Decorum, Style, and Long Black Gloves: This girl went to the State Opera Ball
There are few things these days that can get me worked up into a frenzy (it seems I have nerves of steel), but mention a ball and suddenly my heart goes a flutter.
The Ples v Opeře is the social event of the season. It is a who’s who of Czech society with supermodels, aristocrats, business tycoons, and politicians all vying for a ticket.
So, how did I end up there?
A fellow journalist, who works for quite a large newspaper, called me on Thursday to announce that she would like it if I accompany her and some fellow bloggers to the event. Her idea quite simply: ‘What is it like for a normal person/non-celebrity to attend such an event?’ There were three of us total; Maruška Václavová, Vojtěch Kaštánek, and myself. Our job was to chat with fellow patrons, take photos of items we found fantastic or down-right tasteless, and write about them for an article she would publish. (to read that article in Czech language Click HERE).
What was nice to see was that many of Czech society’s most influential ladies chose to wear Czech designers. The likes of Natali Ruden, Petra Balvinova TIQE, and Klára Nademlýnská are visible on most red carpets, so it was nice when some of the younger generation present at the ball chose designers like Jakub Polanka, Zuzana Vesela, Loramfashion, Leeda and Kamila Vodochodska.
There were, of course, moments of unbelievable stupidity. For example, when the unnamed politician attempted and succeeded in ordering chips from the waiter. Or, as the evening wore on, people decided to take off their shoes and start dancing in their bare-feet. Don’t get me wrong, that’s all well in good if you are in say, in college -and are 20- but not a grown woman; you should know better.
All in all it was a great evening filled with beautiful people for a beautiful cause. If anyone is wondering whether the ticket for the event is worth it; it totally is! Hope to see you all next year!