Ok, now that Bayreuther Festspiele 2010's long-awaited premiere is over we can get to the best part of the opening: celebrity arrivals. Today we had The Merkel and her ~crazy pants~, Katharina Wagner's Lincoln Hawk Over The Top arms (sadly, no Mariah Carey curlz like she sported last year -- instead we've got awesome Lee press ons). But no matter how many miles of dark roots everyone touched-up or how many layers of spanx everyone sucked themselves into, the Queen of the Ball was André Leon Talley, the fiercest guest in all of Bayreuth -- NAY in all of Germany -- and his lovely date, the Countess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis.
(Above: Angela Merkel makes a statement. Her husband Joachim Sauer is not amused)
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(Above: once again, just for the heck of it!)
(Above and below: Belle of the Ball, André Leon Talley and date)