Harper’s Bazaar magazine, in partnership with the Quintessentially Lifestyle English club, held the fifth annual Charity Bazaar auction on Nov. 29. The event brings together prominent individuals in business, the arts and fashion for one of the main high society functions of the capital city. This year, the auction was held in the Bakhmetevsky building, formerly a bus garage and currently a modern art gallery.
Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Daria Valedeeva opened the gala evening by welcoming participants and thanking them for supporting the charitable initiative despite the inclement weather. Valedeeva noted that charitable activity is on the rise and that an increasing number of guests attend the Charity Bazaar each year.
After the welcoming words, guests watched a film by the World Fashion Channel about last year’s Charity Bazaar. The film featured stories about the children who received funds for medical treatment that were raised at the 2011 Charity Bazaar.
Following the film, the evening’s MCs, Igor Wernik and Renata Litvinova, opened the auction. They presented 17 unique lots created especially for the 2012 Charity Bazaar by such companies as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Axenoff Jewellery, Prima Exclusive, Dior, Akillis, de Grisogono, Matiolli, Casato, Je t’aime, Lublu Kira Plastinina, Natasha Zinko, Taj, Why Not Sky, Coutts as well as Natalia Vodyanova together with the Kristall Mechty (Crystal Dreams) jewelry house. Additional lots were also provided for the Charity Bazaar auction by Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, UGG Australia, S. Pellegrino and others.
This year’s Charity Bazaar auction raised more than 600,000 euros. All of the funds will go to the Naked Heart, Lifeline, Peace Planet and Faith charitable foundations.
In honor of the fifth anniversary charity event, leading Russian designers created dresses that were worn by their own particular muses: Irina Komissarova wore a dress by Bohema, Ksenia Sukhinova modeled a dress by Valentin Yudashkin, Aysel Trudel – A la Russe Anastasia Romantsova, Anna Chipovskaya – Vika Gazinskaya, Ida Lolo – Lublu Kira Plastinina, Snezhana Georgieva – Tzipporah by Natasha Goldenberg, Maria Lichtenfeld – Katya Dobryakova, Nina Gomiashvili – Walk of Shame, Alexandra Fedorova – Bessarion, Natalia Turovnikova – Yuly Kalmanovich and Daria Veledeeva wore a dress by Alena Akhmadullina. Copies of the dresses presented at the event were already on sale the next day at the Charity Bazaar Cocktail event held at the Aizel Moscow boutique on Stoleshnikov Pereulok.
The guest roster at the 2012 Charity Bazaar included Eka Ordzhonikidze, Tatiana Arno, Sofiko Shevardnadze, Ovanes Pogosyan, Olga Sorokina, Elizaveta Molchanova, Snezhana Georgieva, Stella Aminova, Tatian Fuchs, Marianna Sardarova, Margarita Lieva and Eduard Taran, Yulia Bordovskikh and Alexei Kravtsov, Miroslava Duma, Natalia Goldenberg, Viktoria and Anton Borisevich, Ksenia Sukhinova, Yegor Konchalovsky and Lyubov Tolkalina, Nina Gomiashvili, Alexei Garber, Maria Lopatova, Yulia Kosova, Nadezhda Obolentsiva, Irina Volskaya, Alexander Lopatin, Andrei Fomin, Anna Brostrem, Emilia Kazandzhyan and many others.
Daria Veledeeva along with Hugh Edmeades of Christie’s auction house arrived at the Bakhmetevsky building in VIP shuttles – BMW 7 series automobiles provided by the Pelican Primary official BMW dealership.
The final note of the evening was a performance by Sergei Mazaeva and the group Moralny Kodeks (Code of Ethics).
Coutts Bank, which has provided exclusive services for more than 300 years, acted as general partner to the event. The Pelican Primary BMW dealership, with the most modern technical equipment and offering automobile sales and service conforming to BMW 2015 standards, acted as official sponsor to the evening. Additional partners to the auction included Nespresso, S. Pellegrino and the Tridvornova art bureau.