The Dior ball, held on the night of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first haute couture show, turned all of Chiuri’s fantastical visions into reality. Held in the gardens of Musée Rodin, the venue was lined with towering black and white horses, each affixed with white conical horns reminiscent of unicorns. Under the cloak of darkness, a giant balloon, floating high above the labryrinth-like tent, shone as if the moon had been stolen just for this one magical night. Inside, everyone was masked, and with music blasting, bodies gyrating, lights beaming and copious amounts of Champagne flowing, it was hedonism at its finest. Men in tuxedos, women in ball gowns... But they might as well have been naked, because the palpable aroma of latent debauchery could almost be smelt in the bitter cold of night. Tucked into corners were tarot card readers, reading into people’s future while masked lovers, just metres away, were creating their own reality of Eyes Wide Shut.
In a domino-like fashion, customers and staff ran out of boutiques at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands to catch a glimpse of actor Louis Koo as he strode past. The Hong Kong heartthrob, who according to some female guests “looked barely a day over 30,” was en route to Tod’s’ opening fête, where he was joined by local stars Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin and Zhang Zhen Huan. The stylish quartet was greeted by a waiting bank of photographers and bloggers, who went snap-happy as they posed at the photo wall embellished with celebrity shoe trees. Inside the gleaming 1,776sqft store, guests then discovered the brand’s refined craftsmanship in the form of luxurious ready-to-wear collections and limited-edition creations to commemorate the occasion, including a maroon Double T Messenger bag and the brand’s iconic Gommino shoe.
It’s 10pm in the evening and the main course of the four-course dinner has yet to appear, but none of the 600 or so guests at Franck Muller’s 25th Anniversary Gala dinner seem to mind. They’re too busy dancing to the beats of the live band and socialising with one another to even notice. “This is how all Franck Muller parties go,” says a dinner companion. “If it ends at 2am, it’s considered early.” Hosted by brand founders Vartan Sirmakes and Franck Muller within the Grand Malagny (an 18th-century estate owned by the brand), the evening saw a military band greeting guests before they proceeded to enjoy a night of revelry filled with dance performances, aerial acrobatics and free-flow libations—in true Franck Muller style.
BAZAAR EVENT LADIES’ NIGHT
Is it any surprise that women are such fans of Carolina Herrera considering the designer’s effortlessly elegant style? “She is modern, and her style is timeless,” declared a guest at the cocktail event held at the CH Carolina Herrera boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Harper’s BAZAAR’s Senior Fashion Editor Windy Aulia presented a curated edit from the brand’s spring/summer 2017 collection, which included structural ball skirts and varsity-style t-shirts, to floor-sweeping red lace gowns. There was something for everyone, including the two little girls who modelled adorable pieces from the children’s collection. Bubbly and canapés ensured the night was filled with sparkling conversation and delightful retail therapy.