As it happens every year since 1877, the Wiener Staatsoper is turned into a huge ballroom to host the most important debutante ball of the Viennese carnival. The glamourous event took place on February 23th, attended by European high society, along with directors, actors, politicians and entrepreneurs. The young debutantes from all over the world wore classic white dresses and tiaras designed by the great Karl Lagerfeld and made by the Austrian company Swarovski. Called “Le beau Danube bleu”, the tiara is inspired to the Donauwalzer by Johann Strauss II – which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017. To bring his vision of the Danube, Lagerfeld chose 394 sapphire blue Swarovski crystals and five Swarovski crystal beads, creating a timelessly elegant composition.
This year, the music section of the event included Viennese music but also opera pieces – “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from Carmen by G. Bizet and “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” from Das Land des Lächelns by Franz Lehár– performed by the tenor-superstar Jonas Kaufmann and directed by the Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci.
Maestra Scappucci was very charming in a Giorgio Armani silk-cady tuxedo jacket and pant suit set. Her face was illuminated by multi-colored necklace and earrings, original creations by Heldwein Jeweler.
Present at the event, primadonna Anna Netrebko with her husband Yusif Eyvazov. The soprano chose a memorable ballgown by the American designer Oscar de la Renta: crafted from yellow silk-faille that’s exquisitely embroidered with silver threads and pearls, has a pronounced A-line shape skirt. The gown was completed with diamonds jewels by Chopard.
Also the Romanian soprano Valentina Nafornita looked absolutely ravishing in Santa Maria couture dress from Lena Hoschek: the rose delicate lace give the requisite glamour factor. Absolutely well chosen accessories. Degraspike pumps by Christian Louboutin: in silver glittex and mixed metal spikes; Red Valentino floral embellished leather clutch and jewels in rose gold and diamonds by Franz Fischmeister.
And dancing for all at Wiener Staatsoper!