GALA SEASON

Inside Monaco’s Rose Ball, Where Princess Charlotte Casiraghi and Karl Lagerfeld Let Their Hair Down

Once a year, at the outset of the party season, Monégasques and foreigners alike get an audience with the royal family of Monaco, including the regal Princess Caroline of Hanover — daughter of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III — and her daughter, Gucci and Montblanc muse and proficient equestrian Charlotte Casiraghi, at the annual Bal de la Rose, or Rose Ball. For the past several years, the gala has also been designed by Chanel and Fendi designer Karl Lagerfeld, a family friend of the Monégasque royal clan. This year, he transformed the majestic Salle des Étoiles into a scene out of turn-of-the-century Vienna, selecting the Art Nouveau period as his starting point. Go inside the glamorous, ritzy event, the unofficial kickoff of Monaco’s party season, here.

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Karl Lagerfeld and Caroline, Princess of Hanover, arrive at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Karl Lagerfeld, Pierre, Béatrice, and Charlotte Casiraghi, and Caroline, Princess of Hanover, arrive at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Charlotte Casiraghi, Juliette Maillot, and Mona Walravens get down on the dance floor at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Dancers from the Princess Grace Academy assist at a raffle during the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Even Karl Lagerfeld couldn’t remain in his seat during the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Designer Karl Lagerfeld blows a kiss to a performer during the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Imany performs during the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Inside the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Juliette Maillor and Charlotte Casiraghi depart the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Hollysiz performs during the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia, arrives at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Gio Repossi, mother of Gaia Repossi, and Princess Alvaro de Orléans-Bourbon arrive at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.

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Racecar driver Jacky Ickx and singer Khadja Nin arrive at the Rose Ball in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 2017.