Darling debs debut in designer duds … L.A. Natives Francesca Eastwood & Autumn Whitaker (daughters of Clint Eastwood and Forrest Whitaker) attend the Crillon Debutante Ball in Paris
I thought a lot this week slash weekend…. Thoughts included what I was happy and thankful for, what food I would be devouring on Thanksgiving, family and friends, AND The annual Crillon Debutante Ball.
Debutante comes from the french word, “debuter”, which means to lead off.
Ever since I watched Cinderella or any princess slash ball themed movie, I had always wanted to go to a ball…..(many of them, but only to wear ball gowns). Unfortunately, these days, one of the only places you will see people this dressed up is at this special event. I remember when I was little, that going to see an opera, play, or musical, was the time to get dressed up; Cut to years later and people are dressed in sweats or jeans and an ugly sweater to go see an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. (Some people just disgust me
Each Year, on November 28th, “Le Bal” takes places in the gorgeous six star Hotel de Crillon in Paris, France. This historical hotel was built in 1758, commissioned by King Louis XV.
This palace is not only beautiful, it offers de-lish food in it’s main restaurant, Les Ambassadeurs. Chef, Jean-Francois Piege, has created a diverse menu for this fine dining establishment, boosting two Michelin stars.
You know me… always going off on a tangent….back to “Le Bal” !
A little history lesson for you straight from the source:
Once upon a time, young ladies from the aristocratic families of the U.K. would wait eagerly for their eighteenth birthdays. It was then that they would be presented to the H.M. the Queen at the start of the season’s balls. These young ladies were referred to as “debutantes”. This Anglo-Saxon tradition would go on to influence balls all across Europe.
In France, in 1957, the Couture House Jean Patou revived the tradition. It became an annual event, taking place on alternate years at the Versailles Palace and the Opera in Paris. Mr. Jacques Chazot presented the debutantes wearing tiaras, white gowns and white gloves.
The political events of May 1968 saw the end of the debutante ball in France.
In 1991, Ophelie Renouard and her team, of the PR agency Embleme, revived this tradition and transformed it to suit the modern world. The Ball became a fashionable Parisian event whose success has been increasing year after year.
Since 1991, the Crillon Hotel, overlooking the Place de la Concorde in Paris, has been the perfect location to complement “le bal”.
This annual event starts with an Haute Couture catwalk featuring twenty-four “new debs” from about ten countries. The catwalk is followed by a dinner and a ball.”
- Le Bal des debutantes de Paris, www.lebal.fr
So every year after I gorge myself with stuffing, I look forward to knowing that in a few days I will be able to see the most beautiful ball gowns ever (Cinderella moment, yay !! )
The only thing that semi bothers me these days in relation to the ball is that a lot of the attendees are the offspring or grand offspring of rockers, models, girls whose parents pay their way in, and average actors. For some reason, in my twisted head, I liked it more when I felt that everyone who attended was meant to be there slash had a place there…. (Cough Miss *L.A.*, whose full name will not be said, because she is a blogger (no reason to be there) and does not need any more publicity.)
This years debs include: Ariel Ho-Hjaer, granddaughter of billionaire Chinese entrepreneur Stanley Ho, Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Frances Fisher and Clint Eastwood, Tatler’s Girl of the Year and Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer, Johanna Platon de Turckheim, daughter to actress Charlotte de Turckheim, Adishree Singh, Indian Princess, Virginia Tournon, daughter of Italian author, Benedetta Cibrario, Autumn Whitaker, daughter of Forest Whitaker …
All of the girls attend with dashing young man known as a “Cavalier”. (It would amuse me to no end if there was a King Charles the Cavalier
No couture designer made me a snazzy dress for my cotillion dances ?
L.A. Royalty: Autumn Whitaker (Pilgrim School ’10) returns from the Crillion debutante ball in Paris
Joining the likes of Scout Willis, who attended the Crillon ball last year with Bruce Willis, Demi Moore AND Ashton, Autumn Whitaker, daughter of Forrest, returns home from her whirlwind week in Paris at the coolest deb ball on the planet. Wearing Jason Wu, this 17-year-old Hollywood native was escorted by friend William Bellingham, who can trace his ancestry back to Sir Anthony of Bellingham, 8th Baronet of Castlebellingham. Whitaker’s rock ’n’ roll-themed sweet 16 was featured in Teen Vogue last year. Her dad is actor Forest Whitaker; mom is actress and model Keisha Whitaker.