Celebrity Costume Party!
Let them eat birthday cake! For his 50th in London last April, Captain Fantastic Elton John wowed some 600 of his nearest and dearest in an $80,000 Louis XIV-style confection. Said pal Billy Joel of the bash: "It was like being back in the '60s."
Hugh Grant donned an academic gown—or was it Dracula's cape?—when he knocked back a glass of Chateau Cantenac-Brown in the Bordeaux region of France, where he was an honored guest at a June tasting.
Parliament-Funkadelic soul man Bootsy Collins had stars in his eyes and a feather in his cap at his induction into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May.
Reinforcing their image as a fun couple, former Bay watcher Pamela Lee and rocker husband Tommy did the lampshade thing for the January American Music Awards in L.A.
"I call it an undress because there's so little of it," says Moesha star Sheryl Lee Ralph of the outfit she wore last May in L.A. at her seventh annual Divas: Simply Singing! party, a charity bash for AIDS work. The daring minimum of spangles and bangles was created by designer Linda Stokes.
There was no software—or ready-to-wear—at the Renaissance-theme bash that Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen threw last May for some 300 revelers he flew into Venice.
1 Music mogul Quincy Jones hit the bubbly in a gondola.
2 Robin Williams (with wife Marsha), who had never met Allen previously, said, "It's a 'Hi, I'm a billionaire, let's have a party' kind of a thing."
3 Geena Davis and estranged director-hubby Renny Harlin donned daring headgear.
4 And the genesis of rocker Peter Gabriel's costume was mysterious.
Metallica meets Metamucil! '50s popster Pat Boone showed off his leathery new look at January's American Music Awards in L.A.
What is it about turning 50? Last June, Rolling Stone Ron Wood decided he and his 400 or so guests would spend the night together at his new London mansion playing cowpokes, complete with mechanical bull and a Wild West casino. 1 Mick Jagger's pregnant wife, Texan Jerry Hall, showed her true grit in fringed chaps. (Careful, Mick! That gun may be loaded.)
2 Birthday boy Wood was more Jumpin' Jack Flash than Marshal Dillon, but wife Jo stayed on the Miss Kitty trail.
3 She's usually a sharpshooter, but instead of doing a Dale Evans, Kate Moss modeled her top after Xena: Warrior Princess.
"I felt like the Queen, says The Drew Carey Show's Kathy Kinney of the satin-and-velvet gown she wore to the November Cable ACE Awards in L.A. "Men wanted to marry me all night long."