Young socialite Hannah Husain has etched her name as the first-ever Pakistani debutante to be invited to the prestigious annual Le Bal des Débutantes held in the enchanting city of Paris.
Hannah, epitomizing grace and elegance, brings with her a distinguished lineage. The great-great-granddaughter of Sir Fazle Husain, a prominent barrister, Education Minister, and founder of the Unionist party in India, she also carries the legacy of her great-grandfather, who served as the Pakistani Ambassador to Beirut, Lebanon.
Accompanied by her brother Harris, Hannah Husain made a captivating entrance, adorned in breathtaking designs crafted by renowned fashion luminaries Georges Hobeika and Elie Saab. The opulent affair unfolded at Shangri-La Paris, the former residence of Napoleon Bonaparte’s nephew.
This year’s Le Bal showcased diversity with six Asian debutantes, each with unique backgrounds. Among them were Advaitesha Birla, great-great-granddaughter of GD Birla, founder of the Aditya Birla Group, and Skye Wong, connected to the founders of the Bank of East Asia and Hang Seng Bank in Hong Kong.
Le Bal des Débutantes, an exclusive and invitation-only event, draws attendees from various corners of the globe, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. It serves as a gathering of modern royals, young socialites, and philanthropists, often accompanied by their parents.
Notable past debutantes include Ava Phillippe, Lily Collins, Ella Beatty, Viola Mikkelsen, Sophia-Rose Stallone, and Jen Li, daughter of Huawei’s founder.
Meticulously organized by Ophélie Renouard, the ball not only celebrates tradition but also champions noble causes. Contributions from the event support the cardiology research unit ARCFA of Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, specializing in the care of children with heart defects worldwide, and World Central Kitchen, an organization providing meals to vulnerable communities during global crises.