It is every girl’s dream to be a princess at least for a day. Once a year, this opportunity presents itself to the society’s bright young things in a invitation only ball, previously described by Forbes Magazine as ‘one of the top 10 social events in the world’. Le Bal Des Débutantes is held at The Hôtel de Crillon (one of the oldest luxury hotels in world) since 1991 and has always been dominated by the international aristocracy.
Recently a few celebrity offsprings have been invited, perhaps, in attempt to bring the ball into the 21st century. This year the Willis clan – Rumer, Tallulah and Scout – the daughters of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore – stole the limelight of the event for multiple reasons including Rumer’s daring décolleté (classy!).
The event is sponsored by the ultra-chic Adler Jewellery, which holds a unique position in the world of fine jewellery. The name is synonymous not only with products of the highest quality but with a particular sense of creativity. The jewels are worn by modern women who are confident of their taste and who have a highly developed eye for beauty.
Debutantes are introduced, accompanied by their brothers, boyfriends, fathers and mothers before sitting down for a meal, then being swept off their feet on the dance floor. We have observed this year’s Haute Couture gowns and selected Top Five for your enjoyment. Voilà!
1. Gown by Maxime Simoens Haute Couture
Alexandra’s father, Michael Spencer, runs ICAP – a money-broking firm and is the former treasurer for the Conservative Party. Her mother, Lorraine Spencer, is heavily involved in charitable projects.
2. Gown by Lecoanet Hemant Couture
Shaiyra is a Princess of Kapurthala and a niece to Shatrujit Singh, who pioneered the entry of Moet Hennessy and the LVMH fashion group into India.
3. Gown by Chanel Haute Couture
Atlanta’s father is a former member of Duran Duran and her mother is photographer Amanda de Cadenet.
4. Gown by Carolina Herrera Couture
Flora’s mother, Amy Fine Collins, edits Vanity Fair annual Best Dressed List. Flora herself is a talented writer and has been commissioned to write about Le Bal for the Teen Vogue.
5. Gown by Atelier Versace
Our absolute favourite debutante this year is Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme (pictured with her father) in her amazing Atelier Versace gown.
by Olga Titarenko