Friday, July 8, 2011

The White Fairy Tale Love Ball 2011

Natalia Vodianova / Worth
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

How very wonderful! I haven't had the opportunity for a fairy tales and fashion post in a while. Although "fairy tale" is used to describe many designer collections, it usually means "romantic" and doesn't signify a true fairy tale influence. But this event and its accompanying images certainly channeled some fairy tale mythos in accordance with its name. I see shades of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Donkeyskin, Tattercoats and others. One could even make an argument for Fitcher's Bird. How about you?

Natalia Vodianova / Ulyana Sergeenko

@Paolo Roversi for NHF

From The White Fairy Tale Love Ball 2011 by Eve Politanoff:

Every year since 2005, Natalia Vodianova brings together renowned designers and celebrities for a large charity event in favor of the Naked Heart Foundation (NHF), an association that helps underprivileged children in Russia. It was the Besian school siege in 2004 that spurred the top model and philanthropist to set up the NHF. Their mission is to provide safe outdoor Play Parks in Russian cities where more than 25% of all families raise children below the poverty line. The Love Ball is the main fundraiser for the Naked Heart Foundation.

On Wednesday night July 6th, Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova invite you to experience one of the most magical nights of summer - this year's Love Ball. In the atmosphere of the XVII century Chateau de Wideville, residence of Valentino Garavani near Paris, a fairy tale will unfold. For this event, 45 unique dresses have been created especially for the NHF, by some international designers such as Riccardo Tisci, Calvin Klein, Olivier Theyskens, Ulyana Sergeenko and more... The highlight of the evening will be a chance to bid for one of these gorgeous pieces through auction over an exquisite dinner. Profits from the sale will be donated entirely to benefit the Naked Heart Foundation.

Natalia Vodianova / Oscar de la Renta
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Yves Saint Laurent
@Paolo Roversi for Naked Heart Foundation

Natalia Vodianova / Giambattista Valli
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Calvin Klein
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Valentin Yudashkin
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Stella McCartney
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Olivier Theyskens

@Paolo Roversi for NHF

Natalia Vodianova / Christopher Kane
@Paolo Roversi for NHF

And some images from the event:

Anne Hathaway with a mermaidesque dress
Natalia Vodianova as Rapunzel

More to see here at Best Dressed at the Love Ball!

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