On the surface it looks simple because it's composed of only a few elements but that only makes the details stand out more. Think of a Vera Wang dress or a Tom Ford suit. They ooze quality yet are so simple in design. Every element has been thought about, labored over and given the utmost attention. That's how I think of this event. To me, it's perfect in its simplicity and elegance. You could say that the event theme was about dreams, but if we hadn't paid attention to the reality of the details, it could have been a nightmare!
The stage was 20 feet high, 25 feet wide and constructed of padded white suede panels and then framed around the perimeter with antiqued mirror panels. It was a look that was simple, elegant and pure Valentino! (The Valentino people loved it and are already using it in their internal publications.)
This is another view of the stage and the runway. The runway ran the entire length of the ballroom and was infinity shaped. The highest donor tables were located inside the infinity circles and just outside the center platform that ramped up to 18 inches at the center.
These chandeliers were not part of the ballroom. We installed them and they were five feet wide and more than seven feet tall, filling up the center of the room and positioned inside the infinity circle. The perimeter of the room was draped in white penne velvet.
The centerpieces for the top tier donor tables featured varying configurations, but all included mirrored box containers filled with white calla lilies, broken clear glass and small "diamonds."
We created our own antique mirror table tops and dressed the base with simple, white lamour linen. The chairs for each table were one of three styles from Chameleon Chairs and the clear chargers allowed the rustic nature of the mirror show through.
One last parting shot…
I want to give kudos to my amazing building crew on creating an antique mirror look out of mirrored Plexiglas. It took a lot of elbow grease, acid and faux painting to make it look so authentic and it turned out great! Thank you!