Hilary Swank In Giambattista Valli Couture – Life Ball 2013

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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10 Responses to Hilary Swank In Giambattista Valli Couture – Life Ball 2013

  1. Sandra Costa June 2, 2013 at 00:32 #

    i loved everything!

    ❤ xO!

  2. Taylor May 28, 2013 at 01:05 #

    Correction FC, the dress is zebra print with a black solid tulle overlay, not the other way around, much like Zhang Ziyi’s dress for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

    Alas, this style and fabric choice worked about as well for me as it did for the last attempt…

    …it didn’t.

  3. EmmaWoodhouse May 28, 2013 at 00:29 #

    I like the shoes but the zebra print is super tacky. Also it’s WAY too short. The belt is too busy.

  4. Christine May 27, 2013 at 23:04 #

    I sorta like this look but prefer it longer.

  5. Rashmi May 27, 2013 at 15:32 #

    Yes she looks a bit uncomfortable and the dress is not her style at all.. But but… I love those shoes paired with the dress!

  6. Yeliz May 27, 2013 at 15:19 #

    I don’t think that she can pull this off and I would’ve preferred a gown for a ball anyway.

    • dee May 28, 2013 at 13:46 #


  7. gabis May 27, 2013 at 14:40 #

    It doesn’t suit her style at all and she’s not working it. I really don’t like it.

    • SleeplessinChicago October 4, 2013 at 13:36 #

      She looks as a school teacher dressed for a school play. This is a completely wrong image for her. Here cheerleader’s smile kills all the couture weare I have seen her wear.

  8. Charlotte May 27, 2013 at 14:35 #

    The belt is awful and the shoes don’t work with this dress.

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