Saturday, November 16, 2013

Elisa Balbo Entertains Valentino Flagship Store Opening In Shanghai

L'Italiana in China: Balbo Serenades 
On Thursday, November 14th, a party celebrating the opening of Valentino’s first flagship in Shanghai, designed by architect David Chipperfield, and a runway spectacle debut of the brand’s new Shanghai ready-to-wear and Haute Couture collection, which will be available in stores next April took place at the bedazzling Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, whose 40,000 square meters of space include a riverside park and suspended enclosures dubbed the “Shanghai Chandelier." Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli were joined by a mix of models and actresses like Du Juan, Hanne Gabe Odiele, and Jun Hasegawa. Guests enjoyed views of the city’s futuristic skyline, lounged on votive-lit louche red sofas and were serenaded by opera soprano Elisa Balbo before the Djs Sean and Anthony Souza took over. This marked the opening of Valentino’s second largest flagship in the world (the first is in Milan) and the first time the brand has developed a city-specific collection. [Source] Watch a video of the soprano, singing "Tacea la notte placida" from Verdi's Il Trovatore, after the jump. The soprano performed last April for S.Pellegrino's tribute to Luciano Pavarotti in New York and most recently at the Arena di Verona for "Opera on Ice." You can also find her on Facebook.