Thursday, December 1

The Debutante Ball

Oh to be born wealthy and with passable good looks. Every year a select group of well-born young ladies are presented like prize fillies at the Hotel Crillon's Haute Couture Ball. This year, however, the event seems to have set a new low by allowing celebrity offspring in its midst. Being the grand-daughter of Steve McQueen can still probably carry some cachet in social circles but what notable birthright can the daughter of Andie "Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed" MacDowell claim? Why not just open the floodgates and invite every girl whose mum uses L'Oreal Revitalift?

Despite this little aberration, the upper crust remained unfazed and magnanimously posed for the photographers in their ritual finery.


Bianca Brandolini D'Adda, descendant of Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, is the model for Valentino's single biggest mistake of his life. Seen here on the catwalk, it really is as bad as you think. Whipped cream and sheer black tulle...there is never a good way to transfer your sexual fantasies to a dress.



Princess Augusta von Preussen of Germany is wearing a Giles Deacon creation. There is nothing wrong with the dress per se even though it will result in many guests making minimal eye contact with her. However the problem lies elsewhere...I know I should try and limit the number of Star Wars references used in the 1 week but damn..those are some wookie arms that the Princess of Kashykkk is sporting.


Viscountess Dorothee de Jonghe d'Ardoye, a member of the Belgian royal family, opted for something made by her local couture house Natan. Chocolate being one of Belgium's finest exports, it makes sense that it be incorporated into their finest gowns as well. She's like an endless serving of Viennetta chocolate icecream!


Nadine Ghosn, daughter is wearing vintage Didier Ludot. It is an odd angle to be taking a glamour shot, made odder by the fact I can't tell whether what's sprouting out from the bottom half is intentional design or just pubic hair gone out of control.


Laetitia Marie de Moustier is resplendent in this design by Gerald Watelet, made of Michelin starred restaurant-quality table linen. However a small flock of less privileged birds slammed into her and died shortly after impact, but not before releasing a not inconsiderable amount of droppings.


This Chanel couture gown, worn by Marie de Menthon, has received plenty of coverage from the moment it appeared on the runway. It's been featured in several magazine shoots but unfortunately it doesn't improve upon repeated viewings. If you pull the black ribbon one of two things could happen: (1) air is released from the balloon section, causing Marie to go flying noisily all over the place or (2) the bottom section of the dress falls off, allowing Marie the use of her legs instead of just waiting around to be swept off her feet.

This whole event may strike you as rather elitist but it's done for the benefit of you, the person of common ilk. How else can you, the lowly commoner, learn that the nobility can still screw up their fashion choices, albeit on a much grander scale than you will ever hope to achieve.

28 Comments:

At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bwah ha ha ha! Hilarious! I was laughing out loud. Please, Sprirt Fingers, may I have some more???

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" - that's the sound of a wookie screaming libel. Good post!

LBYB

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Dee said...

Hey Spirit Fingers,

I could tell just by the title, that your blog was going be off the chain...lol.

Keep on blogging...

Peace,
Dee

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger j-a said...

i think it is pubic hair gone awry.

who knew the rich and not so famous could spend their money like this?

 
At 6:32 AM, Blogger ... floating, not drowning... said...

You should do HK socialites for a laugh!

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my god! you're so mean! nadine ghosn is in my school in paris, and in my french class and she's really nice and not show-offy at all! she's like any other 11th grader...

 
At 1:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are unbelievably pathetic. spending all of your time making fun of people whom you are jealous of, just becuase you aren't satisfied with yourself...

that's not very healthy, i must say...

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Brilliant!

 
At 2:54 AM, Blogger Olivia said...

Ha! I was just reading about these girls in my New York Social Diary subscription, and Googling their names, in preparation for blogging a bit.
But I see you have beat me to it. I will not, however, be writing about their dresses, or much at all. When it comes to the NYSD happenings, I merely offer some links for my more intrepid readers!

I like what you did write though, very funny!

 
At 6:14 AM, Anonymous hayi said...

yer wot cool blog i know lods of girls like that like peaches geldorf and english socialite sarah young!

 
At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how extremely lame of you... so what exactly do you think you're going to get out of making fun of haute couture dresses you're never going to be able to afford? because only paupers who don't have anything better to do with their lives other than going on the internet and blogging about other peoples' lives would do that. i happen to know five of the girls who attended the 2005 ball and unless you were a debutante yourself and have a justifiable reason for hating these girls so much i say :shut up.
oh, and about your blog: is this called humour? you sound like the fat girl at the back of the classroom that talks too much and thinks it's being popular. star wars references? please.

 
At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you people are the most jealous, disgusting people EVER!! u have no right to say anything about someone u dont no!!! that is just the most low class thing anyone could EVER do!

 
At 1:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are the one who ends up looking stupid, trust me...the thing is, you look up to these girls and you know who will never be like them...you may not like their dresses but you are jealous because you will never be able to afford any of them...i actually feel sad for you...you bitch about them and you dont even know them...you must be really bored to end up doing that...and if you really found them stupid ad did not care about them you wouldnt bother putting up al that stuffs...
i know one of them and she is a very sweet person...i have spent a lot of time with her with out knowing who she really was and i would never have guessed because she didnt show of and was respectful...i guess that's what they have and what you lack: class

 
At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Patricia said...

to second the rest of the anonymous people, you are amazingly low class to make these kinds of comments.
Furthermore, you have no right to generalize debutante balls the way you have. I will be a deb in december, and I know the proceeds from my ball are going to two different charities. The other ball that is annually held in my town also raises money for charity. So please, do not criticize debutante balls in this way, in many cities they raise a lot of money for a good cause.

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so mean to say such horrible things about young women you don't even know. Saying you are a jealous pauper is right.
Debutante balls are usually for charity, so all the money is being put to very good use. The parents of the debutantes usually donate huge amounts of money, so why shouldn't the women be presented? All of these girls contributed in some way, so they EARNED the privelege of being a debutante.
I would LOVE to be a debutante, and since I'm Filipino, I get a cotillion in my honor for my 18th b-day.
Stop being mean, and try being nice for a change.

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Kera said...

How pathetic! Just because you're poor doesn't mean you have to be rude. Being upper class isn't just about whose family you belong to, it's about your character and how refined you are. I'm not the richest person in the world, but people tell me all the time that I have class.
Seconding Patricia and the other anonymous, debutante balls are almost always for charity. My friend was a debutante, and the ball was for orphanages in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
So listen to the other intelligent and elegant people who are telling you the same thing I'm telling you now: SHUT UP

 
At 9:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You racist dog! What do you have against Asians? Filthy pig!

 
At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Emily said...

Do you honestly have nothing better to do than make fun of dresses you'll never be able to buy? Certain dresses might be a little...um, interesting, but a few dresses shown were very beautiful, to the expert eye, at least.
And what exactly are you trying to prove? If it is to prove how mean you are, then you've succeeded. I can't believe how low-class you are being. Wait, I take that back, I CAN believe it, if you're willing to spend so much time insulting the nobility that you'll never be part of.

 
At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Melanie said...

omg i can't believe how mean you are! why are you saying such bad things about women you have no reason to hate? like the others who've said it before, debutante balls are for charity. it's not all just an extravagant waste of money for shallow, yet pretty, rich girls, as you seem to believe.
unless you know these women personally, please don't say such mean things. if you personnally know these girls and they were horrible to you, that would be a completely diffeent story. but if you were better than them, as you seem to believe that you are, you wouldn't spend so much time insulting them. it's called rising above the occasion, which you have no intention of doing, unfortunately.

 
At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

moi j'aimerai bien savoir dans pqel lycée est Nadine Ghosn.si quelqu'un le sait ca seraiès tré gentl de me le dire.

 
At 3:03 AM, Anonymous ilmaestro1 said...

Nadine is really a very beautiful girl.when you see her for the first time the first thing you feel is a kind of love at first sight.she is a goddess, a marvel...oh my godhow to forget her ?

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, all you debutante's or one's who know debutante's seem to be so judgmental, how do you know this person is "the fat girl at the back of the class, jealous of what you have, mean and pathetic?
It appears to me that you are all living in fear. Only if you live in fear do you have that terrible nastiness called judgment.

o and by the way I'm having a debutante ball, and it's going to kick ass, debutante meets hillbilly, you know like the beverly hillbillies, best debutante ball ever!
o and my dress, it will be gingham, and there will be square dancing.
ha

 
At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are all so stupid a lame. Spirit Finger can blogg what ever she feels like blogging about. You guys are the silly ones that feed into this. Go enjoy your Balls & forget what anyone has to say - the hairy arm girl does need waxing done - I am a "Material Girl" pink dress must go too.

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Daniela said...

Firstly, half the comments on this page were just plain nasty, including the ones in the blog. There is no need to put people down on a night they are looking forward to and that they have worked so hard for.
You may think debutantes are snobby, and spend money for the sake of it, but some of these comments about them are just plain cruel.
Is that the door to the cave of the green-eyed jealousy monster opening I hear?
If you commented my debutante dress, I would've just wiped it off, thinking you were a jealous girl with no class.
The whole point of coming out is to present a refined young lady, with class, dignity, and respect. You seem to be missing all of those things.
I can guarantee you will never join the class of girls that you are talking about, unless you gain some maturity, and maybe just be a nice person, because thats what it is all about.

 
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