Last night, at the Roundhouse in London, Natalia Vodianova held a charity ball that will be talked about for some years to come. It was London’s first ever Love Ball, hosted by the model, in association with Harper’s Bazaar and De Beers. This is following the extremely successful Love Ball which Vodianova held in Moscow in 2008. Funds raised from last night will go to The Naked Heart Foundation to build play parks for underprivileged children in Russia, and towards three playgrounds in the UK.
The charity auction held during the event enlisted the talents of the great and the good from the art world and was hosted by Christie’s. A stunning De Beers necklace designed by Natalia was sold as well as a range of “money can’t buy” lots including Andriy Shevchenko’s football, signed by some of the world’s top footballers, a trip with Natalia to Russia to open a play park later this year and a children’s portrait by Mario Testino.
Celebrity guests included Dinos Chapman (who was the Creative Director for the evening), Leona Lewis, Stella McCartney, Charlotte Casiraghi, Natalia Vodianova, Joely Richardson, Heather Kerzner, Tracey Emin, Kate Moss, Donna Karan, Mario Testino and Francois Delage.
Everyone in attendance looked fabulous, happy and relaxed. It was an opportunity for us all to let our hair down in London before we pack our bags, jump the Eurostar and start Paris Fashion Week tomorrow!