‘Ballo in Maschera’ to Celebrate Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

Anna Dello Russo

Leave it to drama kings Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to top off the recent haute couture shows with an elaborate flourish. The design duo orchestrated ‘Ballo in Maschera,’ an extravagant Venetian masquerade ball held in the halls of the historic Palazzo Pisani Moretta along the Grand Canal last Saturday. A collection of brilliantly costumed guests, each having received a mask created by the designers, arrived by gondola or boat to celebrate the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall Winter 2013/14 presented in Venice, Italy.

Anna Dello Russo: ‘Understated’ is not in this ‘Vogue’ Japan editor’s vocabulary, so it’s only natural that she put the costume in this costume party with a spirited ship fascinator atop her expansive wig. Flaunting a period costume with layers and layers of ruffles and piles of frou, ADR was definitely the fashion queen of the evening.

Audrey Tatou

Audrey Tautou: The French actress was slightly less costumed, but she still stunned in a sultry-sophisticated Dolce & Gabbana gown, embellished with diaphanous black lace and finished off with a ballet-pink sash. A jewel-encrusted mask added a shock of colour and surprise.

Paloma Faith in Dolce & Gabbana

Paloma Faith: This British songstress was golden in an intricately gilded dress from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2013 runway. The collection, inspired by Byzantine and Venetian cathedral mosaics, fit right in at ‘Ballo in Maschera.’ But Paloma’s asymmetrical, metallic floral mask and beehive hair really made this look sing.

Gio Bat

Giovanna Battaglia: Like ADR, Giovanna took a delightfully OTT approach with her grand entrance to the fête. Wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 crystal bustier, the fashion editor paraded out her lively court-jester regalia with a ruffled neck choker, multi-colour harlequin tights and a brandish of a bubblegum-pink cape.

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan: Walking a more subtle line, the actress was elegantly refined in a blue lace Dolce & Gabbana gown tied with a mauve ribbon sash, which was artfully finished with a field of blossoms on her mask. Standing aside her was a nearly unrecognizable Mr. Dolce himself, who was also decked out in full-on jester mode. (Mr. Gabbana, on the other hand, channeled his inner matador.)

Karen Elson

Karen Elson: The model joined the festive scene, florally festooned with a bounty of blooms on her black strapless Dolce & Gabbana gown that was sublimely ostentatious, with a side of extreme elegance. The garden continued on her rose-topped head.

Dolce & Gabbana

Daisy Lowe: The Dolce & Gabbana-donning model rocked a blushing lace dress that got a punch of masquerade flair with a streamer-accented mask and a red ribbon at her waist, which matched her crimson lippie.

Eugenia Silva: This statuesque lovely also had a model moment, strutting out a Dolce & Gabbana nude confection that featured exaggerated sleeves and tiers of light ruffles. Another red sash made an appearance, adding plenty of well-placed sizzle.

Franca Sozzani: Appropriately ornate, the ‘Vogue Italia’ editor also went nude, fitting right into the Venetian masquerade theme with her decorative lace gown by Dolce & Gabbana, cinched into an empire waist with a wide black belt and bronze buckle. An embellished cluster necklace and a plume of feathers topped off her look.

Credit: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

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18 Responses to ‘Ballo in Maschera’ to Celebrate Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

  1. Yeliz July 9, 2013 at 23:50 #

    Whilst this is a masquerade ball, I much prefer Rose’s subtle look. I love the colour of her gown and her mask. Karen is my runner-up. Anna and Giovanna both look totally ridiculous.

  2. Tracey July 10, 2013 at 00:31 #

    I love all of them! Wonderful to see so many of them really get into the spirit. Eugenia’s dress is gorg!

    I haven’t been able to look at Rose since she got her lips done. That silly pout.

    • KatieKate July 10, 2013 at 01:49 #

      Totally agree on both points!

  3. kane July 10, 2013 at 00:35 #

    Haha, that one time when Anna Dello Russo doesn’t stick out, but fits right in. I love the ship on her head! My favourite would be Audrey (despite the sad face :( ), but I actually like all of them.

  4. KatieKate July 10, 2013 at 01:53 #

    Perfect venue for AdR to do it up big, and BIG she did! Loves it! I believe Giovanna’s “tights” are actually painted on. I read about it on AdR’s site, but her English is a little broken, so don’t hold me to that. Euginia’s gown–I die. Gorgeousness…. What fun this must’ve been. So glad they all got into the spirit, (unlike the Met Ball).

  5. Dhppy July 10, 2013 at 02:20 #

    Elson, Tautou, and Faith all really captured the fantasy element of the ball in various forms, from ornate to romantic to modern. I don’t know what would inspire a woman to wear a beige dress to this type of event, but at least Sozzani chose one with an empire waist and a sweeping train to lend a period feel.

  6. Valissa July 10, 2013 at 03:02 #

    They all look wonderful! But Karen and Eugenia really stood out for me…so stunning, both of them!

    • Diana July 10, 2013 at 15:07 #

      +1!

  7. BeatofA July 10, 2013 at 03:11 #

    wheres Kylie Minogue?

  8. Christine July 10, 2013 at 03:33 #

    Love Karen Elson look

  9. Alicat July 10, 2013 at 03:59 #

    What a feast for the senses! I love the OTT looks of Anna Della Russo and Giovanna Battaglia. They are in their element. As far as the more conventional looks go, I love Audrey Tatou. Such a pretty, delicate look, but strong at the same time. What fun this event must have been.

  10. Denise July 10, 2013 at 06:33 #

    This event must have been great ! My favorites are Paloma Faith and Audrey Tautou.

  11. Beta July 10, 2013 at 06:59 #

    what an amazing party!! love all the looks

  12. Regina July 10, 2013 at 13:46 #

    Love Karen Elson and I am actually embarrassed by Giovanna Battaglia.

  13. Marko_M July 10, 2013 at 14:11 #

    These women really went all out. I love it!

  14. Namel July 10, 2013 at 15:39 #

    I like Karen Elson’s look. In the second photo she looks like Julianne Moore.

  15. Anne July 10, 2013 at 17:08 #

    This event brings me such unadulterated joy. What’s beyond OTT? You can’t hate good, costumey fun, though

  16. Nat39 July 10, 2013 at 22:32 #

    Eugenia Silva, hands down, such beauty and poise, on theme w/o being ridiculously ott.

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