On August 22, 2015, recording artist and philanthropist Sir Ivan celebrated his annual Hamptons extravaganza, celebrating his new anti-bullying anthem "Kiss All the Bullies Goodybe" featuring Taylor Dayne and produced by Paul Oakenfold. Sir Ivan's Royal Tea Dance included 600 friends, VIP guests and media at his 15,000 square foot Castle in Water Mill, New York.
Sir Ivan recreated the ambiance of Studio 54, with guests dressed as one of the Village People, symbolizing the party theme of diversity, acceptance and love. Inspired by the White House, which was lit in rainbow colors after the Supreme Court's decision on Marriage Equality, Sir Ivan's Castle was transformed into the largest disco flashing rainbow light show in the world.
The night also served as a thank you to supporters of his charity, The Peaceman Foundation. The evening featured a 5-hour set from Vienna's Life Ball Resident DJ Sin Morera and non-stop dancing from 28 world class professional Latin hustle dancers from Stepping Out Studios.
Towards the end of the night, Sir Ivan made a grand entrance, riding a custom made Ironhorse Tejas chopper into his castle through a packed dance floor and performed his new song.
Special guests included singer Pras from The Fugees, singer Aaron Paul, grandson of Omar Sharif and LGBT activist, Omar Sharif Jr., journalist Michael Musto, CNN’s Maribel Aber and Midwin Charles, Good Morning America’s Relationship Expert, Donna Barnes, TV host Lucy Norris, Film producer/director, Cedric Hill, celebrity stylist Cesar Gaviria, celebrity groomer, Fran Freeman, androgynous model Rain Dove, Calvin Klein model Harmony Boucher, “Orange is the New Black” actress Farrah Krenek, actor Colin Asercion and The Village People’s former “Cowboy” himself Randy Jones.
Omar Sharif Jr.
Randy Jones of Village People
Calvin Klein model Harmony Boucher
Sir Ivan and DJ Sin Morera
Rapper Pras Michel of The Fugees, Sir Ivan and Singer Aaron Paul
Above photos by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Sir Ivan
Here are some more images taken on my phone from the party:
- Kim Weling