Austrian Life Ball Gets Rained Out, Proving Life Trumps Celebrity

Despite the illustrious turnout on the red carpet for the Austrian Life Ball, a fierce thunderstorm stole the show and had to shut a portion of the event down.

Guests to the fundraiser for people with HIV and AIDS, included former US president Bill Clinton, Dita Von Teese, Patti Labelle, Diane von Furstenberg, Jerry O’Connell & Rebecca Romijn, Lydia Hearst, Suzanne Vega and Kenneth Cole.

The 18th annual party each year attracts thousands of revelers in quirky costumes who dance until dawn in the vast neo-gothic building — often wearing nothing more than the bare minimum.

Saturday night’s show should have included an address by actress Whoopi Goldberg and a video message from Sharon Stone, as well as a fashion show with designs by Cole, Calvin Klein and von Furstenberg, but authorities had everyone evactuate the area in front of city hall where the rest of the events were happening indoors.