Classic Italian glamour was the theme of this year’s Bal de Noël on Saturday night, and privileged guests certainly embraced the concept with all the beauty and class that has come to be expected at this highly-anticipated Christmas party.
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The bubbles flowed as soon as guests stepped into the stunning Empire Room of the Hôtel de Paris, their glasses filled with Victoria Silvstedt’s very own Prosecco – Victoria La Dolce Vita.Victoria Silvstedt and her branded prosecco at the Bal de Noël
It was a sign of things to come for the “lucky few” who graced the invitation-only ball, which itself was themed ‘La Dolce Vita’ – inspired by the famous Italian film and the great actors and actresses of that era.
Featuring throughout the beautiful, gilded Belle Epoque hall of the Hôtel de Paris were portraits of Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Claudia Cardinale and Marcello Mastroianni.
Victoria Silvstedt and Sandrine Knoell Garbagnati, founder of the event, looked stunning in their Ali Karoui dresses.
Held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco and in the presence of Gareth Wittstock, Secretary General of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the ball was also set against a backdrop of fine jewellery created by Akillis.
Among the personalities present were HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, Lady Monika del Campo Bacardi of Bayfield Hall, Marquise Roberta Gilardi Sestito, Inna Maier, Donatella Campioni, Elizabeth Wessel and Celina Lafuente of Lavotha as well as German fashion designer Philipp Plein and Christian Moore, president of the Monaco Ambassadors Club.
A raffle by Sotheby’s raised more than 65,000€ for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, while its ‘International Committee for Action’ was honoured for efforts to save lives by preventing drowning and for promoting the values of sport among children.
As always, DJ Andrea T Mendoza ignited the dance floor and ended the evening on an electric high.
The Bal de Noël is an invitation only event organised by Five Stars Events. Since its inauguration in 2006, the ball has raised 717,000€ for charity.
Photos: Claudia Alberqerque / Nico Timmermans for Monaco Life. All rights reserved.