The center of Milan came to a standstill last Saturday, when Arabella Ferrari married Giuseppe Bellora. Ferrari, escorted by her father, cosmetics magnate Dario Ferrari, floated down the aisle of the Santa Babila basilica in an Andrea Odicini-designed dress.
After the wedding, the 700 guests headed over to Milan’s grandest hotel, Il Principe di Savoia, for the wedding ball. The reception rooms were abuzz with Florinda Bolkan, Carlo Nasi, Helmut Berger, Leopoldo and Silvia Serra di Cassano and most of the Cicogna clan, including the bride’s grandmother, Donina.
“Only Isabella Gnecchi could make a brilliant party happen in Milan,” said businessman Carlo Corsi. He was talking about the bride’s mother, who admitted she was exhausted.
“If I had another daughter I would tell her to elope,” she joked.
Each table in the ballroom was named after a flower.
“We’re sitting at the poppycock one,” said Alessandra Borghese, the former Mrs. Constantine Niarchos, who was accompanied by Grillo Demo and Jacopo Etro. The party got wilder as the night went on, beginning with a brief balloon-bursting session and guests flooding the dance floor when Ornella Vanoni, considered by some as Italy’s Barbra Streisand, started singing.
“I was glad not to be sleeping on the second floor,” said one guest.