From Natalia, With Love
The White Fairy Tale Love Ball had it all and then some. Cocktails at sunset on the grounds of Valentino's Chateau de Wideville, complete with a helicopter depositing guests in the meadow. A Caviar Kaspia-catered dinner of smoked salmon blinis and caviar-smothered baked potatoes and plenty of vodka to wash it all down. Fake snow-covered topiary and tables and a very real carved ice bar courtesy of Alexandre de Betak. A fashion show of one-of-a-kind dresses modeled by the cream of the catwalk. And Anne Hathaway for a mistress of ceremonies. Way after this reporter and many others called it a night, Bryan Ferry performed, fresh off Kate and Jamie's wedding. He was followed by a Groove Armada DJ set.
The evening's slow pace tested even the most philanthropic of souls, but the cause, Natalia Vodianova's Naked Heart Foundation, was worth it. Until now, the five-year-old charity's mission has been to build playgrounds in Vodianova's native Russia; going forward, it will focus on helping families and children with special needs. Over €2 million were raised; "wallets encountered an enemy tonight," Hathaway joked, referring to the supermodel in her Valentino-designed Little Red Riding Hood dress. For many, the highlight of the evening was ranking the white and silver dresses that the dress code required. Stella Tennant's Chanel and Mariacarla Boscono's Givenchy both stood out. Daphne Guinness, always a law unto herself, came as an Alexander McQueen rainbow.