Saturday, September 22, 2007

Venice - Palazzo Hopping

Palazzo Papadopoli – The Gucci Group Award Dinner: table settings. The two very long and narrow tables looked spectacular in the salone of the piano nobile of Palazzo Papadopoli for the Gucci Group Award dinner. The minimalist table settings in white with black candles worked well with the opulent moldings and affreschi of the salone overlooking the Grand Canal.

The “Hostess”and her illustrious guest. Christie’s head in Venice, Contessa Bianca Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, who kindly lent Palazzo Papadopoli to the Gucci Group for the dinner, talks with journalist and author Rula Jebreal.

The Fashion VIPs. The most influential lady of Italian fashion, Italian Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani arrived with her creative director, Luca Stoppini.

The “Host” and his glamorous guests. Contessa Marie Brandolini d’Adda jokes about being “competitors’ with neo-glass designer, Conte Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, whilst his sexy cousin, war correspondent, Contessa Ortensia Visconti di Modrone looks on.

The Flowers. Years ago I remember photographing a Gucci party at the Permanente museum in Milan, where the décor, designed by Tom Ford, was all black and white. Today, following in Ford's footsteps, the white roses look very handsome in the black vases of different sizes in the salone at the top of the grand staircase of Palazzo Papadopoli.

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