Animal Ball 2016

This time last week I was on pins and needles awaiting the long awaited, much anticipated Animal Ball.. hosted at Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London in aid of The Elephant Family Charity.

I was lucky enough that be one of the designers at the previous Animal Ball in 2013 hosted by HRH Prince Charles at St James Palace so when I was approached to participate again this year I jumped at the Chance!!

This year headline designers included Mathew Williamson, Burberry, Chloe, Mario Testino, Philip Treacy and Piers Atkinson to name a few so to be designing masquerade masks alongside them was just an amazing experience.

The Ball itself was simply fabulous, Victoria House was transformed into a safari with the most incredible background for one of the best parties of the year with guests including Ellie Goulding, Princess Eugenie, Anna Friel, James Middleton, Donna Air and many other fabulous guests!!

Hopefully the event managed to raise money for the late Mark Shands amazingly wonderful Charity, it was an honour to be a part of it and look forward to hopefully being so again in the future!

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Royal Elephant Ball 2016

Just 3 years ago we were lucky enough to be a part of The Elephant Family’s incredible Animal Ball 2013 held at St James Palace and attended by celebrities, fashion designers and Royalty from across the globe to raise money for Mark Shands Elephant Family Charity.. The event raised a whopping £600,000, £4000 of which…

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The Animal Ball – Tuesday 9th July

Well, you would have had to live under a rock not to know about my involvement in The Animal Ball but if for some reason you don’t then here is a quick recap!

I was invited to design and create 2 masquerade masks for VIP Guests at the Animal Ball hosted by The Elephant Family Charity. I designed a lion and a swan which were auctioned off for a whopping £2000!!

It was always going to be a star studded affair but I was left speechless when my lion mask was presented to HRH Prince Charles!

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It was a magnificent evening partying with the rich, beautiful and famous folk! Particularly thrilled to meet Cara Delevengne who was absolutely gorgeous and really good fun!

Apparently next year it will be held in New York! I can’t wait…

Animal Ball Eve

So it’s here!! Tomorrow we’ll be drinking champers on the lawn of Clarence House with Prince Charles and Lady Camila!

The big question everyone wants to know (well…some of you) is what I shall we wearing to the ball.. So here goes..

The dress

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The Shoes

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And.. The Mask..

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Just in case your wondering, I’m going as a red bird!!

Want to find out more about the event visit Animal Ball

Masking up the Moment Pictures

As you know we attended the “Masking up the Moment” event on Monday which was quite a spectacle!! Some truly amazing designs by such talented people.. it was simply unbelievable to be a part of.

Exhibition at Sotheby’s

There are moments in your life that you will never EVER forget and today is one of those days for me. I’m still in shock that I was even invited to design masquerade asks for this event but to see my work on show at Sotheby’s next to designers such as Mario Testino, Vivianne Westwood, Milono Blahnik, Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson to name but a few is just AMAZING!!

The full Collection will be on view in June where distinguished guests will be paired with the masks to be worn at The Animal Ball on the 7th July … I hear Kate Moss is on the guest list (OMG!)

I have been invited to the event to be held at Lancaster House and I simply cannot wait… I am absolutely thrilled to be involved and to be able to help raise awareness and (lots) of money for The Elephant Family Charity.

If you would like to know more about The Elephant Family visit www.elephantfamily.org

Tickets for The Animal Ball are available for £1000 each from the Elephant Family, for further enquiries contact Jessica Lowe 0207 251 5099 or email jessica@elephantfamily.org

Masquerade Masks for The Animal Ball

Here they are!! My masks are finally finished and ready to go to Sotherby’s for the exhibition from the 9th to the 14th of May and again in June.

I tried to stay true to my feather designs and settled on a lion and a swan.. What do you think?

Other masks are currently being designed by an array of top artists, fashion houses and jewellers. Other designers on board include, DVF, Mario Testino, Cartier, Fabergé, Missoni and more recently Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin , and we are fortunate enough to have Christian Lacroix, Marc Quinn, and Goldie Hawn on our committee. A wonderful collaboration of creative minds so far.

I hope you get a chance to see the full collection next week and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the designs that have been exhibited.

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Just Fascinating’s Invite to The Animal Ball at Clarence House

Well… What can I say… When I received this email, I really wasn’t sure they had sent it to the right person but after several phone calls and some kind reassurance from the lovely Lucy Frank I realised that I had, in fact, been approached to take part in designing some of the masks for this wonderful event organised by The Elephant Family in London.

This year, They are throwing a magnificent masked Animal Ball in aid of their 10th anniversary!

The evening will begin at 7pm on the lawns of Clarence House, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.  The party will then migrate next door, to Lancaster House, where 24 magnificent rooms designed by the inimitable Michael Howells await the guests.

The guest list will be an eclectic collision of the social, artistic, fashion, film, political and literary world – 600 people out to have the best night of 2013.  All guests will wear animal masks, created by the world’s leading fashion houses – butterflies, peacocks,  birds of paradise, rhinos, pandas, big cats, small cats, monkeys, chimps and of course elephants.

The masks are currently being designed by an array of top artists, fashion houses and jewellers. Other designers on board include, DVF, Mario Testino, Cartier, Fabergé, Missoni and more recently Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin , and we are fortunate enough to have Christian Lacroix, Marc Quinn, and Goldie Hawn on our committee. A wonderful collaboration of creative minds so far.

Benefits to designers include,

.             Extensive high-end media coverage and PR opportunities -currently engaged in talks with Vogue for a media exclusive on the masks
.             VIP guests wearing and being photographed in the masks on the evening itself
.             Concessionary rates on ball tickets
.             A preview exhibition of the masks at Sotheby’s in May

.             An exclusive exhibition of all the masks together and an opportunity to meet all other designers involved

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Needless to say.. I am extremely nervous about this!  I’m currently working on some designs so as soon as I have something I will post up the photo’s for your feedback… Wish me luck!!!