Holiday Inspiration : Masquerade Balls


01GLAMOUR, ELEGANCE, MYSTERY, EXUBERANCE are all synonyms of masked balls. Whether thrown by Truman Capote in 1966 and known by society’s elite as the event of the decade, or hosted by Carine Roitfeld in celebration of Vogue Paris’ 90th anniversary—with the magazine’s favourite designers, editors, models and actors in attendance—a party that requires an elegant dress code and a mask promises only the most enchanting night for its guests.
02 There is something about concealing one’s identity whilst wearing the most exquisite couture gowns or made-to-measure suits that makes the night open to infinite possibilities. One can adopt any character they wish — become the person they’ve always wanted to be — for a few short hours. One’s composure moulds to the part they wish to play, and their appearance becomes the language they use to express themselves. Will it be a colourfully embellished Venetian Colombina, or a gilded metal filigree mask? Will the dress echo the mask or contrast it? Will the hair be worn in a chic voluminised chignon or romantic waves à la Veronica Lake? The mysteriousness dims the visibility in the room, leaving the night open to a charming, crazy, sumptuous kind of fun. —Victoria03 04 05 06 7 07 08 09 10 10a 11 12 13 14 14a 15 16 17 18 19 20 20a 21 22 23Images: 2, 4, 9, 15, 25 – Bougeotte, 1, 11, 17, 23, 26, 30 – The Fashion Spot,  3, 6, 7, 16, 21, 28 – Vogue, 5 – Simply Style,  8 – Pinterest, 10 – Pessimiss, 12 – Anna Comas, 13 – Tumblr, 14 – Pleasure Photo, 18 – Focus Features, 19 – Max Farago, 20 – Lily, 22 – Visual Optimism, 24 – We Are So Droee, 27 – Lissi Loves, 29 – Paperless Post, 30 – Vogue UK

Victoria | Contributor, London
Fashion Contributor, London

Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.