Permission to sparkle, permission to be OTT: Vienna’s ball season is all about glamour. Voilà! Here is the city’s dance calendar with the best balls plus the most exciting looks and must-haves for your very own red-carpet appearance!
Delicate fringes, shimmering silk or lavish velvet. During ball season long evening gowns, suits in high-end fabrics, high heels and lacquer shoes finally have their day! The perfect styles for the dance floor await at Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani, Brioni and Valentino.
Add glamour with jewellery
Of course, the right jewellery is essential. Take a leaf out of Louis Vuitton’s book and opt for shoulder–duster earrings and short necklaces. Or for something more opulent, head to Etro. With colourful stones around your neck and eye-catching chandelier earrings, it’s easy to jazz up a simple ball gown. On your finger: Pomellato’s Iconica collection with sparkling stars for the long night of the ball.
“Save Water, Drink Champagne”: why not share your light-hearted motto for the evening with the clutch by Cecilia Ma (available at Amicis). Talking about drink: if you want a glass of Champagne or a cocktail before the ball, you’ll love the new menu at The Bank Brasserie & Bar.
Let the waltz begin! The most important balls of the season:
12th January: WU Ball
18th January: Flower Ball
24th January: Vienna Philharmonic Ball
26th January: Techniker Cercle
28th January: Hunters’ Ball
22nd February: Coffeehouse Owners’ Ball
28th February: Vienna Opera Ball and Rose Ball
1st March: Bonbon Ball
2nd March: Lawyers’ Ball
4th March: Rudolfina Masked Ball