Hilary Swank in Giambattista Valli Couture - Life Ball 2013

Hilary Swank navigated the 2013 Life Ball’s signature magenta carpet this past weekend at City Hall in Vienna, Austria.

For the exuberant occasion, which raises funds for HIV and AIDS causes, the actress put on her party best in top-to-toe Giambattista Valli.

Her Spring 2013 Couture silvery-grey cocktail dress was veiled in black zebra-stripe tulle overlay, giving it a slightly wild nature. The short frock was fun enough, although I believe it got a boost from the glittery pomp and pageantry that was carrying on in the background.

Longtime Giambattista Valli collaborator, jeweler Luigi Scialanga is the master responsible for gilding this look with a cinching, twisting belt of bronze feathers.

Lattice work ankle-strap heels were one step better than plain black pumps. But a more inspired metallic shoe would have provided a final flourish of gold leaf opulence.

Natural waves and neutral makeup completed the moment. Was anyone else craving a bolder lip or a strong eye for Hilary? It would have fit right in at this over-the-top occasion.

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