THE ROYAL HISTORY OF MONACO’S BAL DE LA ROSE
Founded in 1954 by the late Princess Grace of Monaco (an avid patron of the arts), the highly anticipated annual Bal de la Rose marks the start of the annual social calendar in the tiny principality of Monaco. Now celebrating its 62nd year, international high society figures continue to flock to Monte-Carlo for an evening of fundraising for the Princess Grace Foundation.
Style.com/Arabia takes you inside Diala Makki‘s 48-hour whistle-stop journey to the sparking event in Monaco’s grand capital. Discussing the similarities between royalty in Monaco and Dubai, the Dubai-based beauty and TV personality said, “Both the Monegasque and the Dubai royal families are fervent supporters of philanthropic and artistic initiatives.”
Step inside Diala Makki’s royal fairytale adventure here:
Diala Makki, you have been invited to the Bal de la Rose.
A helicopter awaits Diala Makki at the Nice airport to whisk her away to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Upon arrival, a quick pit stop at the famous Café de Paris in Monte-Carlo.
A little sightseeing in between filming.
Ready for her close-up, Diala Makki with the French M6 film crew.
A catch up with Lebanese actress Lamitta Frangieh.
Ready for a casual dinner in Fendi and flares.
Poised and ready for the photocall.
The Monégasque Royal family in attendance: Beatrice Borromeo-Casiraghi (in Giambattista Valli Fall 2016 Couture); Pierre Casiraghi; Princess Alexandra of Hanover (in Chanel Fall 2016 Couture); His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; Princess Caroline of Hanover (in Chanel Fall 2016 Couture); Charlotte Casiraghi (in Chanel Fall 2016 Couture); Tatiana Santo Domingo (in Gucci); Andrea Casiraghi; and Karl Lagerfeld.
This year, and under the art direction of none other than Karl Lagerfeld, the Sporting Monte Carlo Club Salle Des Étoiles venue was transformed into a Cuban Buena Vista Social Club to the delight of the distinguished guests.
An elegant pair of the iconic Boucheron Plume de Paon earrings took center stage while Diala Makki’s locks were slicked back into a low ponytail complete with center part. A Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet timepiece (launched at SIHH) adorned her wrist.
Although Princess Charlene of Monaco was absent, Diala Makki was spotted with the royal’s stylist, Patrice Papa.
Cinderella o’clock. After dancing to the Cuban beats, it was time to head back to the exclusive Hôtel Hermitage.
A Dior makeup team flew in from Paris to perfect Diala Makki’s makeup. Damian Garozzo was on hand to ensure that Makki was red carpet-ready from every angle.
Images Courtesy of: Palais Princier, Monte Carlo Société Des Bains De Mer, Diala Makki, and Nada Sahab