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PLAY TIME: Couture week in July promises parties fantastical enough to rival the high fashions on the runway. Natalia Vodianova has tapped French production wizard Alexandre de Betak to create a transporting decor for her White Fairy Tale Love Ball, to be held at Valentino’s spectacular Château de Wideville on the outskirts of Paris. Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Kate Winslet are among VIPs expected at the event, all in benefit of the Naked Heart Foundation, a charity that aids underprivileged and special-needs children in Russia. To date, the foundation has built 60 play parks in 44 Russian cities.
The centerpiece of the Paris night is a fashion show of more than 40 custom-designed dresses, all inspired by fairy tales, that will be auctioned off that evening by Christie’s. Participating designers range from Agent Provacateur and Chanel to Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent. Monies are also raised via sales of tickets and tables for the dinner gala. Guests are to be treated with a surprise concert and go home with a limited edition photo book by Paolo Roversi featuring Vodianova modeling each of the exclusive designer dresses.