Best Dressed at the Love Ball!

07 July 2011

Anyone who is ANYONE was at Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville last night, as the icoinic designer transformed his home into a Russian winter wonderland for the lovely Natalia Vodianova’s White Fairy Tale Ball, in aid of the model's Naked Heart Foundation, which helps kids in deprived areas. But what were they wearing, you ask? Hmm? Read on!

Vodianova herself carried on her tradition of wearing red to the Love Ball, and in honour of Valentino hosting the event, this year she opted for two dramatic scarlet numbers....

Both of which were accompanied by her Rapunzel-esque plait.

Anne Hathaway looked as if she had walked straight out of a fairy tale, resplendant in fluttering vintage Valentino, with a delicate Stephen Jones tiara. (Pictured above with a very dapper M. Valentino himself). Grazia Daily thought Anne's dress seemed familiar for some reason - in fact, the construction of the self-same dress was documented in the brilliant documentary The Last Emperor, all about Valentino Garavani and his terrifying gang of pet pugs. First he and his team argue about how many fins to sew onto the skirt, THEN they argue about how many sequins to put on the fins. Genius! 

Eva Herzigova, meanwhile, flouted the white and silver dress code (naughty!) saying 'it’s good to be different. We’ve just had Kate Middleton’s wedding, Kate’s and Charlene’s [Wittstock]. I would have felt like a bride'. Fair point, and she does look absolutely gorgeous in her draped black gown, right?

In news which will come as no surprise, another guest not sticking to the dress code was Daphne Guinness, who sported a multicoloured Alexander McQueen kimono, complete with dramatic Geisha-style hair.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld, meanwhile, adhered to the white and silver theme in a simple, figure-hugging white dress with fluted shoulders, which she paired with a silver clutch. Pweeetty.

Julia's mother Carine Roitfeld looked just as elegant as her daughter in haute couture Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci (pictured above with a dashing-looking 'W' editor, Stefano Tonchi).

No surprise here either: Olivia Palermo looked completely beautiful in shimmering silver by Valentino Haute Couture, S/S '09, which she paired with a dramatic feather clutch. >sigh<

And winning the Grazia Daily award for coolest outfit, Stella Tennant donned Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel haute couture S/S '11 for the event.

Christian Louboutin kept it bright in this patriotic red white and blue ensemble, accompanied by former model and muse Farida Khelfa. Below, because we couldn't resist, is a close-up fo the good man's shoes. Look!

Also pushing the white and silver dress code to it's very limit was the lovely Caroline Sieber, in a sheer white blouse and ribbed high waisted shorts, which she paired with a jewelled ball clutch and gold collar necklace.

Tamara Beckwith, meanwhile, looked gorgeous in a vintage Ralph Lauren Collection silk voile dress with a white feather cape. VERY Russian wonderland, non?

And fashion royalty Margherita Missoni was also looking gawgeous in a white and silver gown, as she arrived with friends Tatiana Santo (middle, wearing Valentino Haute Couture S/S '11) and Eugenie Niarchos (right, wearing Valentino Haute Couture dress from S/S '09).


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