Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Willow Manor Ball 2011 - Isn't It Romantic?




I have no doubt that this year's Willow Manor Ball of virtual fantasy will be every bit as fun as last year's. Time sneaked up on me this year and I feel a bit unprepared. I don't even have a date yet because Southern Gentleman Husband is traveling on business. Then there is the perpetual problem of not having a thing to wear. At least I can put on some lipstick while I search for a gown.

DrMacro

As luck would have it, Count Hubert de Givenchy happened to call for a chat. Not only did he offer me one of his vintage gowns, but he agreed to escort me to the ball.

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Since the ball is Black and White this year, it didn't take long for me to decide to wear the luscious gown he designed for Sabrina. Darling Hubert promptly brought the gown to me and I was pleased how well it fit my tiny figure. He also agreed to take my poodles to his salon for the evening. The boys were hesitant at first but I promised, if they were good, they would get a treat when we got there.

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I'm so glad that the gown has a black petticoat to protect against the Paris sidewalks. On my way out, I slipped my phone into my Guisseppe Zanotti's clutch. The black Swarovski crystals give just the right amount of sparkle.

Giuseppe Zanotti clutch

I always love coming to Hubert's elegant salon. We had just enough time for an aperitif while the boys devoured a tray of canine petit fours the chef always has on hand.

Hubert de Givenchy's Salon by Jeffrey Bailey

Now it's time to stroll to the ball.



and join the party...


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...decorated with black and white anemones at every table...


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...even the food tables were dotted with anemones.


We were delighted to see our favorite clips of Sabrina while Rod Stewart crooned. 


Thank you, Willow, for hosting another splendid evening!

26 comments:

Yoli said...

You looked GORGEOUS!!!! What a treat to see walk in so regally!

Helen said...

... and aren't you the lucky one? A Givenchy original! You looked amazing!

Lena said...

Oh WOW! This must be the most perfectly matched ball in town! The contrasts are amazing. Just goes to show you don't need a whole lot of colour to dazzle!

ps.....the Count's a bit of a honey, isn't he? shhhhhhh!

Catfish Tales said...

Beautiful, beautiful blog - a class act. And a definitely interesting date.
Ik spreek ook Nederlands, maar ik ben een buitenlander die in Nederland woont!

See you at the party. Chin chin

Ruth said...

You know I adore the gown, and how convenient to have your escort be the designer and attend to it every 10 seconds, 'cause you know he cares, personally. You look divine. And tell me, did you decorate the tables for the Lady of the Manor?

rochambeau said...

Oh!! YOU LOOK DIVINE! And what a handsome date and poodles of course!

xox
Constance

Susan Lindquist said...

Beautiful gown and beautiful song ... isn't it romantic? It certainly IS!

Margaret said...

Classy, classy. I listened to the entire song and watched the whole clip. How COULDN"T I? Love love this movie and Rod! You picked the perfect gown and I almost wore one inspired by it... Just a wonderful night.

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post this is!!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this treat! Audrey Hepburn is for me the most beautiful filmstar and Sabrina is one of my favourite movies. But the best of all was Roman Holiday. The dresses she wore were splendid. I also liked the table decorations in b&w. Thank you again!

Marilyn said...

Love your gown, dear Audrey. What a special date and Ball. Just lovely! Sorry is didn't get my act together to come and attend the Ball with all of you.

Tess Kincaid said...

Perfectly divine! Thank you so much for making the Willow Manor Ball 2011 so enjoyable...

Ginnie said...

One day...yes, one year...I will actually attend this Willow Manor Ball, DB. Ruth always whets my appetite. Maybe next year I will figure it out. HOW FUN. You really know how to do it up right, of course. :)

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Yoli,
Thank you! I loved your look of mystery and black and white elegance.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Helen,
Yes, I am indeed lucky that dahling Hubert loaned me his originial escorted me for the evening.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Lena,
Yes, the absence of color can be powerful. I see that you matched the scene here perfectly. Thank you for letting me take a twirl on the dance floor with your handsome and charming date!

Dutchbaby said...

Beste Catfish Tales,
Wat leuk dat je hier helemaal van Zeeland kwam. Je rode jurk zag er perfect hieruit.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ruth,
Yes, I was so fortunate I had Hubert by my side. He made sure my train looked perfect all night long. The hand-embroidery of the dress was impressive.

I did not design the flowers here, but I would shamelessly borrow inspiration from it if I were put to the task and anemones were in season.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear rochambeau,
Why thank you dahling, I was so proud to be with my escort and poodles.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Susan Lindquist,
It was so good of Rod Stewart to serenade us during the ball. I loved visiting with your date.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Margaret,
You and Clark would have felt quite comfortable at this black and white event.

I always wonder when I post these clips whether anyone actually takes the time to watch them, so thanks for telling me you watched it in its entirety. Rod did a grand job, didn't he?

Dutchbaby said...

Dear lisa,
Thank you, I enjoyed writing it!

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Reader Wil,
Yes, Audrey was stunningly beautiful and "Roman Holiday" is one of my favorites also. She was perfectly cast for that role.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Marilyn,
Next year, I expect to see you and your date at the ball. Perhaps you can set up the dessert table for us?

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Tess Kincaid,
Thank you for hosting another elegant affair to remember. Such a genius idea.

Dutchbaby said...

Dear Ginnie,
Oh I do hope you will come next year. Klompen will echo beautifully on the wooden dance floor...

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