5 Best Society Balls of 2018
1/5 The 36th Singapore Tatler Ball 2018
The 36th Singapore Tatler Ball was such a success, thanks to our Tatler friends who did not shy from the Maximalism theme, arriving in fabulous get-ups: from head-to-toe sequins, to ballgowns so poufy that the ladies had to stretch to air-kiss (#truestory). Our Tatler Ball guests never need an excuse to dress up, but we gave them a great one anyway.
During the heartwarming opening speech, MD of Edipresse Media Singapore Corinne Ng highlighted that maximalism was also embodied by the eight recipients of that evening’s Singapore Tatler Awards, each owning incredible courage to push their limits and reach for greater heights. The celebration took on a “more is more” approach as well: There were a total of eight photowalls, a huge fallen chandelier centrepiece at the entrance of the ballroom and our famous midnight Teochew porridge spread, cumulating in Tatlergrams of a wonderful night out.
2/5 MDAS Benefit Gala 2018
Guests arrived with feathers, flowers and fruit atop their heads. After all, it was themed “A Night in Brazil”. It's true: when Peggy Jeffs is the chairperson of the organising committee, you know there will be a good theme, great party and spectacular headpieces. Couple that with Samba music, a millinery fashion show and the attendance of ambassador of Brazil Flavio Damico, and his wife Rosa Damico, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Singapore (MDAS) Benefit gala brought the house down.
3/5 The Ball in Monaco 2018 Singapore
For its 10th anniversary, the prestigious Ball in Monaco pulled out all the stops: Fireworks, a glow-in-dark dragon dance, a giant three-tiered cake that took five people to wheel out and an unforgettable charity auction where the most intense bidding was for the one-of-a-kind F.P Journe timepiece created only for the event that fetched $400,000. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco graced this fundraising gala (as he always does), where proceeds go to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
4/5 Wild Rice
When thespians get together, expect a fully-riotous party and concert extravaganza. And when Ivan Heng and Glen Goei are behind the entertainment, expect to be rolling off your Tiffany chair in laughter. The Rice Ball hosted “Out of this World” characters aplenty, with a mish-mash of superheros, alien life and monsters seated at each table in full costume and SFX makeup. The fundraising gala raised $1.275 million that evening, of which half a million going toward its new theatre which will open in September 2019.
5/5 The National Gallery Gala 2018
In Met Gala style, Singapore’s prominent art lovers congregated at the National Gallery for this society ball and previewed the first exhibition on minimalism in Southeast Asia, Minimalism: Space. Light. Object featuring installations by Anish Kapoor and Tatsuo Miyajima. Later, an exhilarating live auction took place alongside the ball feast whipped up by chefs Julien Royer and Violet Oon.