Top Five Best Dressed at Le Bal des Débutantes

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.

Hôtel de Crillon Paris
Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

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 Willis Clan
Scout, Tallulah and Rumer with father Bruce Willis

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.

Adler Jewellery
Adler necklace ‘Asymmetry in brown’ (worn by Flora Collins) in white gold 18kt set with 692 brown diamonds and 133 white diamonds. Pendant in 18kt white gold and 18kt pink gold set with one Fancy Light Brown pear-shaped diamond.

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 Spencer (UK) accompanied by Hamish Khayat

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 Devi of Kapurthala
Shaiyra Devi of Kapurthala (India) accompanied by Jean-Baptiste Solanet

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 de Cadenet Taylor (UK) accompanied by her father John Taylor

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 Collins
Flora Collins (USA) with parents

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

Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme
Princess Charlotte de Bourbon Parme (France)

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

5 thoughts on “Top Five Best Dressed at Le Bal des Débutantes

  1. Just to inform you that Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor is in the picture with her father, Mr. John Taylor, bass player of one of the greatest bands, Duran Duran. And not the name you have mentioned in the picture.

    Graca Pereira

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