In a floor-length white silk gown, Victoria Beckham garnered everyone’s attention as she walked down the aisle escorted by superstar guests.
Although she was not a bride, there was no concern that the wedding party at this ceremony was relegated to the background, since the goal of the game was to appropriate every last inch of attention.
When celebrities gathered at the stunning Longleat House in Wilts to celebrate the wedding of Vogue editor Edward Enniful and director Alec Maxwell, it was much more than just a wedding.
It was a fashion runway in itself, an audition, a networking event, and perhaps the largest collection of desperately driven, career-hungry and ruthless showbiz and fashion figures to collide at an event that could have a major impact on their careers.
No wonder Victoria even skipped a family ski vacation with husband David and their children, only to be there in a custom-tailored one-off dress, accompanied by fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen and stylist Christine Szentener.
Other superstar names, including Leonardo DiCaprio, flew in from around the world to attend the five-day event, which saw the newlyweds and their famous well-wishers party at the nearby members’ club, Babington House, ahead of Tuesday night’s main event.
Models including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Irina Shayk and Poppy Delevingne partyed until 3 a.m. alongside actors Leo and Orlando Bloom, as well as designers Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs and Diana von Furstenberg.
As one source put it, “This is not so much a wedding ceremony as it is a business meeting with champagne and canapés. This field.
Even the stunning establishment, the historic Longleat Orangery, was donated by former Strictly star Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath and Britain’s first black woman to hold the title, who herself graced the pages of Enninful’s prestigious fashion bible as her contribution. editor.
But it remains unclear whether his fiercest rival Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of the American edition and global editorial director of Vogue, was present amid talk of a bitter transatlantic split between the two big shots.
In the run-up to the wedding, Enninful was reported to have considered inviting his boss to avoid escalating tensions, though sources have suggested that Wintour is unlikely to make the trip to the UK even if he does.
A source at the wedding said, “The reality is that it’s hard to imagine a guest list with more competitive rivalry and sniping.
“They are all happy to smile and pose for the cameras, but all these people are absolutely ruthless and used to being the center of attention.
“Almost everyone in this room would carelessly stab the person next to them if it brought them six inches closer to a Vogue magazine.
“Some people expected them to make their careers at night.”
Other glamorous guests seen arriving included Maya Jama, Stella Maxwell and Karlie Kloss as upscale royal florist Simon Lycett decorated the 16th-century mansion with roses and white flowers.
Candles were placed along the stairs and the passage to the greenhouse, where a ceremony was held at 17:00, accompanied by a pianist on a black piano before drinks at the champagne bar.
Mr Enninful and Mr Maxwell, who live in West London, also brought their beloved black and white Boston terrier Roo to the event, which was to mark the fashion journalist’s 50th birthday and was rumored to cost over £600,000.
The best guests were invited to stay at the hotel: DiCaprio famously spent the night at a picturesque cottage on the grounds, while others stayed at Babington’s palatial home.
In one picture posted online by the groom, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Maxwell and Irina Shayk enjoy a “birthday dinner” – the first phase of a lavish and lavish celebration.
But perhaps the most unexpected move came as the event came to an end on Wednesday morning, when top-listed guests were treated to a bus safari tour of the hotel’s famed zoo, best known for its lions.
The source explained, “It’s funny to imagine all these super famous people taking a small bus to see the animals like a school trip, but some of them did.
“Longleat is famous for its lions, so on Wednesday morning, those who wished could enjoy a private viewing of the magnificent animals during the safari tour.
“Leo was one of those who said how much he wanted to see them – even for a big star, it’s not often that you get a private audience with lions.”
Yesterday’s wedding party ended with a modest dinner at the nearby pub The Bell Inn – a surprisingly simple end to the celebration for the couple’s closest friends and family.
As one onlooker put it, “Dinner at the pub looked like the quietest part for miles—only their very close friends.
“It must have been some relief for them after all that sycophantic sycophancy.”
So which fashionista did her best and who suffered the humiliating fall on the biggest stage of all. . . time will show.