Like every year since 1992 the famed le Bal des Débutantes showcases twenty international debutantes and twenty cavaliers from various nations for one glorious evening of high fashion, networking and philanthropy. The extolled guests represent the legacy of renowned beau monde across the arts, politics, business and culture. It has been a grand affair that marks the rite of passage for notable young women. Organized by PR marvin, Ophélie Renouard, as an invitation-only couture event, it is the ultimate princess experience.
Returning this year for its 26th edition, le Bal 2018 saw 4 new Indian faces. Princess Ananya Raje Scindia and Prince Yuvraj Mahanaryaman Scindia of Gwalior – children of Jyotiraditya Scindia ad Priyadarshini Raje Scindia. Aria Mehta – daughter of le Bal’s official jeweller, Payal Mehta and her husband, Dipu Mehta, along with Shloka Birla – daughter of entrepreneur power couple Yash and Avanti Birla.
Princess Ananya Raje Scindia of Gwalior in Lecoanet Hemant gown
Each young lady makes her debut appearance in evince ball gowns from some of the world’s most esteemed fashion houses.
Aria Mehta in Georges Hobeika Couture
Shloka Birla donned a glamorous cocktail dress by Indian courtier Manish Malhotra with her royal escort HSH Prince Jean De Croy Solre.
“When Avanti asked me to dress Shloka for Le Bal, I was delighted to take up her offer. We go back a long way; it was Yash and Avanti who persuaded me to first open a store in Mumbai. They showed tremendous confidence in me, and as they say, the rest is history.
Shloka’s look will essay modern glamour with spunk. Since she is a vivacious personality with a petite frame, I’ve created a gold cocktail dress with delicate appliqué work and crystal drops, with a crystal belt. She will turn heads with the trail that has been attached to the dress, to make a theatrical entrance. ” said Manish Malhotra about his glitzy creation.
Shloka Birla in a heavy embroidered gown by Manish Malhotra with parents Avanti Birla and Yash Birla