Floor sweeping gowns, statement jewels, and a star-studded gathering that can easily be compared to the Oscars – that sums up Le Bal Paris. For the past 25 years, Le Bal des Débutantes has come to define one of the most important events in the Parisian social calendar. Fashioned like traditional European balls, the gathering serves as a formal introduction of its young participants, or debutantes, to society and media. An eclectic mix of young girls from across the world, the daughters of aristocrats, business tycoons, political bigwigs, and Hollywood powerhouses are ‘presented’ at the event, which has seen participation from brands like Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, and Valentino.
This time Shanaya Kapoor, daughter of actor Sanjay Kapoor and jewellery designer Maheep Kapoor, made her debut at Le Bal last night. Not new to the limelight, we’ve already seen her grace many red carpets. Kapoor adorned a ruffeled, red gown by Lecoanet Hemant and jewels by Mumbai-based designer Harakh Mehta. She was introduced on the floor by her handsome cavalier Maximilian Hindmarch.
The past editions of Le Bal have seen the likes of True Whitaker, daughter of Oscar winner Forest Whitaker; Ava Philippe, daughter of actress Reese Witherspoon; Lori, TV host Steve Harvery’s daughter; and Julia McCaw, daughter of US telecom tycoon Craig McCaw, being presented. From India, Navya Naveli Nanda, Isha Ambani, Leana Mallya, daughter of Vijay Mallya, Princess Shaiyra Devi of Kapurthala, Princess Adishree Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, and Bollywood actress Ananya Panday have all been presented at the ball.
Last year Shloka Birla, daughter of Yash Birla and Avanti Birla and Princess Ananya Raje Scindia, daughter of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Priyadarshini Raje Scindia made their Le Bal debut.
Brainchild of a Parisian PR maven Ophélie Renouard, Bal des Débutantes was started in 1992 in association with Renault. The funds collected at the event are donated to two charity organisations, Enfants d’Asie (Children of Asia), which works for the benefit of approximately 10,000 children in South East Asia, and The Selini Institute, an NGO supporting the mental health of women and teenage mothers.