Let’s set the scene properly here. A few weeks ago I received an email from Omega asking if I was free to fly to Vienna for an enchanted night with Nicole Kidman as a dinner guest. There’s only one answer for such a request: “I’ll clear my calendar to make myself free.” And so begins the story of an amazing weekend in Vienna to celebrate the launch of the new Omega Ladymatic.
On Saturday morning I woke up bright and early. I’d like to say bright-eyed and bushy-tailed but it was more like worse for wear and making the best of it. It didn’t take long for my miserable morning mood to disappear as I remembered where I was headed. Although I had no idea what to expect upon arriving in Vienna, I can honestly say there is pretty much nothing that could have prepared me for what was about to happen.
After our plane touched down in Vienna, we were driven to the Ritz Carlton, in the centre of town, where we would make our transformation from day to night for the gala and where we would eventually lay our heads to rest later that night. The Junior Suite was from another world, and therefore deserves a review all on its own. Not to worry, it’s not far behind this one.
Rather than concentrating on where we stayed or what we saw in and around Vienna, I will focus on the big night itself – Omega’s La Nuit Enchantee.
At 7pm our carriages arrived at the Ritz to take us to Gartenpalais Liechtensteinwhere a drinks reception was awaiting the arrival of 250 guests, who had been flown in from around the world specifically for the event. As our people carrier approached the gates to the Palace, each and every person around me let out a quick yelp of excitement at what was laid out before us. The facade of the building had been completely transformed and a pathsurrounded by gorgeous men and hundreds of candles led us into the building.
As we stepped into the entry hall we were greeted with glasses of pink champagne. We mixed and mingled, greeted familiar faces and were introduced to new members of the Omega family and before we knew it we were being led upstairs to what might appropriately be called “the main event.” A phenomenal dance performance was evening‘s next surprise, followed by the moment so many had been waiting for. Nicole Kidman took to the stage to express her genuine delight at being part of the Omega family. She looked perfectly put together in a floor length black sheer lace Oscar de la Renta gown from the Autumn Winter 2013 collection, paired with an Omega Ladymatic of course. As Omega president Stephen Urquhart led Mrs. Kidman to her seat for the evening, waiters flooded into the room to begin the dinner service.
After the last course had been served at dinner and just when we thought we couldn’t eat another morsel of food, we were led back downstairs into the entryway where a smorgasbord of desserts had been laid out for our enjoyment. Walking down the stairs to the biggest sugar rush of our lives, we were serenaded by Australian singer Shelley Harland who, incidentally, also lends her voice to the soundtrack of the Ladymatic television commercials.
And just like that, the night was over. It has to be said that this night will go on record as being one of the most magical in Fashion Foie Gras history. I’m still sharing the pictures with every person I lunch or breakfast with, and believe that will last for sometime. So I do apologize if you are dining with me in the near future.
Thank you to the whole Omega UK PR team for organizing an absolutely flawless trip that was definitely a weekend to remember. And a special thank you to the kind Omega family who truly made us all feel as if we were part of the family itself for 48 hours. Never before have I felt such warmth from everyone in attendance, from the President of Omega to the Hollywood legend supporting the brand, each and every person associated with Omega was an absolute pleasure to meet.