Vivian Galtier Kelly looks at one famous
gownbut it was the less well known that caught the attention at
a ball gown charity luncheon
MOST SUMPTUOUS evening gowns designers had to offer for the
spring '05 season were on display at a recent charity ball luncheon
recently held at Saks Fifth Avenue in tiny Greenwich, Conn. The
25 members of the Bruce Museum's Kaleidescope Ball committee oohed
and aahed over the exquisite gowns the Saks couture team culled
from their top stores around the country.
couture manager, Theresa Walsh, shared interesting tidbits about
some of the gowns as a model tried-on and displayed the ladies'
favourites. Did you know, she asked the gathering, that
Nicole Kidman wore this black velvet gown in the now famous paparazzi
Chanel No. 5 TV spot? Everyone
loved the dangerously low-cut back on the Nicole gown
but colour, and bright colour at that, won the day.
The gowns that generated the most excitement were
the Bill Blass "kaleidescope" gown, which sold that very afternoon
to one of the committee chairs, and a Vera Wang stunner in emerald
green chiffon that Ms Walsh accessorized with matching Manolo Blahnik
strappy stilettos. Other favourites were Robert Danes' turquoise
bias gown and Oscar de la Renta's flounced "snow white" and coral
affair. The winner though, was a coral silk jersey column dress
by Yigal Azoural that Grace Kelly herself would have loved.
Vivian Galtier Kelly is features editor-at-large
INSET: The Chanel
No. 5 gown as worn by Nicole Kidman. TOP
RIGHT: Nicole Kidman in her Chanel No. 5 advertisement. CENTRE
RIGHT: Vera Wang. BELOW RIGHT:
Oscar de la Renta.