The Love Ball
The Love Ball is a charity fundraising event organised by Natalia Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation. The event is held biannually and is the main source of funding for the charity’s programmes, which aim to provide help and support to disadvantaged children and their families all over Russia
The 2011 Love Ball was a summer event held in the grounds of Valentino Garavani’s 17th century Chateau de Wideville near Paris. The theme of the event was “White Fairy Tale”, with most guests dressing in white or silver, in keeping with the fairy tale theme. The charity evening and auction helped raised over €2.3 million for Naked Heart and enabled the construction of play facilities around Russia.
Over 470 guests attended the Love Ball, among who 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 hosted the evening and the auction was run by Christie’s.
Worth Paris was there and created a unique collection of one-of-a-kind dresses especially for the event. A fashion show featuring the dresses was held during the gala dinner and the dresses themselves were sold as lots during the charity auction.
The evening also included live performances by some legendary artists, and 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.