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Natalia managed to raise €2.3 million last night! Congratulations Natalia!
Like white birds against the green lawns, fashion’s high society migrated to Valentino’s chateau outside of Paris. The summer dress code of silver and white was designed to blend into the snowy scene, as the transparent tent under towering trees was opened for the White Fairy Tale Love Ball.
Natalia Vodianova, the Russian model and dedicated fund-raiser, made her entrance in a blood-red Valentino gown, the better to underscore her Naked Heart Foundation. The charity, dedicated to building playgrounds for impoverished children, mainly in Russia, raised €2.3 million, or $3.3 million, from the festivities Wednesday. And an emotional Ms. Vodianova announced that her charity would take on a second role: developing play places for special needs children like her own sister.
Couture designers blessed the event with dresses expressing their vision of a fairy tale, outfits worn by models on a the runway sprinkled with fake snow and later auctioned off.
Many of the designers had gathered earlier in the evening, first at the Élysée Palace, where President Nicolas Sarkozy presented the award of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur to Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue; and afterward at the reception at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where the lineup of guests was a who’s who of fashion.
Vogue was witness to a magical moment behind closed doors yesterday afternoon. The rendezvous at the Musée Nissim de Camodo, was between Valentino Garavani and Natalia Vodianova, meeting in secret to make final tweaks to the fantasy dress the grand couturier has made for her to wear tonight. Guests invited to Vodianova’s White Fairy Tale Love Ball have already scoured Paris and their vintage wardrobes to adhere to a “Silver and White” dress code, as they get ready for an evening at Valentino’s country residence at Wideville, credit cards flexed, to bid on 45 dresses donated by an A–Z of international designers.
Valentino has lent Vodianova the gardens of his Chateau de Wideville, for an assembly of the super-rich she intends to entice to meet the five-million-euro record she set in Moscow, at the 2008 launch of her Russian playgrounds-for-children project, The Naked Heart Foundation. “People are coming from all over—Moscow, Saint-Tropez, Tuscany,” she said, fielding calls about table placements as she walked in. “They’re breaking their holidays for this. It’s amazing.”
Naomi Campbell’s well-practiced snarl has found a perfect new outlet: The Fall ‘11 Givenchy campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Campbell is one of the major faces to front spots for Givenchy’s feline women’s collection, alongside Natalia Vodianova, Kristen McMenamy, and house favorite Mariacarla Boscono. (Though unlike in seasons past, each is shot separately, rather than in a roving pack.) Meanwhile, Rob Evans and Jonathan Marquez do the honors for the Rottweiler-inspired men’s collection. Above, the exclusive debut of the Naomi image (and below, a look at Evans’). Plus, the exclusive behind-the-scenes video, featuring the entire cast on the growl. Grrr!
Rags to riches? A modern-day Cinderella? When people discuss Natalia Vodianova, these phrases get thrown around a lot. It is true that Natalia had a poor upbringing, but as she puts it, “I know some people would have wanted to kill themselves, but I thought my childhood was happy. My mother worked nearly 24 hours a day, and I realize things were difficult, but I managed to find a lot of light there. I had this weird knowledge that, one day, things would be good.”
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