Fake hair didn't exactly work out for Marie Antoinette, and since then, the style set has mostly steered clear of wigs altogether. But leave it to social swan pioneers Michelle Violy Harper and Giovanna Battaglia (pictured above) to break the mold, and look kinda fabulous while doing so. We spotted the pair glittering at Bergdorf Goodman's 111th Anniversary Party at the Plaza last night in two very different but equally gorgeous wigs. Over-the-top? Yes! Glamourous and proof these two can pull off anything? Also yes! (Regardless, we think there's probably only 1 in 111 parties you can try to pull off a wig right.)
We caught up with Giovanna — who stunned in an archival Dolce & Gabbana beaded coat, a Lanvin dress, and Eddie Borgo jewelry — to get the scoop on her unusual beauty choice, and wouldn't you know it was inspired by a big-screen icon? “The idea for my hair came to me after last Saturday seeing Dolce & Gabbana’s screening of Fellini's restored Satyricon; The characters in the film had these amazing and elaborate hair styles that I loved. I explained the idea to my friend Duffy this week on a photo shoot — he incredibly made the hair piece in one day! It was extraordinary, exactly what the Bergdorf event last night called for!"
Of course, they weren't the only ones who looked absolutely OTT-good last night (not to mention the Plaza itself — party guru extraordinaire Bronson van Wyck hung white fluffy crowds in the back-lit pink ballroom) — and we'd expect no less in honor of Bergdorf Goodman. Despite the crush of gowns (with overlong trains), thousands of flashbulbs, and basically a mosh-pit anyone cool you've ever met in NYC, there was something special about having a major red carpet moment for a department store that's basically one big red carpet. Yes, we even heard hardcore BG-shopper-Plaza-ghost Eloise was there. Quite possibly in a wig. She's one sneaky trendsetter.
Photo: Billy Farrell/BFA.