Tonight the prestigious Bal Des Debutantes (also known as the Crillon Bal) is taking place at the uber-glam, uber-luxe Crillon Hotel on the magical Place de la Condorde. What is the Bal des Debutantes? It’s one of the most prestigious coming out balls in which a young lady is presented to society. Some people may wonder if things like this still matter in this day and age (and if so why). Well, I think they do! And apparently so do the aristocratic and wealthy families who continue to participate in this tradition.
Some debs participating this year include: HRH Charlotte de Bourbon Princess of Parma; Tallulah Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore; Eliza Fraser, granddaughter of the novelist Antonia Fraser; Flora Collins, daughter of Amy Fine Collins who is in charge of the International Best Dressed List; Vivian Chou, daughter of Silas Chou who is the majority owner of the Michael Kors label; Oriane Piccard whose grandfather was the inspiration for Professor Tournesol in The Adventures of Tinti; and Hikari Mori, granddaughter of designer Hanae Mori. The money raised at the event will go to former Crillon deb Lauren Bush‘s FEED Foundation.
I’ve seen video footage of this event and read about some of the American debs in Vogue (couture dress shopping with Andre Leon Talley in Paris, natch). It seems like a wonderful experience. It’s not just the night of the Bal that matters, but it’s the connections the girls make, the friendships that are forged, and the memories that are made that last a lifetime. Look, I wasn’t a deb, but it is on my list of things that I wish I had done when I was younger (along with studying abroad and going to a Swiss finishing school LOL). However, as an independent woman who is beyond the age of my parents steering my life, I have been enriched by charting my own course and chasing my dreams.