On July 7, Anne Hathaway, Tommy Hilfiger and Christian Louboutin were among the guests streaming into the The White Fairy Tale Love Ball, a fundraiser thrown by model Natalia Vodianova. Fashion designer Valentino Garavani hosted the event at his Chateau de Wideville just outside of Paris.
The event benefited Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation, a nonprofit charity that creates playgrounds for children in Vodianova’ s mother country, Russia. Guests could bid on 45 dresses donated by a slew of international designers including Balmain, Balenciaga and Valentino himself. Vodianova also designed jewelry for the auction. The ball, an annual event since 2008, raised $3.3 million dollars for the charity.
The dress code for the fairy-tale themed event was elegant silver and white only. The guests entered into a spectacular ballroom while fake snow alighted upon them to create the feeling of a winter wonderland. The surprise of the evening? Valentino created a jaw-dropping floor-length bright red gown for Vodianova so she would be the only one in color. Vodianova also wore a stunning pearl and diamond tiara that she designed with friend and jeweler Yulia Fosty to look like snowflakes.
Jewelry designer and guest Loree Rodkin said: "The fairy tale event was a big snow globe and of course it is hard for Natalia to look anything but spectacular and last night she was Red Riding Hood Valentino style." said Rodkin
At the end of the evening, the Vogue cover model proudly announced that the Naked Heart Foundation would take on a new mission to provide support centers for families with children that have special needs.
Here are some of the dresses that were auctioned off.
|Oscar de la Renta|
|Yves Saint Laurent|
|Valentino Garavani & Natalia Vodianova|