The annual Rose Ball, one of the most hotly anticipated events in Monaco’s social calendar, took place in Monte-Carlo on Saturday night.
Organised by Princess Caroline and Karl Lagerfeld, this years theme was Russian art, drawing inspiration from the constructivism era. To create the Salle des Étoiles and stage décor, Karl Lagerfeld played upon over-dimentionalism, manifested in geometric figures and flat colour areas such as in the ceiling where a large luminous construction incorporated elements of constructivism, while the lobby was decorated with screens containing drawings sampled from the invitations also designed by Karl Lagerfeld.
As in previous years, the raffle included many prizes donated by luxury Monaco establishments, faithful to the Bal de la Rose and the foundation. Tickets to the prestigious event cost 800 euros and all proceeds are going to the Princess Grace Foundation, which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. The foundation supports emerging talent in theater, dance and film by awarding grants, scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.
The gala provided the perfect opportunity for the principality’s young royals including Prince Albert and his wife, Princess Charlene to let their hair down.
New mum Charlotte Casiraghi made her first official post-baby appearance, dazzling in a strapless silver gown, accessorised with a shimmering scarf. Princess Caroline also looked elegant, sporting a monochrome dress, while her sister-in-law Princess Charlene opted for a one-shouldered navy and black number.
Princess Charlene and Prince Albert danced check-to-check at one point in the evening, providing a rare show of public affection.
As well as Mika who provided the evening’s entertainment, other stars in attendance included Shirley Bassey and Victoria Silvstedt.
The ball marks the start of the season for high society events in the Principality of Monaco.
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