Karl Lagerfeld to create a Russian-inspired setting for the Rose Ball 2014
50th anniversary celebrations at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco
This year, the annual Rose Ball (Bal de La Rose), an event which lures high society from all over the world, held in benefit of the Princess Grace Foundation, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Presided by TT.SS.HH. the Prince and Princess of Monaco and H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, the ball is set to take place on March 29 at the Salle des Etoiles of Sporting Monte Carlo, in Monaco.
Karl Lagerfeld is set to lend his creative expertise to the event, as he has been selected by H.R.H the Princess of Hanover, the foundation's president, to work on the creative direction of the ball.
Lagerfeld and H.R.H the Princess of Hanover together decided to create a 'Russian'-themed ball, sourcing inspiration from the constructivism era – an artistic, architectural and spiritual movement that emerged in Russia in the early 20th century (1917-1921); while also paying homage to Kazimir Malevich, a Russian painter and theoretician, the main driving force behind the movement.
With that in mind, Lagerfeld has created a stage décor by playing on over-dimentionalism, using geometric figures and flat colour areas. The ceiling will feature a huge luminous construction, complete with elements of constructivism such as rectangles, circles and straight lines; the lobby area will be decorated with screens containing a drawing from the invitation – also designed by Lagerfeld himself.
The 80-year-old's creative contribution is not a first for the designer; he previously created the theme in March 2013 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Monte-Carlo SBM Group, when he transformed the Salle des Etoiles into a 'Belle et Pop' ballroom.