Officially, it was not another Versailles war. (In 1974, former director Gerald Van Der Kemp had organized a contest inviting ten French and American fashion designers to raise money) … but it could have been.
Melinda Hansen was wearing a green Oscar de la Renta dress
… and many others,including Roxanne Mankin Cason, a New York philanthropist involved with Save the Children
All in honor of the Sun King !
You have to be in Versailles on such a beautiful Summer night as I was last Friday, fortunate guest of the American Friends of Versailles, to realize that Versailles is an ode to the Sun. Before disappearing behind the Château, the last rays of sun set fire to the Grille du Roi.
After the Bosquet des Trois Fontaines, the organization plans to restore the Pavillon Frais at Trianon. The new President of Les Amis de Versailles, the Baron Roland de L’Espée, a position previoulsy occupied by Olivier de Rohan who stepped down-, together with Catharine, entertained that night. All the VIPs were there, including President of Versailles and former Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon, US ambassador Charles Rivkin,with his charming wife , following in her Louboutin stilettos, Caroline Sarkozy, the President’s half sister who came with the President’s brother, Barbara de Portago, daughter of Florence and Gerald Van der Kemp and « first American raised in the Château of Versailles ».
The best part of the evening remains for me, after the Spectacle of Les Grandes Eaux, the extraordinary fireworks with music by Lulli as imagined for the inaugural fête « Plaisirs de l’île enchantée » organized by a 25-year old Louis XIV in 1664. « We are quite delighted at Versailles ; each day brings new pleasures, plays, concerts, and suppers on water.. » wrote Madame de Sévigné in her Letters.
The most privileged of us are very fortunate that we can still enjoy its pleasures