The Love Ball 2011, which took place at the private residence of the legendary Valentino near Paris, was one of the most memorable events of the year. The charity evening and auction helped us raise €2.3 million for our family support programme and enabled the construction of play facilities around Russia.
470 guests attended the White Fairy Tale Love Ball at the Chateau Wideville, among whom were Christian Louboutin, Margherita Missoni, Olivia Palermo, Eva Herzigova, Paolo Roversi, Tommy Hilfiger, Daphne Guinness, Marc Newson, Arki Busson, Ricardo Tisci, Matthew Freud, Valentino Garavani and many others.
Actress Anne Hathaway graciously agreed to host the evening and the auction was run by the Foundation’s longstanding friend, Christie’s.
Some of the world’s leading fashion designers created a unique collection of one-of-a-kind dresses especially for the event. A fashion show featuring the 45 dresses was held during the gala dinner and the dresses themselves were sold as lots during the charity auction.
Among the designers presenting these unique lots were Agent Provocateur, Alena Akmadullina, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Balmain, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christopher Kane, Christian Dior, Denis Simachev, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana, Franck Sorbier, Gareth Pugh, Giambattista Valli, Giles Deacon, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hussein Chalayan, Julien McDonald, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Nina Ricci, Olivier Theyskens, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Riccardo Tisci, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Tsumori Chisato, Uliana Sergeenko, Valentin Yudaskin, Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Vera Wang, Versace, Vika Gasinskaya, Viktor and Rolf, Vivienne Westwood, Worth, Yves Saint Laurent and Yulia Yanina.
A dress by Garavani and Diane Von Furstenberg proved the most valuable lot, selling for €100,000.
The evening included live performances by the legendary Bryan Ferry, Johnny Marr and DJ Andy Cato from Groove Armada, as well as an extraordinary performance by sand animation artist Kseniya Simonova.
Aside from a wonderful evening, guests were given an album of photographs by Paolo Roversi, in which Natalia Vodianova modelled each unique dress presented at the auction.