revellers delighted in the 1920s music from Richard Halpern & his band and in the special live dance performances. White gloved waiters delivered tea cups filled with gin fizzies and caviar shooters with vodka and dollops of heavy cream, and other delectable treats from Fig restaurant, while bar keeps kept the booze flowing with custom, pre-prohibition era cocktails.
With the intoxicating beauty of the crowd mixed with the opaque sky at nightfall and the serene ocean breezes, you were brought back to the fantasy of roaring ‘20’s.
Proceeds from the evening benefitted Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest volunteer supported mentoring network.
Learn more about Brit Week here.